Women's Soccer (2-0)
The University of Scranton women's soccer team opened the season with a pair of wins at the Cougar Classic at Kean University on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3.
On Friday, the Royals defeated the Kean, 2-0, behind goals from sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parisippany Hills). Scranton held a commanding 21-6 edge in shots, but didn't break a scoreless tie until the final 15 minutes of the match.
On Saturday, the Royals scored in the fourth minute en route to a 2-0 win over Cortland State. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) scored in the fourth minute on an assist from Stevens, and junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) scored in the 69th on an assist from sophomore midfielder Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell).
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when the Royals travel to Swarthmore, Pa. to take on Swarthmore at 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer (2-0)
The University of Scranton men's soccer team got their 2016 season off on the right foot this past weekend, as the Royals knocked off Gettysburg (1-0) on Saturday, then blew out Cabrini (4-0) on Sunday at Fitzpatrick Field to start 2-0.
In the Gettysburg match, an own goal in the 23rd minute proved to be the difference, as Scranton goalie junior Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) was terrific in net for 90 minutes, making seven saves to preserve the shutout. For Hintz, it was his 21st career shutout win, the fifth most in program history.
Against Cabrini, the Royals offense got back on track, scoring three first half goals to coast to a four-score win at home. Scoring in the half were senior Tim DiBisceglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's), freshman Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) and senior Michael Newell (Worcester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll).
Smith added his second goal of the day in the 69th minute, as the Scranton defense was strong all day, as Cabrini took just four total shots in 90 minutes of action.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Muhlenberg at Fitzpatrick Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Field Hockey (1-1)
The University of Scranton field hockey team split their first two matches of the 2016 season this past week, falling at Muhlenberg on Thursday, 3-1, before returning home to Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday and besting Keystone, 3-0.
Against Keystone, junior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored twice in the first half to lead the offense, while sophomore Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) recorded two assists in the victory.
The University of Scranton field hockey team is back in action on Wednesday, hosting William Paterson at Fitzpatrick Field. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball (4-1)
The University of Scranton volleyball team got its 2016 season off to a good start this past week, going 4-1 in five matches.
The Royals got the season underway on Thursday night in the Long Center against Lycoming and came away with a sweep in three sets (25-11, 25-23, 25-15). In the win, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals attack, posting a match-high 15 kills.
On Friday, the Royals kicked off a busy weekend in the Long Center, as the program hosted the 2016 Scranton Invitational on both Friday and Saturday. The weekend got off to a great start for Scranton, as they bested both Mount St. Mary's (25-14, 25-19, 25-18) and Penn State Behrend (25-23, 25-19, 25-18) in three sets on Friday.
In the Mount St. Mary's match, junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) led the charge registering nine kills, a career-high eight aces and five digs, while in the Penn State Behrend contest, freshman Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) posted a banner effort on the Scranton attack in the win, recording a match-high 13 kills in the victory.
On Saturday, Scranton was first able to get past Wheaton in four sets (25-22, 19-25, 25-12, 26-24), before dropping a heartbreaker to FDU-Florham (25-22, 24-26, 23-25, 25-19, 12-15) in the final match of the Invitational later in the day. In both games, Kirwan was dominant on the attack, posting a career-high 27 kills in the Wheaton match and 25 more kills in the narrow loss to FDU-Florham.
The Royals return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Franklin & Marshall for a single contest. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Women's Cross Country
Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) finished 17th to lead The University of Scranton women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the season-opening Misericordia Invitational on Thursday evening.
Hoffman covered the 4,000-meter course in 17:19.51 to lead Scranton, which finished with 93 points. The Royals used the event as a tuneup race to test their fitness before getting into the meat of their schedule in two weeks.
Sophomore Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was the next Scranton runner across the line, finishing 21st in 17:40.67. Junior Kelly Buccisano (Wyckoff, N.J./Indian Hills) was 26th with a time of 17:50.47, and junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) was 28th in 17:57.97.
The Royals return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to run in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational, hosted by Vassar College.
Men's Cross Country
Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) finished 20th overall to help The University of Scranton men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish in the Misericordia Invitational on Thursday afternoon.
Buckley covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:11.70 as the Royals finished with 114 points. They used the race as a tuneup before getting into the heart of the season in two weeks.
Freshman Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was the second Scranton runner to finish, coming across the line in 25th with a time of 18:24.51. Sophomore Matt Barrett (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was three spots further back with a time of 18:29.80.
Scranton will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they run in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational, hosted by Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Men's golf – vs. Marywood/Wilkes, at Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Swarthmore (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Men's golf – at King's, Wyoming Valley Country Club (1 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Muhlenberg (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. William Paterson (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Franklin & Marshall (7 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 9
Women's volleyball – vs. Ithaca, at Muhlenberg (3 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. DeSales, at Muhlenberg (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 10
Men's cross country – at Ron Stonitsch Invitational, Vassar College (10 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Ron Stonitsch Invitational, Vassar College (10:45 a.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Marymount, at Muhlenberg (12 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Muhlenberg (2 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Centenary (2:30 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Western Connecticut State (3 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 11
Women's tennis – at Wilkes (11 a.m.)