Women's Golf (1-0)
The first women's golf match in University of Scranton history was played on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when the Royals faced Wilkes at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. At the end of the day, it was a memorable debut for Scranton's women's golf team, as the Royals beat the Colonels, 5-0, in match play format.
It started with junior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate High School) knocking the first shot in school history down the middle on the first hole, continued with junior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) making the first birdie in University of Scranton women's golf history on the second hole, and continued from there.
Allen and freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), who made a birdie on the back nine, led the way with victories in the first foursome, and Cranney and sophomore Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) also took the two matches in the second group. Sophomore Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) completed the sweep with a win in the final group, finishing off what head coach Ed Karpovich called "quite a day."
The Royals will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 25, when they host Wilkes, Arcadia and Marywood at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mount Cobb, Pa.
Women's Soccer (4-1-1)
The women's soccer team posted a pair of wins during the week, including an exciting win in the team's home opener.
The Royals opened the week by traveling across town and bringing back a 4-0 victory over Marywood. Scranton scored three times in the second half to take control and improve to 6-0 all-time against the Pacers. Junior Meredith D'Angelo (Hatboro, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) scored her first career goal, and sophomores Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added goals.
On Saturday, the Royals edged Farmingdale State, 1-0, at Fitzpatrick Field in the home opener. Hreniuk scored in the 26th minute and the defense posted its fourth shutout in six matches this season.
The women's soccer team is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 20, when the Royals travel to Allentown, Pa. to take on Muhlenberg at 7 p.m.
Men's Cross Country
The men's cross country team had its best effort of the season, running to second place at the Cougar Classic at Misericordia on Saturday morning.
Royals' senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) was the only non-Misericordia runner in the top six, finishing fourth by completing the 8,000-meter course in 28:00.99. It was the third time in three events this season Buckley has led the Royals.
Senior Marc Kalny (Lynbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was the next Scranton runner to finish, coming in eighth with a time of 29:03.47. Freshman Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was next in ninth in 29:17.24.
The Royals now have a week off before running in the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Women's Cross Country
The women's cross country team put forth a strong effort over the weekend, finishing second at the Cougar Classic at Misericordia on Saturday morning.
Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) led the Royals by finishing 10th with a time of 25:44.73 on the 6,000-meter course. She has led Scranton in each of the first three events this season.
Junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) was next across the line for Scranton, finishing 16th with a time of 26:38.59. Freshman Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was third for the Royals in 27:05.98.
The team now has a week off before competing in the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
The men's golf team had a busy week, playing a tri-match and competing in the first two rounds of the Empire 8 Conference championships.
In the tri-match on Tuesday at Glenmaura National Golf Club, the Royals defeated Keystone, 327-377, but lost to King's, 325-327, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and junior David Harris (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) both shot 9-over-par 80 to lead Scranton. Junior Matthew Kane (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) added an 83 and sophomore Griffin Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) shot 84 to round out the team's top four scores.
Over the weekend, the Royals had a pair of solid rounds at the Empire 8 Conference championships at Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville, N.Y. The Royals finished with a two-day total of 665 and are in fourth place with two rounds left in the spring.
Huggins shot rounds of 79-83 for a two-day total of 18-over-par 162 and is tied for ninth. Junior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) are tied for 14th at 166.
The Royals will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 22, when they travel to Factoryville, Pa. to take on Keystone at Stonehedge Golf Course at 1 p.m.
It was another busy week for the University of Scranton volleyball team, as the Royals played five matches, going 1-4 on the week to drop to 7-8 on the season.
First on Wednesday against SUNY-Cortland, the Royals fell in five sets (25-19, 17-25, 25-13, 20-25, 13-15). Overall, the Royals were led on the attack by sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who finished the match with 14 kills and 11 digs.
The Royals then hit the road, traveling to the Christopher Newport Invitational over the weekend in Newport News, Va. The team got off to a great start on Friday night, knocking off Averett in five sets to open the Invite (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 23-25, 15-10).
