Royal Review: October 21-27 (No. 9 in a weekly series)
Men’s Swimming & Diving (3-0)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team stayed undefeated with a 155-111 victory over Widener on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Byron Center.
Scranton picked up first-place finishes from sophomore Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) in the 100 free, sophomore Christopher Conway (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood) in the 200 free, senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke, junior Mike Ambrose (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) in the 200 breaststroke, junior Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan) in the 100 fly and sophomore Kyle Burnett (Cedar Grove, N.J./St. Anthony’s) in the 200 individual medley.
Scranton returns to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 2, when it hosts Dickinson at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (3-0)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team maintained its unbeaten record with a 147.5-114.5 victory over Widener on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Byron Center.
The Royals received two first-place finishes from senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) in the 50 free and 200 breaststroke, along with a one victory each from sophomore Hanna Sandor (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) in the 100 back, juniors Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, respectively, and freshman Kara Osborne (Washington, D.C./St. John’s College H.S.) in the 200 fly.
Scranton is back in action when it hosts Dickinson on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center
Women’s Soccer (14-2-1, 4-0-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team clinched a playoff berth and can finish no worse than second in the Landmark Conference after going 1-0-1 in a pair of conference games last week.
The Royals battled to a 2-2 draw against Moravian on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals received goals from freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and sophomore midfielder Michaela Arbus (Pequannock, N.J./ DePaul Catholic) in the match.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, in Madison, N.J., Scranton earned a key 4-2 victory over Drew University to pass the Rangers and move into first place with one week remaining in the regular season. Junior midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) had a goal and an assist, and senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), junior midfielder Andrea Ricketti (Hamilton, N.J./The Pennington School) and freshman forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) added goals.
The Royals will complete their regular season when they host Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals will honor their four seniors prior to the start of the match.
Women’s Volleyball (10-21, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team went 2-2 during the week and has three regular season matches remaining before the start of the Landmark Conference playoffs, in which the Royals will be the No. 4 seed.
Scranton opened its week by falling to Penn State-Berks, 3-1, on Senior Night in the Long Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Sophomore Lizzy Zimmermann (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) led Scranton with 12 kills and eight digs and sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) contributed eight kills, five digs, and four blocks.
The Royals rebounded with a 3-0 victory at Wilkes on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Zimmermann finished with 10 kills and 12 blocks for her first career double-double, and senior Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) had seven kills and 15 digs.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Royals split a pair of matches at Cabrini, defeating Rutgers-Camden, 3-2, before falling to Cabrini, 3-0. Junior Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had 12 kills and 19 digs in the win over Rutgers-Camden and added nine kills and 15 digs in the loss to Cabrini. Zimmermann added 13 kills while Cisto had nine kills, eight digs and six blocks against Rutgers-Camden.
The Royals will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 29, when they travel across town to face Marywood at 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (9-2-4, 2-2-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team picked up four crucial points with a victory and a draw in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the week by defeating Moravian, 3-1, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals received goals from junior forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata), junior midfielder Rich Loeffler (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore forward Nick Paganelli (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory). Freshman midfielder Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) also had a pair of assists.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Royals rallied for a 2-2 draw against Drew University in Madison, N.J. Bergen and sophomore midfielder Michael Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) scored goals in the match.
Scranton will host Merchant Marine Academy in a critical Landmark Conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals are currently in fifth place, two points behind the Mariners. The top four teams make the playoffs.
Field Hockey (12-4, 2-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team lost a pair of one-goal matches during the week. The Royals are currently in fourth place with one match remaining in Landmark Conference play. The top four teams earn spots in the playoffs.
The Royals fell to top-ranked Montclair State, 3-2, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior midfielder Kathleen Keale (Wall, N.J./Wall) and sophomore forward Krista Osborne (Blue Bell, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) each scored goals in the loss.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Royals fell to Drew University, 5-4, on Senior Day at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior forward Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored twice while Keale and freshman forward Elizabeth Franko (Falls, Pa./Tunkhannock) added goals in the loss.
The Royals will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Vassar College on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Field hockey – at Vassar (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Marywood (7 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Merchant Marine Academy (7:30 p.m.)
Men’s cross country – Landmark Conference Championships, Washington, D.C. (10 a.m.)
Women’s cross country – Landmark Conference Championships, Washington, D.C. (11 a.m.)
Field hockey – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Catholic (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Catholic (1 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Dickinson (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Dickinson (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Lebanon Valley (11 a.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Gallaudet, at Lebanon Valley (3 p.m.)
Wrestling – at Monarch Invitational, at King’s (9:30 a.m.)