Royal Review: Sept. 19-25

Junior Hannah DeMars helped the Royals go 2-0 during the week to extend their winning streak to four.
Junior Hannah DeMars helped the Royals go 2-0 during the week to extend their winning streak to four.

Women's Soccer (6-1-1, 1-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team had a good week, going 2-0 and opening Landmark Conference play with a victory.

The Royals began the week with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory at Muhlenberg on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Scranton trailed 2-0 with less than five minutes to play, but sophomore midfielder Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored twice in the span of 98 seconds to force overtime. Then, fellow sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) scored late in the first overtime to give Scranton the victory.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Scranton began conference play with a commanding 3-0 victory at Moravian. Hreniuk, Uricchio and junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) all scored goals in the win. For Hreniuk, it marked the fifth straight match she has scored in, the longest streak by a University of Scranton women's soccer player since Emily MacPhee scored in five straight matches in 2008.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 27, when they host Wilkes at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Field Hockey (4-4, 1-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team went 1-1 on the week, dropping a heartbreaker against Marywood on Tuesday in overtime, 3-2, then rebounding to dominate Moravian in a 6-1 win in their Landmark Conference opener on Saturday.

Against Marywood, junior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored in the first half to give the Royals the early 1-0 lead, but Marywood came back in the second half to score two goals and take a 2-1 lead.

In the 60th minute, however, senior Elizabeth Yorey (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) was successful on a penalty stroke, tying the match and send it to overtime. But, there, Marywood scored seven minutes into the extra session to take the one-score win.

In the Landmark opener on Saturday, the Royals raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first half off of two goals, apiece by Yorey and Campbell and never looked back in the five score win. Freshman Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and sophomore Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) also scored goals in the win.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Wilkes for a 7 p.m. start.

Women's Golf (3-1)

The University of Scranton women's golf team played the second event in its inaugural season, going 2-1 in a tri-match against Arcadia, Marywood and Wilkes on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mount Cobb, Pa.

The Royals defeated Arcadia (381-423) and Wilkes (381-535), but was edged by Marywood (361-381). Freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led Scranton with a 90, the third-best score of the day. Sophomore Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) finished with 95, junior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate High School) finished with 96, and sophomore Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) had 100 to round out the team's top four scores.

The Royals will play their final match of the fall season when they take on Wilkes on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, Pa., at 1 p.m.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team was in action on Tuesday, Sept. 20, posting a 317-335 victory over Keystone at Stonehedge Golf Course in Factoryville, Pa.

Sophomore Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) led the way with a 5-over-par 76. Junior Patrick King (Thornton, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) added a 7-over 78 to give the team two sub-80 scores. Both scores were career lows for Lubba and King.

The Royals are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 29, when they face Rosemont and Marywood at Glenmaura National Golf Club at 1 p.m.

Men's Soccer (5-1)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team kicked off Landmark Conference play on Saturday and Moravian, and two goals by senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School) were the difference in a 2-1 victory for Scranton.

Bonilla's first goal came in the 25th minute of the contest to give Scranton a 1-0 edge, but Moravian answered the goal before the end of the first period to tie the match up at 1-1 entering the second period.

In the 60th minute, Bonilla scored his second goal off an assist from freshman Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) to give the Royals the lead back at 2-1. They never relinquished it the rest of the way, as the Royals defense kept the Greyhounds off the board for the final 30 minutes of regulation.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Wilkes for a non-conference match. Things get underway at 4 p.m.

Men's Tennis (2-0)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team rolled through Marywood in their only match of the week on Friday, posting a 9-0 victory.

The dominant day for Scranton started in doubles, where Marywood won only one point in three matches.

At number one, the tandem of junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomore Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) was a 9-0 winner, while at number three, senior David Commender (Larchmont, N.Y./Iona Prep) and sophomore Austin Manmiller (Shoemaker, Pa./Hamburg Area) were also 9-0 winners.

