Royal Review: October 3-9

Junior Morgan Rentzheimer had seven kills, 10 digs and six block assists as the Royals rallied past Penn State-Berks on Tuesday night.
Junior Morgan Rentzheimer had seven kills, 10 digs and six block assists as the Royals rallied past Penn State-Berks on Tuesday night.

Volleyball (13-13, 1-3 Landmark)

The Royals jumped out of conference this weekend and went 3-1 overall, besting Gallaudet on Friday night in four sets, then knocking off Penn State-Behrend (in four sets) and Neumann (in three sets) as part of the Knights Classic on Saturday.

The Royals' lone loss on the week came to Lebanon Valley in five sets on Friday night, as the results moved the Royals back to .500 for the season.

On Friday night, Scranton first knocked off Gallaudet in four off a solid match on the attack by sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who posted 15 kills on the evening to lead the charge for the Royals. Many of Kirwan's attacks were set up by senior Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who had a match-high 38 assists.

Elsewhere, sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) slammed home nine kills and had a team-best 12 digs, while junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and freshman Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had eight kills, apiece.

In the loss to LVC, Kirwan led the way again for the Royals on the attack with 14 kills, while sophomore Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) added 12 kills in the defeat (along with three solo blocks). Brittany Cafiero finished with 38 assists, while Rentzheimer led the defense with 16 digs.

It was a clean sweep of two matches on Saturday at the Knights Classic, with the Royals first knocking off Penn State Behrend for the second time on the 2016 season to start the day.

In the victory, three Scranton players went into double-figures on kills, paced once again by Kirwan, who had 16 kills in the victory. Kirwan, who hit .300 in the win, also had 17 digs on defense.

In the Neumann victory, Kirwan went into double-figures in kills for the fourth straight match (and for the 17th time on the year), ending the game with 11 kills. For her efforts, Kirwan was named to the Knights Classic All-Tournament team, Manning added seven more kills, while Brittany Cafiero had a match-high 29 assists.

Brittany's twin sister and fellow senior Danielle Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) hit a personal milestone in the victory, as with 28 digs she went over 1,000 in the category for her career at Scranton. Cafiero is now one of 16 student-athletes in program history to have over 1,000 digs in her career.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, traveling to Elizabethtown for their final Landmark Conference tri-match of the season. There, the Royals will take on host E-Town at 4 p.m., then Moravian at 6 p.m.

Women's Soccer (10-1-1, 3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's soccer team extended its winning streak to seven with a pair of road victories last week, including one over a nationally ranked opponent.

The Royals began the week with a thrilling 1-0 win at no. 25 Misericordia on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Dallas, Pa. Sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute to provide the big blow. Senior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made a career-high 12 saves as the defense made that one goal standup.

On Saturday, Scranton rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory at Susquehanna to move into first place in the Landmark Conference. Hreniuk again was the offensive force, scoring twice, including the match-winner six minutes into overtime. Senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany) added a goal as the Royals twice overcame one-goal deficits in the match.

The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when they host Drew in a Landmark Conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Field Hockey (4-8, 1-2 Landmark)

It was a tough week for The University of Scranton field hockey team, as the Royals dropped a pair of tough 2-1 decisions to both Albright on Wednesday and Susquehanna on Saturday.

Against Albright, a goal by sophomore Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) early in the first half gave the field hockey team the lead, but host Albright bounced back with a goal in each half to take the one-score win.

The story was about the same on Saturday for Scranton, as junior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored late in the first half to give the Royals a halftime lead. But, Susquehanna came back with two goals in the second period to knock off Scranton.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Drew for another Landmark Conference showdown. Action gets underway at 7 pm.

Men's Golf (7-2)

The men's golf team wrapped up its fall season by defeating Wilkes and King's in a tri-match on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Royals finished with a score of 320, easily edging King's (351) and Wilkes (369).

Sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) shot a season-low 4-over-par 76 to lead the Royals. Freshman Patrick Budicini (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) added a 79 as the Royals played well on the par-72, 6,680-yard layout.

The men's golf team will be back in action during the spring semester.

Men's Soccer (8-3, 2-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team split a pair of Landmark Conference matches on the week, dropping a 2-1 decision to Drew on Wednesday night at home, then going on the road and picking up a key 2-0 win at Susquehanna on Saturday.

Against Drew, junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) gave Scranton the halftime lead with a goal in the first half, but the Royals were stymied in the second half on offense, while Drew scored back-to-back goals to take the match.

In the Susquehanna match, senior Tim DiBisceglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) and junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) scored goals and senior goalkeeper Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made four saves to preserve a shutout win.

Scranton will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when the Royals host Dickinson in a non-conference match at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men's Tennis (2-2)

In the final match of the fall portion of their schedule, The University of Scranton men's tennis team dropped a 5-4 decision to Ramapo on Wednesday.

In the defeat, the Royals received two wins each from sophomores Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield).

Aksu teamed with junior Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School) for an 8-3 win at no. 2 doubles, then posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at no. 5 singles. Harkins paired with sophomore Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) for an 8-2 win at no. 3 doubles, then earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at no. 4 singles.

The Royals will return to action during the spring semester. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Men's soccer – vs. Dickinson (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Dickinson (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 14
Women's volleyball – at Elizabethtown (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Moravian, at Elizabethtown (6 p.m.) 

Saturday, Oct. 15
Men's cross country – at Inter-Regional Border Battle, at Rowan (11 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Inter-Regional Border Battle, at Rowan (11:45 a.m.)
Men's swimming & diving – at Cabrini w/FDU-Florham (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Cabrini w/FDU-Florham (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Juniata (4:30 p.m.)

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