Royal Review: Oct. 23-29

Freshman Abigail Corrigan won the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday in Huntingdon, Pa.
Freshman Abigail Corrigan won the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday in Huntingdon, Pa.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) outran two other competitors down the final stretch to win Saturday's Landmark Conference Championship, marking the first time in the 38-year history of the women's cross country program at The University of Scranton that a Royal has won a conference title.

Corrigan completed the hilly 6,000 meter course in 23:13.36. She was named Top Performer and Rookie of the Year in the Landmark Conference as a result of her impressive efforts.

Corrigan's efforts helped the team place fourth in a seven-team field with 97 points. Freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was the next Royal to cross the finish line. She placed 15th in 25:14.94. Junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) finished 27th in 26:58.64.

Freshman Kerri Rafter (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) ran a personal best for 6,000 meters, placing 29th with a time of 27:08.44. Sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) completed the team's top five with a 31st place finish in 27:13.24.

The women's cross country team will now have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.

Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led The University of Scranton's men's cross country team finishing ninth at Saturday's Landmark Conference Championship. Bartlett's efforts helped the team place fourth in the six-team field with 85 points.

Bartlett completed the hilly 8,000 meter course in 28:30.01. Freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) was awarded Rookie of the Year as the first newcomer to cross the finish line. He finished 17th with a time of 29:04.33, right behind two teammates.

Sophomore Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was the second Royal to cross the line, placing 15th in a time of 28:57.01. Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) was 16th in 29:03.73.

Freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) rounded out the team's top five by placing 28th in 29:47.11.

The men's cross country team now has two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.

Men's Soccer (10-7-0, 3-4-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Catholic in the regular season finale on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field.

Before the match the Royals honored their 2017 senior class: Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.), Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), Liam Flynn (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury), James Harris (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Chaminade), Tim McGovern (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade) and Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor).

In the opening minute of contest, Scranton had an opportunity to score when sophomore Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) fired a shot on goal, but Catholic goalie Zachery Tashjy made a diving save to keep the Royals from jumping ahead.

Catholic went on to score twice in the first half and once more in the second to complete the victory.

Despite the loss, the Royals finished the season with 10 victories, marking the third straight season and fifth out of the last six in which they won at least 10 games.

Women's Soccer (12-3-2, 7-0-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team went 1-1 during the week, including a victory on Senior Day that completed a perfect regular season in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals opened the week with a 3-1 loss at Penn State-Berks on Wednesday, Oct. 25, that snapped the team's 11-match unbeaten streak. Senior midfielder Meredith D'Angelo (Hatboro, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) scored the team's lone goal in the second half.

On Saturday, the team rebounded to defeat Catholic, 2-1 in overtime, on Senior Day at Fitzpatrick Field to finish conference play 7-0-0. Senior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) scored on a diving header in the 95th minute off an assist from freshman Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus). Earlier in the match, senior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) tied the match in the 46th minute on an assist from junior Annelise DePaulo (Roseto, Pa./Moravian Academy).

Prior to kickoff, the University honored the team's six seniors – defender Katie Cullen (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), midfielder Meredith D'Angelo (Hatboro, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy), DeMars, Pompey, midfielder Casey Trezza (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) and forward Samantha Wargo (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Anthony's).

The women's soccer team is the top seed will host fourth-seeded Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. All Landmark Conference students and staff are admitted free of charge with university ID.

Women's Volleyball (34-4, 5-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team finished its regular season in historic fashion on Saturday, as the Royals upended Juniata, breaking the Eagles' 85-match Landmark Conference winning streak that ran from the inception of the conference in 2007.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, the Royals dropped a 3-1 decision to Susquehanna, while on Tuesday night, Scranton knocked off Geneseo on the road in four sets. With the results, Scranton finishes the regular season with their best mark in school history at 34-4, including a 5-1 ledger in the Landmark Conference.

In the Juniata match on Saturday, the Royals roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a five-set thriller (20-25, 24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 15-13). In the win, junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals' attack, finishing with a double-double of 16 kills and 16 digs.

Meanwhile, junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished with 12 kills, while senior Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) had nine kills. Setting up the attack was freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who finished with 43 assists. Fellow freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) had 17 digs while senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) had 16 digs.

In their first match of the day against Susquehanna on Saturday, Scranton dropped its first Landmark Conference match of the season, falling in four sets (14-25, 19-25, 25-18, 18-25). In the defeat, Kirwan finished with 12 kills while sophomore Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had 10 kills. Norman ended with 26 assists and three solo blocks up front, while Schetroma had 18 digs to pace the defense.

