Royal Review: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Junior Hannah DeMars had a goal in each of the women's soccer team's wins last week.
Junior Hannah DeMars had a goal in each of the women's soccer team's wins last week.

Women's Soccer (8-1-1, 2-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team continued its strong season by winning twice two push the team's winning streak to six straight.

The Royals opened the week with a 4-0 win over non-conference rival Wilkes on Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field. Seniors Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parisippany Hills) and Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex), and junior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had goals, and Scranton was also on the receiving end of an own goal in the victory.

On Saturday, Scranton rolled to a 5-0 victory over Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored twice, fellow sophomore Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) had a goal and two assists, Warner had a goal and an assist, and DeMars added a goal in the win.

The Royals will put their winning streak on the line when they visit Misericordia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Dallas, Pa.

Men's Cross Country

The University of Scranton men's cross country had a solid showing at Saturday's Paul Short Invitational, finishing eighth among 34 teams in the 8,000-meter race at Lehigh University.

Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) led Scranton by finishing 20th overall with a time of 26:54. It was a career-best for Buckley over 8,000 meters, eclipsing his 27:20 at the 2013 Landmark Conference championships.

Junior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) was the next Scranton runner across the line, finishing in 32nd with a time of 27:12, also a career-best at 8,000 meters. Senior Marc Kalny (Lynbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was the third Royal runner, finishing 54th in 27:39, another personal best at 8,000 meters.

Sophomore Matt Barrett (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was Scranton's fourth runner, finishing 78th in 28:07, a personal best for 8,000 meters. And sophomore Stephen Grunbok (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) rounded out the team's five scoring spots by finishing 83rd in 28:13, yet another personal best over 8,000 meters.

The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 15, when they run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. beginning at 11 a.m.

Women's Cross Country

The women's cross country team finished 21st at the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) continued her strong senior season by finishing 26th with a career-best 23:21 over 6,000. Sophomore Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was the second Scranton runner across the line, finishing 106th in 24:46. Junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) also set a career-best for 8,000 meters while finishing 118th with a time of 24:59.

Freshman Amy Kaiser (Downington, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was the team's fourth runner, finishing 122nd in 25:06, also a career-best for 8,000 meters. Senior Kathryn Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) rounded out the team's top five by finishing 150th in 25:32.

Scranton will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when the Royals run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Field Hockey (4-6, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team suffered two losses on the week, falling at Wilkes on Wednesday night, 2-0, then dropping a heartbreaker at Elizabethtown in Landmark Conference play on Saturday, 2-1, in overtime.

In the Elizabethtown match, a goal by senior Amanda Maresca (Matawan, N.J./St. John Vianney) at the end of regulation sent the match to overtime, but the host Blue Jays were able to score the game-winner in early in the extra frame to take the victory.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Albright for a non-conference match. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Women's Golf (4-1)

The women's golf team completed a successful fall season by defeating Wilkes, 5-0, in match play on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, Pa.

Freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led the way with a 9-and-8 victory at no. 2, while twin sister and sophomores Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) and Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) were almost as dominant while posting 8-and-7 victories at nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

Freshman Kristen Davis (South Abington Township, Pa./Scranton Prep) had a 6-and-5 win at no. 5, while junior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate High School) earned a 5-and-4 win at no. 1.

The victory completes the fall portion of the Royals' inaugural season. They will return to action during the spring semester.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team had a solid week, winning a dual match and finishing third at the Anthracite Golf Association Collegiate Championships over the weekend.

On Thursday, the Royals defeated cross-town rival Marywood, 325-345, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) led the way with a career-best 5-over-par 76. Scranton also received a pair of 82s from senior Kevin Nardella (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) and junior Patrick King (Thornton, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep). Senior Steven Lambrinakos (Stamford, Conn./Trinity) and sophomore Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) shot matching 85s to round out the team's top four scores.

Over the weekend, the Royals finished with a two-day total of 661 to finish third among seven teams at the AGA Collegiate Championships at Glenmaura.

Sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) finished tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard after shooting 79-83 – 162. Junior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) finished with 82-83 – to finish 13th.

Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) had rounds of 80-86 – 166, good for a tie for 14th. Fellow senior Kevin Nardella (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) rounded out the team's top four scores with 79-89 – 168 for a tie for 18th.

The Royals will complete their fall season on Thursday, Oct. 6, when they take on Wilkes and Misericordia at 1 p.m. at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, Pa.

Men's Soccer (7-2, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team split a pair of matches on the week, winning at Wilkes on Wednesday, 2-0, then falling in a hard-fought Landmark Conference match to Elizabethtown on Saturday, 2-1, at home.

Against Wilkes, senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School) scored in the first half, and sophomore Jeremy Mammen (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township) added a goal late in the second half in a shutout win on the road. Overall, Scranton controlled the match from the start, eventually outshooting Wilkes 20-4 in the win.

In the Elizabethtown match, a goal in the 66th minute by the visiting Blue Jays proved to be the difference, as E-Town snuck out a one-goal win at Fitzpatrick Field over the Royals.

Down 1-0 in the second half, Scranton tied the match on an unassisted goal by senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) in the 56th minute. But, E-Town took the lead back 10 minutes later, then hung on down the stretch for the win.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to the pitch on Wednesday, hosting Drew in another Landmark Conference match at home. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Tennis (2-1)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team lost their lone match on the week, falling at Wilkes on Sunday, 6-3.

In the defeat, the lone win for Scranton in doubles came in the number three spot on the lineup, as sophomore's Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) collected an 8-2 victory.

In singles, the Royals recorded victories at number two and number five in the lineup. At number two, junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) took a hard fought three-set win (6-4, 5-7, 10-6), while Harkins became a two-time winner on the day with a 6-2, 6-0 win at number five.

The University of Scranton men's tennis team will wrap up the fall portion of their schedule on Wednesday when they host Ramapo at Royal Courts. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.

Volleyball (10-12, 1-3 Landmark)

The Royals captured their first win in Landmark Conference play for the year at Goucher on Saturday, sweeping past the host Gophers in three sets on Saturday (25-22, 25-20, 25-15).

The Royals dropped a Landmark Conference match to Catholic to start the day Saturday in four sets (23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25), and also fell in five sets at SUNY-Oneonta on Wednesday night (28-26, 22-25, 17-25, 27-25, 8-15).

Against Goucher, sophomore Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) posted 10 kills to lead the attack, her third straight match with double-digit kills. Elsewhere, senior setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) ended the match with 12 assists, while sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Mara Academy) had eight digs on defense.

In the defeat against Catholic, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals attack with 12 kills, while posting 24 digs on defense. Kirwan also had a big match against SUNY-Oneonta, slamming home a match-high 22 kills, while collecting 24 digs, as well.

The Royals will return to action on Friday, Oct. 7, when they travel to Annville, Pa. to take part in another tri-match, where they will take on host Lebanon Valley and Gallaudet. Things get underway at 6 p.m. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Oct. 5
Men's tennis – vs. Ramapo (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Albright (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Drew (7 p.m.) 

Thursday, Oct. 6
Men's golf – at Wilkes, w/Misericordia, Huntsville G.C. (1 p.m.) 

Friday, Oct. 7
Women's volleyball – vs. Gallaudet, at Lebanon Valley (6 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Lebanon Valley (8 p.m.) 

Saturday, Oct. 8
Women's volleyball – vs. PSU-Behrend, at Neumann (12 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs.  Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Neumann (2 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Susquehanna (3:30 p.m.) 


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