In the win, Scranton was once again led by Kirwan, matching a career-high with 27 kills in the victory. Many of those attacks were set up by senior setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who had the best night of her four-year career statistically in the match with 59 assists, breaking the previous mark of 53 set last season.
The Royals then dropped a three-set decision to host Christopher Newport to end the night on Friday (18-25, 10-25, 19-25). On Saturday, Scranton dropped a tough five-set decision to Averett (19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 10-15), then lost in three to CNU (9-25, 18-25, 22-25) to end the weekend.
In the Averett loss, Kirwan once again was dominant on the attack, finishing with a match-high 27 kills. With another banner game, Kirwan has now gone over 20 kills in six matches on the season, hitting the 27 kill mark three times. For her efforts at the CNU Invite, she was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Cafiero.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Thursday, hosting Marywood and Wilkes in a tri-match at the John Long Center. The Marywood match is set for start at 5 p.m., followed by the Wilkes contest at 9 p.m.
Field Hockey (3-3)
The University of Scranton field hockey team played three matches on the week, going 2-1. The Royals knocked off Misericordia on Tuesday, 2-0, then followed it up with another 2-0 victory at Arcadia on Saturday. The week concluded with a 2-0 loss to King's on Sunday at home.
Against Misericordia, junior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored goals in each half, while freshman goalie Tate Ackerman (Endicott, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) made eight saves in between the pipes to preserve the shutout victory, the first of her career at Scranton.
It was about the same story for the Royals at Arcadia on Saturday, as sophomore Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) scored two goals in the first half, and Ackerman notched her second straight shutout, making six saves on the afternoon in another road win.
Against King's the visiting Monarchs scored goals in each half to take the 2-0 win. Ackerman still had a strong day in net for Scranton in the defeat, making eight saves.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday night, hosting Marywood at Fitzpatrick Field. Action begins at 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer (5-1)
The University of Scranton men's soccer team, ranked 19th in the first NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll of the season, went 1-1 on the week, gutting out a 2-1 win over Misericordia on Wednesday night, then dropping a 3-1 decision on the road to Lycoming on Saturday.
Against Misericordia, the Royals got goals from junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School) in the second half, then held off a late charge by Misericordia to take the win. In net, senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made three saves alone in the final 45 minutes to preserve the win.
On Saturday against Lycoming, it was second half scores by the opposition that did in the Royals in the two-score loss. After falling behind 2-0 in the second period, freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) sliced the Lycoming lead in half with a goal in the 86th minute. But, Lycoming scored again two minutes later to clinch the victory.
Despite losing the match, Hintz kept Scranton in it all day, making eight saves overall.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team opens Landmark Conference play on Saturday, traveling to Moravian. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis (1-2)
The University of Scranton women's tennis team dropped their lone match on the week to SUNY-Oneonta on Friday, suffering a 6-3 defeat.
The match got off to a great start for the Royals in doubles action, as Scranton took two of the three matches contested to take a 2-1 lead into singles play.
At number one doubles, the team of junior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) took an 8-5 win, while in the number two spot on the doubles lineup, sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) and senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) rolled to an 8-2 victory to give Scranton the 2-1 lead.
But, in singles play, SUNY-Oneonta took over, winning five of the six matches contested to take the three point win. Scranton's only win in singles was registered by Machado, who won in three sets at number three singles (7-6 (5-3), 3-6, 11-9).
The University of Scranton women's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Marywood for the final match of the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Field hockey – vs. Marywood (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Muhlenberg (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Women's tennis – at Marywood (4 p.m.)
Thursday, Sept. 22
Men's golf – at Keystone, Stonehedge Golf Course (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Marywood (5 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Wilkes (9 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 23
Men's tennis – at Marywood (4 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 24
Women's volleyball – vs. Susquehanna (11 a.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Moravian (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Juniata (4 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Moravian (4 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Moravian (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 25
Women's golf – vs. Arcadia, Wilkes & Marywood, Scranton Municipal Golf Course (1 p.m.)