Monarch Athletic Review: Week of September 11-17
The King’s College volleyball team began their slate of MAC Freedom conference plays last week as they hosted Manhattanville for a big match last Wednesday. Last year, Manhattanville beat King’s last year, causing King’s to miss the playoffs. As a result, the Monarchs were looking for revenge.
After Manhattanville opened a 2-1 lead after three sets, the Monarchs found their stride before it was too late, winning the last two sets for a thrilling five-set win. Junior Rachel Miller had a huge game, killing 24, while adding 12 digs.
At the Hartwick Invitational over the weekend, they lost two out of three matches. They swept host SUNY Oneonta, then lost a five-set thriller to Nazareth College and then lost in straight sets to SUNY Plattsburgh, pushing their overall record to 9-3.
They faced FDU-Florham on Tuesday to continue conference play. They travel this weekend to York College for the Spartan Volleyball Classic. They then visit Delaware Valley this coming Wednesday.
The King’s football team found itself in a barn-burner last week as senior QB Zach Whitehead ran for a 6-yard touchdown, his third rush touchdown of the game as the Monarchs defeated Lebanon Valley on the road for the first time in a dozen years 44-39.
The Monarchs jumped to a 24-5 lead in the first half before Lebanon Valley got their offense rolling.
The Flying Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley scored 27 unanswered points, taking an eight-point lead into the final quarter.
Then, the Monarchs’ potent offense came alive, as they scored 14 straight points, from a 44-yard touchdown reception for Trey Campbell and a three-yard rush by junior transfer Jordan Downes, who rushed for 94 yards in the game.
After Lebanon Valley responded with a touchdown, Whitehead’s 6-yard rushing touchdown with 25 seconds left gave King’s the lead, then sophomore Eli Vascos recorded an interception to seal the deal for King’s.
Whitehead earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. He completed 25-of-37 passes, for 373 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 76 yards and three touchdowns.
The team begins a two-game homestand Saturday with Homecoming vs. Lycoming. Then they host Albright on Saturday, September 30. Both games begin a 1 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium.
The field hockey team picked up their first win of the season with a 1-1 record last week.
The Monarchs fell last Thursday to unbeaten Scranton by a 4-0 margin. They then defeated Immaculata University 2-0, where senior Brianna DiMaggio picked up a goal and an assist. The assist led to junior Kelsey Gabriele’s second goal of the year.
The team begins their MAC Freedom Conference title defense Friday when conference play begins. They host Manhattanville Friday, whom they defeated on home turf in the playoffs last year en route to a conference title.
They then travel to Marywood on Sunday afternoon and then at Keystone Wednesday before they return home next Friday night to host Delaware Valley.
The soccer teams continue to tune up for conference play, but the stat sheets continue to pile up for freshman Liam McLoughlin.
He scored his second hat trick in as many weeks for the Monarchs in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Wells College. He then scored another goal in Saturday’s match at SUNY New Paltz, but the Monarchs fell 3-1. McLoughlin is second in the nation with 10 goals on the season, only trailing Western New England’s Trey Remillard, who has 12.
The team played Cabrini on the road on Wednesday, and then they wrap up their five game road trip on Saturday when they travel to Widener.
They start a four-game homestand on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Alvernia at McCarthy Stadium, then they begin conference play on Sept. 30 when they host Misericordia.
After starting 3-0 to begin the season, the Lady Monarchs embarked on an 0-2 week away from home. In their game Wed., Sept. 13 at Susquehanna, King’s jumped to an early 1-0 lead on freshman midfielder Stephanie Correa’s second goal of the season, but then Susquehanna responded with two second half goals and defeated King’s 2-1. They then dropped another decision Saturday at Albright, where the home team scored the game’s only goal in the second half.
The Monarchs visited Lycoming College Wednesday afternoon in the final game of a four-game road swing. They come home Saturday afternoon for the Homecoming game against Lebanon Valley at 5 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium and begin a four-game homestand.
They then host Moravian next Wednesday afternoon and later Misericordia Saturday afternoon to start Freedom Conference competition.
The men’s tennis team kicked off the 2017-18 season in style this weekend as they crowned four single champions and two doubles champions at the King’s Invitational Tournament this weekend at Kirby Park.