Royal Review: October 14-20 (No. 8 in a weekly series)
Women’s Soccer (13-2, 3-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to 13 with a pair of victories and remained in first place in the Landmark Conference.
The Royals started the week with a 1-0 win at Penn State-Berks on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Freshman Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) scored the lone goal of the match, her team-leading ninth of the season.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Royals defeated Landmark Conference foe Susquehanna, 2-0. Sophomore forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) had a goal and an assist, freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added a goal, and senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) had a pair of assists in the win.
Scranton is now 24-0-2 in its last 26 matches against Landmark Conference foes, and the Royals have not allowed a goal to a Landmark opponent in their last 12 matches.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when they host Moravian in a Landmark Conference match at 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball (8-19, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team won its only match of the week and is gearing up for the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs.
The Royals traveled to Washington, D.C. and defeated Goucher College, 3-1, in a Landmark Conference match on Saturday, Oct. 19. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had 17 kills, 13 digs and three aces to lead Scranton. Scranton also received seven kills and four blocks from sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) and 31 assists and five digs from freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven).
Scranton returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Penn State-Berks on Senior Night at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
Men’s Soccer (8-2-3, 1-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team went 1-1 during the week, winning a non-conference match and dropping a Landmark Conference match.
The Royals opened the week with a 1-0 victory over visiting Oneonta State on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore forward Nick Paganelli (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) scored the only goal less than three minutes into the match on an assist from senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West).
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Royals dropped a 1-0 decision against Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference match.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Moravian in a Landmark Conference match at 3:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Field Hockey (12-2, 2-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team went 1-1 during the week, earning a non-conference win before falling in conference play on the weekend.
The Royals defeated visiting Oneonta State, 1-0, in a non-conference match on Thursday, Oct. 17. Junior midfielder Kathleen Keale (Wall, N.J./Wall) scored the match-winning goal on an assist from freshman midfielder Jessica Gibson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin).
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Royals dropped a 2-1 decision in a Landmark Conference match at Susquehanna. Junior midfielder Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored the Royals’ only goal on an assist by sophomore defender Jessica Pankey (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes).
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when it hosts Montclair State at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (2-0)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team opened its season with a pair of victories, 80-15 over Cabrini and 86-9 over FDU-Florham, on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Byron Center.
Sophomore Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) won the 500 (5:23.52) and 1000 free (11:15.07) and the Royals finished first in nine of 11 events. Also recording first-place finishes were sophomore Chris Conway (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood) in the 200 free (1:53.40), freshman Matthew Finnegan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City Senior) in the 50 free (:22.89), junior Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity) in the 100 fly (:53.99), sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Upper Dauphin) in the 100 free (:49.57), sophomore Nicholas Hennig (Verona, N.J./Verona) in the 100 back (:58.27), and junior Mike Ambrose (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.44).
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when it hosts Widener at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (2-0)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team posted a pair of wins to open the season, defeating FDU Florham, 86-9, and Cabrini, 76-19, on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Byron Center.
Junior Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) dominated the distance events, winning the 500 (5:41.83) and 1000 free (11:36.87). Scranton also received first-place finishes from sophomore Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) in the 50 free (:26.13), junior Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 200 individual medley (2:25.05), freshman Kara Osborne (Washington, D.C./St. John’s College) in the 100 fly (1:02.77), sophomore Hanna Sandor (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) in the 100 back (1:03.40), and junior Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.78).
The Royals are back in the pool on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host Widener at 1 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished 21st in the 25-team Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Princeton, N.J.
Senior Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) finished 78th to lead Scranton, finishing the 6,000-meter course in 23:11. Sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) finished 142nd in 24:01 with junior teammate Rachel Coniff (Roaring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) close behind in 147th with a time of 24:16.
The Royals will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Landmark Conference championships, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.
Men’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team finished 29th in the Princeton Invitational, a race that featured 22 NCAA Division I teams, on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Senior Matt DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) led the Royals in a time of 27:28, placing 234th overall, and was followed in the lineup by senior Stefan Bossbaly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Holy Ghost Preparatory), who was 240th in 27:53, sophomore Corey Wasilnak (Endwell, N.Y./Maine Endwell), who finished 243rd in 28:02, freshman James Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier), who was 249th in 28:26, and sophomore Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), who finished 250th in 28:28.
Scranton will now prepare for the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s soccer – vs. Moravian (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Penn State-Berks (7 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Montclair State (4 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Wilkes (7 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Drew (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Drew (3:30 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Widener (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Widener (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Rutgers-Camden at Cabrini (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Cabrini (3 p.m.)