Monarch Athletic Review: Week of September 18-24
The Monarchs looked to ride their momentum from a thrilling win at Lebanon Valley to Homecoming, and it was another back-and-forth affair in front of a crowd of 2,937 fans, which included many alumni returning home on a hot Saturday afternoon.
This was a quarterback duel between King’s Zach Whitehead and Lycoming’s Chase Williams. Lycoming took an early 17-6 lead before the dynamic King’s offense got rolling in the second quarter to take a 27-24 halftime lead. It then became a 41-37 lead for the Monarchs with three minutes left. Lycoming had to go 71 yards without a timeout to win the game, and that they did, as Lycoming QB Chase Williams ran for an 11-yard score with 42 seconds left, giving Lycoming a 44-41 win.
Williams threw for 337 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the air, and ran for 69 yards and a touchdown for Lycoming. Whitehead threw for 272 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also ran 22 times for 80 yards and two rushing scores.
Meanwhile, this deflating loss for King’s sends them to a 2-2 overall record, and 1-2 in MAC play, but there were major offensive contributors for King’s. Senior wideout Tyler Marroni caught eight balls for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow senior receiver Trey Campbell caught two scores of his own.
Before the game, senior defensive lineman Jacoby Foresman was honored with the Father Patrick Sullivan Award, a prestigious award given before the homecoming game.
King’s returns to the field Saturday afternoon when they host Albright at 1 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium. Then, they travel to Dallas to take on Misericordia on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
The field hockey team began conference play Friday evening with a home tilt against Manhattanville, whom they beat in the conference semifinal last year. They played to a 2-2 game that required overtime. Junior Kelsey Gabriele scored a pair of goals, the second on a penalty stroke. Senior captain and defenseman Sarah Zbierski scored the golden goal off a deflection to give King’s a 3-2 thrilling victory. Zbierski’s goal was the first in her collegiate career, and the Monarchs are off to a 1-0 start in Freedom Conference play.
They returned to the field Sunday afternoon in the blistering heat as they visited Marywood. Senior Brianna DiMaggio scored two goals in the first half, and the Monarchs never looked back in a 4-1 victory, improving King’s to a 3-5 overall record.
Up next on their schedule, they host Delaware Valley on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium for another conference game, then play host to Moravian Monday night at 7 p.m., then they have a road tilt with Alvernia on Wednesday evening.
The word “even” was the tone this week for King’s. In their two matches this week, a road game at Lycoming last Wednesday and a home tilt against a solid Lebanon Valley team on Saturday, they played to draws.
Both sides had plenty of opportunities to score, but the goaltenders stopped everything in its path. Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Nolen stopped all six shots she faced. King’s had eight shots on Lycoming’s goal, but Lycoming’s Madi Welliver halted all of them. It was a 0-0 draw.
Saturday’s game in the heat had a goal from each side in the first half, but as the ladies wore themselves out of the 88-degree heat, the scoring opportunities faded in the opener of a four-game homestand. After Danielle Putnam notched her fifth goal of the year, Lebanon Valley’s Emma Longenecker responded with one of her own. But that was all the scoring of the day.
They are back on the home pitch Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. against defending MAC Freedom Conference champion Misericordia at McCarthy.
The men’s soccer unit capped off a 4-1 road trip with a 2-0 week, in which the team stepped up after both Cabrini and Widener kept the red-hot Liam McLoughlin in check.
In Wednesday’s road match at Cabrini, Alastair Dinnan scored in the 85th minute to give the Monarchs a 1-0 win. Dinnan’s deciding goal was his first at the collegiate level. Junior Owen Geedey stopped all seven shots he faced to preserve the win.
They then travelled to Widener for a Saturday afternoon matchup, and the Monarchs outlasted Widener for a grueling 90 minutes in the heat. August Axtman scored his third goal of the season in the first half. After Widener tied it in the second half, sophomore Aidan DiCamillo notched his first college goal in the 89th minute to give King’s a 2-1 win.
King’s volleyball had a rough week, as they lost all five matches played this week.
It began with a loss in straight sets to FDU-Florham in a conference matchup on Tuesday evening. King’s is now 1-1 in conference play so far.
Then they lost four straight matches at the York College Volleyball Spartan Classic. They had losses on Friday to York in four sets and Bethany in three. Then, they lost to Saint Vincent and La Roche each in four sets.
Up next on their upcoming schedule is an away game at Penn State Hazleton on Friday, then they come home Tuesday evening for a match against their cross-town rival Wilkes at McGrane Gymnasium at 7 p.m. They travel on Wednesday to Gwynedd Mercy, and then back home Thursday evening against Penn College at 6 p.m.
The men’s tennis squad put together an impressive Homecoming weekend, defeating Lycoming, Penn, and Marywood this weekend at Kirby Park. Nate Carl was named MAC Tennis Player of the Week for his efforts, who won the top-flight singles.