Royal Review: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Scranton was picked second in the 2018 Landmark Conference preseason coaches' poll.
Scranton was picked second in the 2018 Landmark Conference preseason coaches' poll.

Field Hockey (10-0, 2-0 Landmark)

The field hockey team went 2-0 during the week to remain unbeaten and set a program record for consecutive wins to start a season. The previous record of nine was set in 2015.

The Royals opened the week with a 5-3 victory over Wilkes in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Fitzpatrick Field. Senior forward Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) set a University of Scranton single-game record with five goals in the win. Campbell scored three goals in the first half followed by two more in the second half to set the record and keep the Royals unbeaten.

Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) had assists in the victory. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) had her seventh career win, making three saves. Sophomore defender Lauren Earnshaw (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) also had a defensive save, thwarting the Wilkes comeback attempt.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Royals set the program record for consecutive victories to start the season by holding off Elizabethtown, 1-0, at Fitzpatrick Field. Cambpell's goal in the first half was the difference and was her 17th of the season and sixth game-winner.

Scranton played a strong defense all game long. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) finished with six saves. Elizabethtown relentlessly attacked Scranton's defense with 10 minutes left in an attempt to score, but Cyr was up to the challenge making four second-half saves. Senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) made a huge defensive save late in the half, as well.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday, as they host Albright at Fitzpatrick Field in a non-conference match-up. Things get underway at 7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (20-1, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team continues to roll through opponents on the 2017 season, as the Royals coasted past SUNY-Oneonta, Catholic and Goucher this past week in a trio of three-set victories.

On Tuesday night against Oneonta, head coach Jamie Spangler notched his 100th career victory in his fifth season at the helm, as the Royals blanked in the visiting Red Dragons in three sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-10).

In the win,  the Royals attack was led once again by junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who slammed home 16 kills, while hitting an impressive .552 on the night. Kirwan and the Royals attack were efficient in the win, ending the night with a .451 hitting percentage as a team.

The attack was set up all night by freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who had 32 assists on the night. Defensively, fellow freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 11 digs to round out the top performers in the match for Scranton.

On Saturday, Landmark Conference play for the season opened for Scranton inside the John Long Center, and the Royals made quick work of Catholic (25-20, 25-21, 25-18) and Goucher (25-10, 25-17, 25-13) to kick off conference play strong.

In the Catholic win, senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) led the way with 10 kills. Juniors Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) Kirwan had nine and eight kills, respectively, while Norman finished the opening game with 34 assists.

On defense, Kirwan led the team in digs with 14, while senior Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) led the Royals up front with five block assists. It was a dominating performance up front for Scranton in the win, as they finished with 17 total blocks (one solo) as a team in the three-set victory.

Against Goucher, Kirwan led the attack with 11 kills, while Rentzheimer finished with eight (Scranton hit .533 as a team in the victory). Norman, once again, went into the 30s on assists with 38, and was tied for the team lead in digs with seven.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, as the Royals will travel across the country for a weekend slate of matches at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. On Friday, the Royals will take on Whittier (at 3 p.m. EST), then UC Santa Cruz (at 8:30 p.m. EST).

Men's Soccer (7-3-0, 1-1-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team posted a pair of victories during the week, including a road win in Landmark Conference play.

Three different Scranton men's soccer players tallied goals in the first half in a 3-0 victory against Wilkes on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals opened up strong offensively, shooting four times in the first 20 minutes. Senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) scored on Scranton's fifth shot in the 21st minute off an assist from senior James Harris (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Chaminade).

Sophomore Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) assisted freshman Matt Bolock (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) who scored from right in front in the 31st minute. This was Bolock's first career goal. Just 41 seconds later, sophomore Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) scored his first career goal with the Royals, assisted by Bolock, to put Scranton up 3-0.

Scranton's defense held Wilkes to only two shots in the second half. The Royals dominated the stats sheet, outshooting Wilkes 16-3, and holding a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.

The Royals blanked host Elizabethtown, 2-0, on Saturday, Sept. 30, in a rematch of the past two Landmark Conference championships, both won by Scranton.

Roberts and Casey scored goals, with Roberts putting the Royals ahead early and Casey providing the insurance late. Roberts scored in the 20th minute on an unassisted header in the first half, his second goal of the season and first career game-winner. Casey scored his fifth goal of the season to seal it in the 87th minute.

Scranton played strong offensively in the second half, firing nine shots. Overall, Scranton outshot Elizabethtown, 13-11.

Scranton's sophomore goalkeeper, Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep), kept the Blue Jays scoreless into intermission and kept the lead in the second half. Hammert made three saves, and secured his first career shutout.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, as the Royals travel to Drew for another Landmark Conference match-up. Things get underway at 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (6-2-2)

The women's soccer team went 1-0-1 on the week, including a victory in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals opened the week with a 0-0 draw in double overtime at Wilkes on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) finished with five saves while posting her sixth shutout of the season.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the women's soccer team went on the road and posted a 3-1 victory at Elizabethtown. Freshman Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored her first career goal while juniors Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), who had an assist, also added goals. Berry made three saves, including stopping a penalty kick to preserve a 1-0 lead at the time. She extended her shutout streak to 524:37 before the Blue Jays scored with 16 seconds remaining.

