Royal Review: Sept. 30-Oct. 6 (No. 6 in a weekly series)
Men’s Soccer (6-1-3, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team won its only match of the week in thrilling fashion, defeating Goucher College, 2-1, in double overtime on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Towson, Md.
The Royals won when senior midfielder Colin McFadden (Ventnor City, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) converted a penalty kick with 32 seconds left in the second overtime period. Scranton also got a goal from senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who was assisted by senior forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus).
The Royals are in action Tuesday, Oct. 8, when they travel to upstate New York to face Elmira at 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (9-2, 2-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team won twice during the week to extend its winning streak to nine straight matches, its longest since 2003.
The Royals opened the week by defeating Wilkes University, 2-0, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) and sophomore forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) scored goals in the victory.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, Scranton rolled to a 5-0 victory at Goucher behind a hat trick from senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown). Freshman midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex Senior) added a goal and two assists, freshman forward Stephanie Gonella (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) had a goal, and freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had an assist.
The victory improved the Royals to 23-0-2 in its last 25 matches against Landmark Conference foes. Scranton has not allowed a goal to a Landmark opponent since late in 2011, a span of 11 matches.
Scranton is back on the pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when it hosts Western Connecticut State at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Field Hockey (9-1, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team won its only match of the week, a 4-1 victory over Goucher on Friday, Oct. 4, at Fitzpatrick Field.
In the match, which was delayed for more than an hour by severe weather late in the first half, junior midfielder Kathleen Keale (Wall, N.J./Wall) scored a pair of goals, fellow junior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) had a goal and two assists, and sophomore midfielder Meghan Kearney (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) added a goal.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when it visits Moravian at 4 p.m. in a Landmark Conference match in Bethlehem, Pa.
Men’s Cross Country
The Royals finished 26th out of 42 teams at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Bethlehem, Pa.
Sophomore Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and senior Stefan Bossbaly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) both finished in the top 100. Golebiowski covered the 8,000-meter course in 28:44 to finish 90th, five spots ahead of Bossbaly, who finished in a time of 28:50.
The Royals next compete at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11:15 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country
The Royals were entered in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Saturday, Oct. 5, but the race was canceled after severe weather hit the Bethlehem, Pa. midway through the event.
Scranton is next scheduled to compete on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Princeton Invitational at 10:30 a.m.
Women’s Volleyball (6-19, 1-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team traveled to Susquehanna for its first weekend of Landmark Conference play and went 1-3 on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.
On Saturday, the Royals fell to seventh-ranked Juniata, 3-0, and Susquehanna, 3-0. In the match with Susquehanna, junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had eight kills and 20 digs, and senior outside hitter Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) had 13 digs.
On Sunday, Scranton lost to Catholic, 3-0, but bounced back to defeat Moravian, 3-1. Crilly had 17 kills and 19 digs in the win over Moravian, and sophomore middle hitter Rachel Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) added nine kills and three blocks.
In the loss to Catholic, McCrudden and freshman libero Victoria Reilly (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) combined for 25 digs.
The Royals are back on the court on Thursday, Oct. 10, when they host Misericordia at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
Women’s Tennis (0-3)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team wrapped up its fall season with a 7-2 loss at Oneonta State on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Junior Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) remained undefeated in singles play with a win at No. 2 singles, giving her 23 career victories. Scranton’s other point was recorded at No. 3 doubles by junior Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park) and freshman Dana Ranney (Morristown, N.J./Madison).
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Men’s soccer – at Elmira (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Moravian (4 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Western Connecticut State (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Merchant Marine (noon)
Women’s soccer – at Ursinus (noon)
Sunday, Oct. 13
Field hockey – at Wells (1 p.m.)