Royal Review: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 (No. 1 in a weekly series)

Junior midfielder Alyssa Fania scored the game-winning goal in the field hockey team's season-opening 2-1 win over Muhlenberg on Friday.
Junior midfielder Alyssa Fania scored the game-winning goal in the field hockey team's season-opening 2-1 win over Muhlenberg on Friday.

Field Hockey (1-0)

The University of Scranton field hockey team opened its season with a 2-1 victory over Muhlenberg on Friday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) scored on a penalty stroke in the 68th minute to lift the Royals to the victory. Junior forward Cassie Mullen (Clear Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added a goal early in the second half, and junior goalkeeper Krista Mundy (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) made four saves in the cage.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 4, when it hosts Misericordia at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women’s Volleyball (2-2)

The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team opened its season by going 2-2 in the Scranton Invitational in the Long Center. The Royals defeated Sage College, 3-2, and fell to John Carroll, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon, then on Sunday they defeated Mt. Alyosius, 3-0, before falling to Lycoming, 3-1.

The Royals rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Sage to give Jamie Spangler a victory in his head coaching debut. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) led Scranton with 18 kills and 11 digs and senior outside hitter Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) finished with six service aces and eight digs.

Against John Carroll, Crilly led the way with eight kills and 10 digs, and freshman libero Victoria Reilly (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) added 15 digs.

On Sunday, Crilly had five kills and four digs in the win over Mt. Aloysius, then had 21 kills and 12 digs in the loss to Lycoming. She was named Scranton Invitational MVP for her efforts over the two days.

Against Mt. Aloysius, sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) led Scranton with six kills, freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had 16 assists and nine digs, and senior Kelly Johnson (Pearl River, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) contributed six total blocks.

Reilly also earned all-tournament honors by finishing the four matches with 47 kills. John Carroll won the team title by going 4-0.

The Royals are back in action next weekend when they travel to Rochester, N.Y. for the Golden Flyer Invitational at Nazareth College on Friday and Saturday.

Men’s Golf

The University of Scranton men’s golf team won its fourth straight Utica Invitational title on Sunday at Skenandoa Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.

The Royals finished with a team total of 294, edging second-place Stevens by eight shots. Senior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) led the way for Scranton with a four-under-par 68, a new career low. Junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) added a 72, senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) shot 76 and freshman Kevin Nardella (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) shot 78.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday when they face Baptist Bible College at 1 p.m. at Stonehedge Golf Club in Factoryville, Pa.

Men’s Soccer (0-0-2)

The University of Scranton men’s soccer team earned a pair of ties on the opening weekend of the season, drawing with Elizabethtown, 2-2, in double overtime on Friday evening, and also tying Cabrini, 1-1, in double overtime on Saturday, both at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals, who were ranked 10th in the preseason top 25 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, opened the season by rallying against Elizabethtown. Freshman defender Patrick Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) tied the match with his first career goal in the 97th minute. The Royals also received a goal from senior forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) as they twice overcame one-goal deficits.

On Saturday, Scranton rallied again, this time when senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) scored on a direct kick in the 54th minute. The goal was McGuiness’s 17th of his career.

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they host St. John Fisher at 4:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men’s Cross Country

Sophomore Corey Wasilnak (Endwell, N.Y./Maine Endwell) finished 85th to pace The University of Scranton men’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish at the Lehigh Valley Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University, on Saturday morning.

Wasilnak completed the 6,000-meter course in 21:13.44, leading a group of four Royals who finished within 29 seconds of each other. Sophomore Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) finished 98th in 21:27.60, followed by freshman James Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) in 102nd in 21:34.36, and senior Matthew DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) was 108th in 21:41.79.

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for the Vassar Invitational at 10:30 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country

The University of Scranton women’s cross country team competed in the Lehigh Valley Invitational on Saturday, running 4,000 meters for developmental purposes, rather than the full 6,000. Sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) paced the group in 15:35, followed by senior Mary O’Neill (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) in 16:18, junior Rachel Coniff (Roaring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) in 16:34, and freshman Patricia Hoffman (Patricia, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) in 17:09.

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for the Vassar Invitational at 11:30 a.m.  

Women’s Soccer (0-2)

The University of Scranton women’s soccer team opened its season with a pair of losses, falling 1-0 in double overtime at Franklin & Marshall on Friday, and 2-0 at top-ranked Messiah on Saturday.

The Royals outshot the Diplomats, 10-8, on Friday, but Franklin & Marshall scored the match-winning goal less than four minutes before the end of the second overtime. On Saturday, the two-time defending champion Falcons scored early and added an insurance goal late to drop the Royals to 0-2.

Scranton returns to action for the Joe Bochicchio Classic on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, at Fitzpatrick Field. On Saturday, the Royals will host Lebanon Valley at 1 p.m., while they host York (Pa.) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Field hockey – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men’s golf – at Baptist Bible (1 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 6
Field hockey – at Marywood (5 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Fredonia St., at Rochester, N.Y. (4 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Hartwick, at Rochester, N.Y. (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 7
Men’s cross country – at Vassar Invitational (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s cross country – at Vassar Invitational (11:30 a.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Lebanon Valley (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Mt. Union (noon)

Sunday, Sept. 8
Women’s soccer – vs. York (Pa.) (1 p.m.)