Marywood picked up their only point at number two doubles, where sophomore Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and junior Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School) rolled to an 8-1 win to give Scranton a 3-0 lead entering singles play.

In singles, it was more of the same for Scranton, as the only points won by Marywood came at number one singles, where Ochalski still coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 win.

At spots two through six, each Royal in the lineup dominated on their way to 6-0, 6-0 victories in each position.

At number two, McGurrin won in straight sets, while at number three, sophomore Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) was a shutout victor.

In the number four spot on the lineup, sophomore Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) was a straight set winner, while at number five, freshman Brandon Ostrowski (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) captured a dominant win. The convincing sweep of singles was completed at number six by Aksu.

The University of Scranton men's tennis team returns to action on Sunday, October 2nd at Wilkes. Action gets underway at 3 p.m.

Women's Tennis (2-2)

The women's tennis team knocked off Marywood, 6-3, on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the team's final match of the fall season.

In doubles, senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) collected an 8-4 win at no. 1 to give Scranton its first point of the day.

In singles, junior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) was a 6-1, 6-0 winner, while at number two, freshman Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) was also a straight set winner (6-0, 6-1). Sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) gutted out a three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) at no. 4, while freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) was a straight set winner at number five singles (7-5, 6-0). In the final match on the lineup, another freshman, Katerina Ringes (Sandy Hook, Conn./Immaculate), also won in three sets (6-0, 2-6, 6-2) to finish off the victory for the Royals.

Several members of team also took part in the 2016 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships on Sept. 24-26, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

In singles play, Machado and junior Frattaroli took part, with Frattaroli winning a match in the consolation bracket first round, 8-6. She then dropped her match in the second round by the same 8-6 score.

In doubles, the tandem of Frattaroli and DeNunzio advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket before falling, 8-2, to a team from Hamilton College.

The Royals have completed their fall season. The team will be back on the court in March.

Volleyball (9-10, 0-2 Landmark)

The Royals went an even 2-2 on the week, sweeping past Marywood and Wilkes on Thursday night, while falling to Landmark Conference foes Susquehanna (in three sets) and Juniata (in four sets) on Saturday.

Against Marywood, the Royals rallied back from deficits late in each set to take the match in three (25-22, 25-17, 25-19). Leading the way for Scranton was sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who finished the match with a game-high 13 kills. Elsewhere, junior Erica Byrne (Whitestone, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) ended with 15 digs.

In the Wilkes match, Scranton dominated from start to finish in another three-set sweep to end the night (25-15, 25-9, 25-15). In the win, freshman Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished with a team-high 10 kills to lead the offense.

It was a tough go of it Saturday at home against Landmark Conference foes Susquehanna and Juniata, as the Royals dropped both matches to open the conference season, 0-2.

Against Susquehanna, Kirwan led the way with 11 kills in a three-set defeat (21-25, 16-25, 14-25).

But, against Juniata, Scranton got off to a great start in the opening set taking a game from the 12th-ranked Eagles. But, Juniata rebounded over the final three sets to take the match in four (25-21, 14-25, 12-25, 9-25). Kirwan led the attack yet again against Juniata with 10 kills.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to SUNY-Oneonta for a non-conference match. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics 

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Women's golf – at Wilkes, Huntsville Golf Club (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.) 

Wednesday, Sept. 28
Men's soccer – at Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Oneonta State (6 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Wilkes (7 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 29
Men's golf – vs. Marywood/Rosemont, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.) 

Saturday, Oct. 1
Men's golf – AGA Collegiate Championships, Glenmaura National G.C. (11 a.m.)
Men's cross country – Paul Short Invitational, Lehigh University (TBA)
Women's cross country – Paul Short Invitational, Lehigh University (TBA)
Field hockey – at Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Goucher, at Catholic (1:30 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Elizabethtown (3:30 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Goucher (4 p.m.) 

Sunday, Oct. 2
Men's golf – AGA Collegiate Championships, Glenmaura National G.C. (11 a.m.)
Men's tennis – at Wilkes (3 p.m.) 

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