Royal Review: Sept. 16-22 (No. 4 in a weekly series)

Field Hockey (7-0)

The University of Scranton field hockey team won three times during the week to remain unbeaten and post the best start to a season in school history.

The Royals began the week with a 4-1 victory at King’s on Tuesday, Sept. 17, behind a pair of first-half goals from sophomore forward Krista Osborne (Blue Bell, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy). Junior forward Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added a goal and an assist.

Scranton matched the best start in school history on Thursday, Sept. 19, when it beat Keystone, 3-0, at Fitzpatrick Field. Osborne scored twice and sophomore forward Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) added a goal. Junior goalkeeper Maria Begliomini (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) made two saves for her second shutout of the season.

The Royals set the school record by holding off Albright, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fitzpatrick Field. Whitman scored the game’s only goal in the 46th minute and the Royals’ defense, led by sophomore defender Jessica Pankey (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes), held Albright scoreless in the victory.

Scranton will try to remain unbeaten when it travels to Immaculata on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for a 7 p.m. match.

Men’s Soccer (4-0-3)

The University of Scranton men’s team posted a victory and a draw in its two matches during the week to remain unbeaten. The seven-match unbeaten streak is the second-longest to open a season since 1993, trailing only last season’s 13-match unbeaten run.

The Royals opened the week by posting a 1-0 victory at Misericordia on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) scored in the 55th minute to give the Royals the victory. It was McGuiness’s sixth goal of the season, his third game-winner, and the fifth straight match he scored in.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Royals played to a 0-0 draw in double overtime against Albright in a match played in stay, sometimes heavy, rain. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made two saves for his second straight shutout and third of the season.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when the Royals host Ithaca at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women’s Soccer (5-2)

The University of Scranton women’s soccer team pushed its winning streak to five matches by scoring 10 total goals in two victories.

The Royals started the week by defeating Marywood, 7-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) scored twice and had an assist, sophomore forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) had two goals and freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a goal and an assist.

Scranton won again on Saturday by scoring late in regulation and late in overtime to defeat Farmingdale State, 3-2, on the road. Freshman forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) scored in the 83rd minute to tie the match at 2, and Russo scored with 90 seconds to go in overtime for the victory.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 24, when they host Muhlenberg at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women’s Volleyball (5-11)

The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team went 1-2 during the week, dropping a match at Oneonta State on Tuesday, Sept. 17, before splitting a pair of matches at Baptist Bible College on Saturday, Sept. 21.

On Tuesday at Oneonta State, the Royals fell, 3-1, despite nine kills and 10 digs from outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and eight kills, six digs and two blocks from sophomore middle hitter Rachel Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy).

On Saturday, Scranton knocked off Baptist Bible, 3-0, before falling to Penn State-Altoona, 3-2. Crilly had 34 kills on the afternoon, leaving her one shy of 1,000 for her career. Freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had 33 assists in the win over Baptist Bible, and senior outside hitter Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) had 13 kills and 16 digs in the loss to PSU-Altoona.

The Royals are back on the court on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when they host Muhlenberg at 7 p.m.

Men’s Golf (1-0)

The University of Scranton men’s golf team won the Anthracite Golf Championships on Monday, Sept. 16, then got off to a strong start in the first two rounds of the Empire 8 Conference championships over the weekend.

On Monday, the Royals were led by senior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City), who shot a 3-over-par 74 at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa., and lost the individual title on a match of cards. Junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) added a 75 and senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) added a 78 as Scranton finished with a total of 294 to win by 42 strokes.

In the Empire 8 championships on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, in New Hartford, N.Y., the Royals played two solid rounds and are in second place, nine shots behind three-time defending champion St. John Fisher. Sophomore Eric Montella (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) is in a tie for fourth place after rounds of 74-77 at the par-71 Yahnundasis Golf Club. Meyer is a shot back and tied for sixth after rounds of 74-78.

The final two rounds of the Empire 8 championships will be played in the spring.

Scranton is back on the golf course on when they host Wilkes and King’s on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.a t Glenamaura National Golf Club.

Women’s Tennis (0-2)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team dropped its first two matches of the season, falling at Wilkes, 8-1, on Friday, Sept. 20, then dropping a 6-3 decision to Lebanon Valley on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields.

Junior Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) posted a pair of singles victories at No. 2 singles in the losses. She also added a doubles victory against Lebanon Valley. Sophomore Courtney Barron (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) added a win at No. 5 singles against Lebanon Valley.

Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 5, when it visits Oneonta State at noon.

Men’s Cross Country

The University of Scranton men’s cross country team finished third at the Jack Daniels Shootout at Cortland State on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Senior Matt DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) and freshman James Buckley (Belle Harbor, NY/Xavier) were the first Royals across the finish line, placing 27th and 33rd in 20:40.2 and 20.51.5, respectively, while sophomore Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was next, finishing 37th in 20:59.2.

Scranton is back in action in two weeks when it runs in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country

The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished second at the Jack Daniels Shootout at Cortland State on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Royals’ best finish in their three years competing in the event.

Senior Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) finished second overall in 15:05.2 while sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) was one spot behind in 15:20.6. The Royals placed three other runners in the top 15, led by senior Mary O'Neill (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North), who was 10th in a time of 15:47.1. Freshman Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) was 14th in 16:00.2, and junior Rachel Coniff (Roaring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) was one spot behind in 16:07.3.

The Royals are back on the course in two weeks when they run in the Paul Short Invitational at Leigh on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics 

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Field hockey – at Immaculata (7 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Muhlenberg (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Men’s golf – vs. Wilkes & King’s, at Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Ithaca (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Muhlenberg (7 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 27
Men’s golf – vs. Marywood, at Scranton Municipal (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – Scranton Invitational
Women’s volleyball – at Christopher Newport Invitational, vs. Eastern & Wisc.-Whitewater (4 & 6 p.m.) 

Saturday, Sept. 28
Field hockey – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – at Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – Scranton Invitational
Women’s volleyball – at Christopher Newport Invitational, vs. Christopher Newport & Juniata (12 & 2 p.m.)

Sunday, Sept. 29
Men’s tennis – Scranton Invitational

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