Royal Review: September 2-8 (No. 2 in a weekly series)
Women’s Soccer (2-2)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team evened its record by posting a pair of wins over the weekend at Fitzpatrick Field in the Joe Bochicchio Classic. The Royals defeated Lebanon Valley, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 7, and upended York (Pa.) by the same score a day later.
Freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored for Scranton in both matches, the first two goals of her career. Freshman midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex Senior) had an assist in Sunday’s win.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) made four saves on Saturday and three on Sunday, giving her 25 career shutouts, tied for second-most in school history.
The Joe Bochicchio Classic is played annually in memory of late Royals head coach Joe Bochicchio, who passed away in 2007. In 23 seasons, he led The University of Scranton women’s soccer program to 296 victories, 15 conference championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when they host Kean at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Field Hockey (3-0)
The University of Scranton field hockey went 2-0 during the week to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Royals opened the week by beating Misericordia, 5-1, at Fitzpatrick Field on Wednesday, Sept. 4, then defeating cross-town rival Marywood, 3-1 on Friday, Sept. 6.
Scranton trailed early against Misericordia, but rallied to win behind two goals from sophomore midfielder Krista Oborne (Blue Bell, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy) and a goal and two assists from junior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon).
Two days later, junior forward Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored twice as the Royals rallied on the road against Marywood.
Scranton will try to improve to 4-0 when it hosts Albright on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Men’s Soccer (1-0-2)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team picked up its first victory of the season by defeating St. John Fisher, 2-1, on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Fitzpatrick Field.
Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) scored both goals, the first coming off a direct kick early in the first half, and the second on a corner kick in the second half. Junior forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) and freshman defender Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) had assists on McGuiness’ second goal.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when they travel to Collegeville, Pa. to take on Ursinus at 7 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished fifth at the Vassar Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) finished sixth overall to lead the Royals, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 19:19.33. Senior Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) finished 14th in 19:51.25, giving Scranton two runners in the top 15.
The Royals will take this weekend off before returning to action for the Jack Daniels Shootout in Cortland, N.Y. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Men’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team finished fifth at the Vassar Invitational in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Senior Matt DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) finished 28th overall, completing the 6,000-meter course in 21:05.96. Freshman James Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) finished 34th in 21:13.96, and sophomore Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) finished 43rd in 21:38.00.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21, when it travels to Cortland, N.Y. for the Jack Daniels Shootout.
Women’s Volleyball (3-5)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team went 1-3 at the Golden Flyer Invitational at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) earned MVP honors for her performance in the four matches.
On Friday, the Royals split a pair of matches, losing to Fredonia State, 3-0, before bouncing back to beat Hartwick College, 3-0. Crilly had 10 kills and 14 digs in the opening match, then had 11 kills and 11 digs in the win over Hartwick. Freshman setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) also had 18 assists in the victory.
On Saturday, Scranton lost to Mt. Union, 3-0, and SUNY-Geneseo, 3-2. Crilly had three kills and seven digs in the loss to Mt. Union, then had 22 kills and 11 digs against SUNY-Geneseo. Freshman libero Victoria Reilly (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and sophomore defensive specialist Kimberly Marino (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) finished with 25 and 18 digs, respectively, against Geneseo.
Women’s volleyball returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when it travels to Cortland, N.Y. to take on SUNY-Cortland at 7 p.m.
Men’s Golf (1-0)
The University of Scranton men’s golf team won its first match of the season by defeating Baptist Bible College, 308-362, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Stonehedge Golf Club in Factoryville, Pa.
Senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) led Scranton as each shot 5-over-par 76.
The Royals are back on the golf course on Monday, Sept. 9, when they host Marywood and Baptist Bible College at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Monday, Sept. 9
Men’s golf – vs. Marywood & Baptist Bible (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at SUNY-Cortland (7 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Ursinus (7 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Kean (7 p.m.)
Men’s golf – at Moravian Fall Invitational (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Richard Stockton, at Neumann (6 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Widener, at Neumann (8 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Albright (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Johns Hopkins (4:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – at Delaware Valley (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Bryn Mawr, at Neumann (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Neumann (3 p.m.)