Scranton kicked the week off with a four-set win at SUNY-Geneseo (25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21). Kirwan matched a career-high with 27 kills and hit .458 while adding 13 digs for a double-double.

Manning chipped in with 10 kills, and Monastra finished with nine kills, while Norman had a whopping 51 assists in the win. For Norman, it marked the third time on the 2017 season she's posted at least 50 assists in a match.

With Saturday's win over Juniata, the Royals clinched the no. 2 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs and will try to exact revenge on third-seeded Susquehanna inside the John Long Center on Wednesday night. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Field Hockey (15-2, 6-1 Landmark)

The field hockey team suffered its first two losses of the season last week and will enter this week's Landmark Conference playoffs as the no. 2 seed.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, senior forward Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to force overtime, but Vassar scored the game-winning goal midway through overtime to take a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Scranton outshot Vassar in the opening frame, 9-8, but was unable to get any shots past Vassar goalie Liz Rotolo. Vassar scored in the 8th and 25th minutes to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

In the second half, freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) fought off Vasasr's attempt to go seal the victory by making seven saves. Senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) also had a defensive save in the frame, as well.

Scranton was quiet on the offensive until the 62nd minute as Campbell scored her first goal of the night off an assist from freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) to make it a 2-1 game.

Then, after Campbell had a shot saved with 15 seconds remaining in regularion, the Royals were awarded a penalty stroke with eight seconds left. Campbell's stroke was on the money for her 30th goal of the season, sending the match to overtime.

In the extra frame Vassar outshot Scranton, 8-4, but Cyr was able to keep the Royals alive with three saves. But in the 77th minute Megan Caveny of Vassar scored the game-winner, handing the Royals a heartbreaking loss in the process.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Royals battled Catholic for the top seed in the playoffs, but suffered a 2-0 loss in Washington, D.C. Kaplowitz had her second defensive save of the week in the loss, but the Royals' offense was never able to break through against the Cardinals.

The Royals will host third-seeded Juniata in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men's Swimming & Diving

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team fell in its second dual meet of the season on Friday night, as the Royals dropped a 166-96 decision to Catholic.

In the opening event of the evening, Scranton's 200 medley relay team of juniors Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community), along with senior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and sophomore Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was victorious in a time of 1:39.74.

The Royals, however, did not pick up their next win until Quigley captured the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:01.33. It was a dominating night for Catholic from then on out, as freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) was the only other Scranton swimmer to win an individual event, as he captured the 200 individual medley in 2:02.47.

Sophomore diver Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) also made his 2017-18 debut in the meet, taking the three-meter dive with a final score of 181.38. He also took part in the one-meter dive, finishing second with a score of 181.73.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team returns to action on Saturday, as they travel to Goucher to take on the host Gophers and Juniata. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving

Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) won three individual events, while senior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) won two as The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team got past host Catholic on Friday night in a dual meet, 143.5-118.5.

The Royals got off on the right foot as the 200 medley relay team of Wasserman, sophomore Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and juniors Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) won after hitting the wall in 1:53.87.

The next win came in the 200 freestyle as junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was victorious in 2:06.45. Byrne then picked up the next Royals win with a victory in the 100 breaststroke, as she hit the wall in 1:07.34. Later in the meet, Byrne would go on to take the 100 freestyle in 55.16, as well.

In the 50 freestyle, Wasserman continued her domination of that event, taking it with a time of 25.15. Wasserman became a two-time winner on the evening with a victory in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:02.04.

The final two victories on the night for Scranton were recorded when Mason won the 200 breaststroke in 2:34.68, then Byrne finished off her huge night with a win in the final individual event of the evening, the 200 IM, where she was victorious in 2:14.76.

On the diving board, sophomore Anne Gormley (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) saw her first action of the season, taking the three-meter dive with a score of 115.38.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 4, as they travel to Goucher to take on the host Gophers and Juniata. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Nov. 1
Women's soccer – vs. Elizabethtown, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Juniata, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Susquehanna, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 4
Women's soccer – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Field hockey – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women's volleyball – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Wrestling – at Ned McGinley Invitational, King's College (9:30 a.m.)
Men's swimming & diving – at Goucher, w/Juniata (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Goucher, w/Juniata (1 p.m.)


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