Royal Review: Sept. 23-29 (No. 5 in a weekly series)

Women’s Soccer (7-2, 1-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to seven with a pair of victories, including a win in the Landmark Conference opener.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, freshman forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) scored late in regulation and again in overtime to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Muhlenberg at Fitzpatrick Field. Freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) picked up an assist on Bacon’s first goal, and senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) drew a penalty in the box to set up Bacon’s match-winning penalty shot.

Scranton returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when it hosts Wilkes at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Field Hockey (8-1, 0-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team went 1-1 during the week, extending its best start in school history to eight victories before losing its Landmark Conference opener.

The Royals went on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and defeated Immaculata, 5-2, to keep their winning streak alive. Junior forward Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored two goals and junior midfielders Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Kathleen Keale (Wall, N.J./Wall) and sophomore forward Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) added one apiece.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Royals led late in the match, but lost to Juniata, 2-1, in overtime at Fitzpatrick Field. Keale scored in the 68th minute, but the Eagles rallied to end Scranton’s winning streak.

The Royals are back in action on Friday, Oct. 4, when they host Goucher College in a Landmark Conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men’s Soccer (5-1-3, 0-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s soccer team went 1-1 during the week, winning a non-conference match against Ithaca before falling on the road to Juniata in the Landmark Conference opener.

In the 2-1 win over Ithaca on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Fitzpatrick Field, the Royals received goals from sophomore midfielder Michael Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and freshman forward Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School). Senior forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and freshman midfielder Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) had assists.

On Saturday, the Royals lost at Juniata, 1-0, in overtime as the Eagles scored with less than three minutes before double overtime.

The Royals return to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they visit Goucher College in Towson, Md. for a Landmark Conference match at 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Golf (6-0)

The University of Scranton men’s golf team won a tri-match and a duel match during the week to remain unbeaten.

The Royals opened the week by defeating Wilkes, 318-377, and Kings, 318-339, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Senior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) shot a four-over-par 75 and fellow senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) shot 76 to lead Scranton.

On Friday, Sept. 27, Scranton defeated Marywood, 297-303, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course. Hudacek led a the Royals by shooting an even-par 72, and junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was one shot behind him at 73.

Friday’s match completed the Royals’ fall season. They will continue play in the spring.

Women’s Volleyball (5-16)

The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team suffered five defeats during the week, including four to nationally ranked opponents.

Scranton opened the week by falling to Muhlenberg, 3-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Long Center. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had six kills, including the 1,000th of her career, and eight digs.

The Royals traveled to Newport News, Va. for the Christopher Newport Invitational on Friday and Saturday. They lost twice on Friday, 3-0 to 15th-ranked Eastern and 3-0 to 17th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. Crilly finished the day with 17 kills and 18 digs.

On Saturday, Scranton lost to 19th-ranked Christopher Newport, 3-1, and seventh-ranked Juniata, 3-0. Crilly reached the 1,000-dig milestone with 11 on the day to go along with 15 kills. She is the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. Sophomore middle hitter Rachel Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) finished the day with 10 blocks and six kills.

Scranton is back on the court on Saturday, Oct. 5, when it opens Landmark Conference play when it faces Juniata at 1 p.m. and Moravian at 6 p.m. at Susquehanna.

Men’s Tennis (0-1)

The University of Scranton men’s tennis team hosted the Scranton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields.

Senior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) reached the semifinals of the ‘A’ singles bracket, while sophomores Michael O’Malley (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and Kevin Murphy (Greenbelt, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) teamed up to reach the semis of the ‘B’ doubles bracket in the non-team scoring event.

The tournament completes Scranton’s fall season. The Royals will be back in action beginning in March.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics 

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Women’s soccer – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 4
Field hockey – vs. Goucher (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 5
Men’s cross country – Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh (10 a.m.)
Women’s cross country – Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh (10 a.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Goucher (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Oneonta State (noon)


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