The women's soccer team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7, when the Royals host Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference match at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) led the women's cross country team by finishing second at Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational on Friday, Sept. 29. Corrigan's effort helped the Royals finish 13th.

Corrigan finished the 6,000 meter race in 22:18, behind Gettysburg senior Elizabeth Hilfrank. Corrigan has two victories and two second-place finishes in four meets this season. Scranton's second runner, freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross), placed 53rd in 23:56. She ran 2:21 faster than her previous 6,000 meter time from Misercordia's Cougar Classic.

Following was sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy), who finished 85th in 24:47. She had a 19-second career best. Junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) and freshman Nicole Parello (Staten Island, N.Y./Susan E. Wagner H.S.) rounded out Scranton's top five. Carr placed 117th and Parello was right behind in 118th. Parello improved her 6,000 meter time by 2:59.

The women's cross country team returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Royals run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. at 11 a.m.

Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led Scranton men's cross country to a 17th place finish at Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational on Friday, Sept. 29.

Bartlett finished the 8,000 meter course in 27:21, placing 68th.  This marks the second race this season Bartlett has led the Royals.

Following Bartlett were freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) in 77th with a time of 27:27 and senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) in 79th with a time of 27:28. Mead finished 1:45 faster than his 8,000 meter time at Misercordia's Cougar Classic. Smith ran a new career best.

Freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) finished 89th in 27:35, a new career best by 2:01. Senior Nicholas Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) rounded out the team's top five, finishing 99th in 27:45.

The men's cross country team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Royals run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. at 11:45 a.m.

Men's Golf (5-1)

The men's golf team had a solid week, winning a dual match and finishing second at the Landmark Conference Fall Invitational.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Royals shot their lowest total of the fall season in a 308-322 victory over King's at Wyoming Valley Country Club. Junior Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) tied for medalist honors with a 6-over-par 76. Scranton (5-1) also received a pair of 6-over-par 77's from juniors Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) and Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic). Senior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added a 78, giving the Royals four players below 80 for the first time this season.

Two days later, the Royals finished second at the Landmark Conference Fall Invitational at Glenmaura National Golf Club, shooting 326 to come in behind only Moravian's 319. Freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) finished second overall after shooting 5-over 76.

The men's golf team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7, when they take on Wilkes at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas, Pa. at 1 p.m.

Women's Golf (4-2)

The women's golf team continued its strong fall season by defeating Misericordia, 3.5-1.5, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas, Pa.

The Royals (4-2) received wins from sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) at no. 2, and juniors Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) and Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) at nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while knocking off the Cougars for the second time this fall.

All three Royals who won did so in impressive fashion. Stein was a 6 & 4 winner while Maura McDonough posted an 8 & 7 win. Maggie McDonough was the most dominant of the trio, winning each of the first 10 holes for a 10 & 8 victory.

Scranton also received a half at no. 3 from senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa/Downingtown East).

The women's golf team will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the Royals travel to Madison, N.J. to compete in the Drew Invitational starting at noon.

Women's Tennis (6-0)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team remained unbeaten on the fall season, rolling past Lebanon Valley (9-0) on Tuesday, then getting past Messiah (6-3) on Saturday.

Against Lebanon Valley, senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), and sophomores Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and Emily Kelly (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) were all two-time winners on the day posting victories in both singles and doubles action in the shutout victory on the road.

Against Messiah on Saturday, the Royals gutted out a three-point victory, as once again Frattaroli and Jakubek were two-time winners on the afternoon to lead Scranton.

Elsewhere, Scranton also received a 6-4, 6-3 win from sophomore Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) at no. 4 singles, and a 6-2, 6-0 win at no. 6 singles from freshman Lindsay Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame).

The women's tennis team is back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the Royals host Wilkes at 4 p.m. at Royal Courts.

Men's Tennis (2-0)

In their lone pair of matches for the fall 2017 campaign, The University of Scranton men's tennis team blanked Marywood (9-0) on Monday, then rolled past Messiah (8-1) on Saturday.

Against Marywood, four Royals won both doubles and singles matches on the afternoon - senior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), and juniors Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley).

It was more of the same for the Royals on Saturday against Messiah, as Ochalski, Harkins and freshman Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) were two-time winners on the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Royals also received an 8-1 victory from the no. 3 doubles team of junior Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and freshman Connor Lemieux (Guilford, Conn./The Gunnery). Swope was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at no. 5 singles while sophomore Brandon Ostrowski (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) secured a 6-1, 6-3 victory at no. 6 singles.

The Royals will return to action in March to kick off their spring 2018 slate.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Oct. 3
Women's golf – at Drew Invitational, Madison, N.J. (12 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Albright (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Women's tennis – vs. Oneonta State (4 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Drew (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 6
Women's volleyball – vs. Whittier, La Verne, Calif. (3 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. UC Santa Cruz, La Verne, Calif. (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 7
Men's golf – at Wilkes, Huntsville, G.C., Dallas, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Austin, La Verne, Calif. (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at La Verne, La Verne, Calif. (3 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Susquehanna (4 p.m.)


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