Women's Volleyball (4-0)
It was a banner first weekend of the year for the University of Scranton volleyball team, as the Royals went unbeaten in four matches at the Scranton Invitational inside the John Long Center on Friday and Saturday.
First on Friday, the Royals rolled past Wells and Mt. Aloysius in a pair of 3-0 victories. In the Wells match, a balanced attack paced the Royals, as junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) had a team-best nine kills. Fellow junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) ended with seven kills, while senior Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) had six kills as the Royals hit .304 in their first game of the season.
Against Mt. Aloysius, sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a big match on the attack for the Royals, as she slammed home 16 kills, while Manning finished off a strong night with nine kills. On defense, freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) finished with a match-high 20 digs.
Scranton started Saturday off with a tough win over Salve Regina in five sets, 3-2. Kirwan ended with a match-high 17 kills, as she hit a staggering .467 after making just three errors on 30 total attacks. Kirwan also finished the match with nine digs. Elsewhere, freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with 29 assists in the win.
The Royals finished the Invitational with a convincing 3-0 win over Shenandoah. Kirwan went into double-figures again on the attack, hammering home 13 kills with 10 digs. Norman finished with 25 assists, while Schetroma had 12 digs.
For her efforts, Kirwan was named the MVP of the Scranton Invitational, while Calabro earned All-Invitational Team honors for her efforts throughout the weekend.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Franklin & Marshall inside the John Long Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer (2-0)
The University of Scranton women's soccer team opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories at the Cougar Classic at Kean University in Union, N.J.
The Royals opened the season with a 3-0 win over Stockton on Friday afternoon. Senior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and juniors Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored goals in the victory.
A day later, the Royals beat Kean on the Cougars' home field, 2-0, behind goals from Hreniuk and freshman forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South). The win marked the second straight season Scranton has started with a pair of victories.
The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when they host Swarthmore at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Men's Soccer (2-0)
It was a successful kickoff to the 2017 season for the University of Scranton men's soccer team, as the Royals posted a pair of 3-1 victories over Centenary and Allegheny at home over the weekend.
First on Friday against Centenary, Scranton fell behind 1-0 at halftime, but attacked back in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes to seal the season-opening victory.
Junior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) got the scoring started with a tally in the 51st minute – off a corner from junior Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) – to tie the match at 1-1. That was followed up by a perfect penalty kick by senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) in the 73rd minute that put Scranton up 2-1.
The insurance goal for the Royals then came in the 80th minute, as senior Tim McGovern (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade) scored off an assist from freshman Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) to seal the 3-1 win for Scranton.
On Saturday against Allegheny, the Royals got up fast, as senior forward Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) scored 15 seconds into the match to give the Royals an early 1-0 edge.
Allegheny, however, struck back with a score in the 34th minute to knot the game up at 1-1. The tie, however, did not last for long, as in the 37th minute, Scranton took the lead back on a Robbins goal. The 2-1 lead held for the Royals well into the second half, where in the 75th minute, Bracken scored off an assist from Corbett to put Scranton up 3-1.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team will return to action on on Wednesday, traveling to King's for another non-conference match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (2-0)
The University of Scranton field hockey team opened its 2017 season this past weekend with a pair of victories, as the Royals knocked off 16th-ranked Muhlenberg on Friday, 2-1, then shut down Elmira on Saturday on the road, 4-0.
Against Muhlenberg, Scranton kicked off the year with a win over a ranked opponent, as senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored goals in the 20th (on a penalty stroke) and 60th minutes to lift the Royals to a one-score win. Defensively, Scranton kept Muhlenberg off the scoreboard for almost 65 minutes after allowing an early goal, as freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made five saves in her first career start.
Against Elmira, Scranton dominated on the road, as they eventually outshot the host Eagles, 34-2, in the victory. Overall, Campbell scored two goals yet again, and freshmen Megan Gallagher and Brittany Schumann also tallied goals in the dominating victory.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday night, traveling to William Paterson for a non-conference match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.
Women's Golf (2-0)
The University of Scranton women's golf team opened their fall season by defeating Misericordia, 4-1, and Wilkes, 4-0, in match play in the team's season opening event at Wilkes-Barre Golf Club on Monday afternoon.
Senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East), junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) and sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) each posted a pair of victories to lead the women's golf team on Monday.
Cranney was a 4 & 3 winner against Misericordia and 5 & 4 against Wilkes. McDonough posted a 9 & 8 win against Misericordia and a 9 & 7 victory against Wilkes. Stein earned a 5 & 4 win against Misericordia and a 9 & 8 win against Wilkes.
The women's golf team will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when they take on Wilkes at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mount Cobb, Pa., at noon.
Women's Cross Country
Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) finished second overall to lead The University of Scranton women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Misericordia Invitational in the team's opening event of the 2017 season on Friday evening.
Corrigan covered the 4,000-meter course in 15:18.3, just 10 seconds behind the overall winner, Clare Schoen of Misericordia. Corrigan's effort helped Scranton finish with 84 points, trailing only Misericordia (27 points) and Lebanon Valley (51).
Freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was the second Royal across the line, finishing 14th with a time of 16:34.4. Junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) finished 30th in 17:32.0 while sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was a spot behind in 17:32.1.
Senior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) rounded out Scranton's top five in 36th place with a time of 17:45.0.
The women's cross country team will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when the Royals compete in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 10 a.m.
Men's Cross Country
Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) was the first runner across the line for The University of Scranton men's cross country team in Friday's season opener, finishing 24th at the Misericordia Invitational.
Smith covered the 5,000-meter course in 17:51.0 as the Royals finished fifth in the nine-team event. Six other Scranton runners finished in the top 35 as the team used the event as a final tempo run heading into the bulk of the season.
Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) finished 28th in 17:56.9, and was closely followed by freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose), who was 29th in 17:57.2, and freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia), who as 30th in 17:57.8.
Sophomore Chris Baldwin (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished 32nd in 18:12.9, senior Nick Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) was 34th in 18:22.2, and junior Matt Barrett (Wycoff, N.J./Indian Hills) was 35th in 18:27.5.
Scranton finished the event with 143 points. Lebanon Valley won the team title with 40 points, edging the host, Misericordia, which had 42 points.
The Royals will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when they run in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at 10 a.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Men's golf – at King's, Wyoming Valley C.C. (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at William Paterson (7 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at King's (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Swarthmore (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Franklin & Marshall (7 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 8
Men's golf – at Misericordia, Dallas, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Hood, at Kean (6 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Plattsburgh, at Kean (8 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 9
Men's cross country – at Ron Stonitsch Invitational, at Vassar (10 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Ron Stonitsch Invitational, at Vassar (10 a.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Kean (10 a.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. New York Univ., at Kean (12 p.m.)
Women's golf – vs. Marywood & Wilkes, Scranton Municipal G.C. (12 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Cortland State (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Western Connecticut State (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Pratt (1 p.m.)