A busy week for King’s College athletic teams
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Football
After a successful opening night game where King’s took down Moravian 30-27, they opened Middle Atlantic Conference play last week against the defending conference champions at Stevenson in Maryland.

King’s fumbled on the second play of the game, and Stevenson never looked back after they scored a touchdown after the fumble.

They had a commanding 35-0 lead before King’s scored its first points on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Zack Whitehead to Trey Campbell in the third quarter. The Monarchs allowed five first downs by penalty, three turnovers, and four sacks in a 38-9 loss.

The team is 1-1 overall and their next game is Saturday when they visit Lebanon Valley, a team they beat last year. They follow with the Homecoming game on Sept. 23 when they host Lycoming College.

Field Hockey
The defending MAC Freedom champs are off to a slow start, but they played tough against tough competition. In their season opener on Friday, Sept. 1, they faced 3rd ranked Salisbury University.

In the first half, they were competitive, but Salisbury showed why it was a Final Four team last year in DIII, scoring four times in a 4-0 loss.

They then played Gwynedd Mercy the next day, and although they held a 2-1 lead late, Gwynedd Mercy scored twice late in a 3-2 loss. In their home opener last Saturday, they couldn’t solve Susquehanna in a 4-2 loss.

For the first time in the program’s 22-year history, the Monarchs begin the season 0-3. They travelled to face nationally ranked Muhlenberg on Tuesday and hosted the University of Scranton on Thursday. They then visit Immaculata on Saturday this week.

Volleyball
The Volleyball squad got to a fast start defeating Cairn and Penn State Abington in straight sets each on Friday, Sept. 1.

They then followed last week with 3-0 wins against Clarks Summit and Centenary on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

They then travelled to Poughkeppsie, NY last Friday and Saturday for four matches at Vassar College for an invitational tournament, where they went 3-1. They lost in straight sets to host Vassar, but then followed with wins against the University of New England, Medaille, and Bates.

Junior Rachel Miller leads the MAC with 21 service aces, the team has the lowest opponent hitting percentage in the MAC. Senior Katelyn Shifflett leads the team with a .341 hitting percentage through 8 matches.

The Monarchs are 7-1 so far, and they began Freedom conference play against Manhattanville on Wednesday.

They will participate at the Hartwick Invitational this weekend at Oneonta, N.Y., and will continue conference play on Tuesday at FDU-Florham.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer club hosted the Monarch-Royal classic on Sept. 1 and 2 to start the season. They lost the season opener to Allegheny College 2 to 0 that Friday.

Even though they out possessed Allegheny, they made two defensive mistakes that led to the only two goals in the game. They rebounded the next day with a 2-0 victory over Centenary.

Freshman Liam McLoughlin scored twice in the win. But, they followed last Wednesday with a 2 to 1 loss to Scranton.

They then blew out Juniata College with a 6 to 0 road victory last Saturday. McLoughlin scored a hat trick to pace the Monarchs. He leads the MAC with 6 goals on the season.

They played at Wells College on Thursday, will play at New Paltz, N.Y. on Saturday and then at Cabrini on Wednesday.

Women’s Soccer
Sophomore Danielle Putnam, Freshman Emily Harrington, and junior Allison Andrew each scored a goal to pace the Lady Monarchs to a 3 to 1 victory on Friday, Sept. 1 at Penn College.

Then, they routed Clarks Summit 9 to 0 on Sept. 6. Putnam scored three times in the first 12 minutes, then six different players scored a goal each.

They then traveled to Juniata last Saturday, where King’s senior midfielder and captain Kristen Ryan scored the only two goals in the match. This is the Lady Monarchs’ first 3-0 start since 2013.

The team travelled to Susquehanna on Wednesday, they will visit Albright on Saturday, and then to Lycoming this coming Wednesday.

Cross Country
The cross country teams are off to a strong start, as the men and women finished fifth and third, respectively, in their fields, as they travelled to Delaware Valley for a 5K invitational.

The men’s team featured six first-time runners, and they all impressed, but none were more impressive than freshman Daniel Michaels, who finished 26th of 95 runners with a 18:04.80 final time as ten teams competed in the field.

Three of the runners on the King’s women’s side finished in the top 10 as sophomore Tara Johnson (third place of 92 runners at 20:46.4), Marissa Durako (fourth, 20:49.5), and freshman Cera Caston (seventh, 20:55.8), paced King’s as the third best of the nine competing teams. Durako took last year off as she focused on her work in the physician assistant program.

The teams travel to the University Notre Dame in Indiana on Friday to compete in the National Catholic Invitational, inviting Catholic institutions around the country to run at the nation’s most famous Catholic college.