Monarch Athletic Review: Week of September 25-30
After an inexplicable loss for the Monarchs last week, they got off to a quick start against first place Albright in last Saturday’s game.
They scored 17 points before Albright got on the board. Albright then took advantage of Monarch penalties and questionable calls by the referees to get back in the game.
The Monarchs had a 31-21 lead going into the fourth quarter thanks to two touchdown receptions from senior Corey Flynn, who finished with a career-high 144 yards receiving.
Then Albright scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the last six on field goals, to keep Albright undefeated, with a 34-31 victory. King’s drops to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Up next: at Misericordia (Oct. 7) 1 p.m., at Delaware Valley (Oct. 14) 12:30 p.m., bye week.
The field hockey team picked up its fourth straight win Wednesday at Keystone. Junior Kelley O’Keefe put a ball in two minutes into the game, and the Monarchs won 2-1.
The defending MAC Freedom Conference champs returned home Friday evening and picked up an overtime win against Delaware Valley Friday evening.
Senior Anastasia Araviakis scored her first career field hockey goal in a 3-2 overtime win. Seniors Anna Morgan and Selina Malacari added goals of their own in regulation.
After King’s started 0-5, they have won five in a row, and are 2-0 in conference play.
Remaning Schedule: at Misericordia (Oct. 7) 1 p.m., vs Keuka (Oct. 10) 7 p.m., at Eastern (Oct. 14) 11 a.m., vs Wilkes (Oct. 18) 7 p.m., at FDU-Florham (Oct. 20) 7 p.m., at DeSales (Oct. 26), 6 p.m.)
After an ominous week last week, King’s got back to winning ways, sweeping Delaware Valley, improving to 2-1 in conference play.
Katelyn Shiftlett dominated the match, posting a .556 hitting percentage. King’s then swept Penn State Hazleton handily, outscoring them 75-18.
Up next: at Misericordia (Oct. 11) 7 p.m., vs Eastern (Oct. 17) 7 p.m., at Keystone (Oct. 19) 6 p.m., at DeSales (Oct. 25) 7 p.m.
The Monarchs pulled an overtime winner Wednesday evening at home against Moravian, as freshman Emma Baumbusch scored her first college goal in extra time to give the Monarchs a 1-0 win.
They then kicked off conference play Saturday afternoon at home against nationally ranked Misericordia. The Cougars controlled the entire game and defeated King’s 2-0. Jess Schenfeld made eight saves for King’s. King’s is 4-3-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Up next: vs Manhattanville (Oct. 7) 5 p.m., at Wilkes (Oct. 10) 4:30 p.m., at Delaware Valley (Oct. 13) 7 p.m., vs Eastern (Oct. 18), 4 p.m., vs DeSales (Oct. 21) 1 p.m., vs Neumann (Oct. 24) 5 p.m.
In a matchup between two solid teams Wednesday evening, King’s and Alvernia could not score as King’s opened a four-game homestand. King’s got chances in the second half, but they could not cash in. Alvernia applied pressure during overtime, but Owen Geedey stopped all seven shots on him.
Then, they finally opened their conference slate Saturday evening with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Misericordia. Both teams were evenly matched throughout, going into the second overtime period scoreless, but King’s took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity and sophomore August Axtman cashed in his fourth goal of the season. They are 6-3-1 overall, and 1-0 in MAC Freedom Conference play.
Up next: vs Manhattanville (Oct. 6) 7 p.m., at Wilkes (Oct. 11) 7 p.m., at Delaware Valley (Oct. 14) 7 p.m., vs Eastern (Oct. 17) 7 p.m., vs DeSales (Oct. 21), 4 p.m., vs Elmira (Oct. 25) 7 p.m.
King’s started their week last Tuesday with a win against Misericordia 318-339. Ryan Georgetti paced the Monarchs by shooting 76. Then they lost to Scranton Thursday afternoon 308-322. Andrew Crossin led the team with a 76.
The golfers will return to the course in the spring.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads had solid performances this week at the Long-Short Invitational at Dickinson College Saturday. Junior Michael Havrilla led the men’s team with a 13:19.0 time in the 4K event, finishing in 40th place among 148 competitors. On the women’s side, fifth-year Marissa Durako led the team in the 6K race, finishing 20th of 191 racers with a final mark of 23:35.0. In the women’s 4K, sophomore Tara Johnson set a personal best time of 14:53.0, good enough for sixth place in a 181-runner pack.
Up next: at Gettysburg Invitational (Oct. 14)
Male Athlete of the Month
How is the King’s football offense this talented? We can thank our September Male Monarch Athlete of the Month.
Senior QB Zack Whitehead threw for a conference-high 1,525 yards, also good for eighth in Division III football, and 10 touchdowns, and also has 257 rushing yards and eight rushing scores, which leads all Division III quarterbacks.
This season has also featured three games of over 300 yards passing, including a season high 372 yards against Lebanon Valley on Sept. 16.
Whitehead certainly picked up where he left off his 2016 campaign, where he established himself as one of the best quarterbacks not only in the Middle Atlantic Conference, but also in Division III football, also earning The Crown’s Male Athlete of the Month honors in both September and October 2016.
He has been excellent in game management, his demeanor and style blends well with the high-flying offense that King’s has, which has scored 31 points per game. He has maximized his own talent during his season and a half as the starting quarterback for the Monarchs.
Whitehead is a senior mass communications student from Hockessin, Del., and a 2014 graduate of St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Del.
Female Athlete of the Month
The King’s volleyball team has put together a nice start, other than a brutal week where they lost five matches. But senior Katelyn Shiftlett has been the best attacker in the MAC Freedom Conference so far, leading the conference with a .339 hitting percentage.
She played an important part in both of King’s MAC Freedom conference wins in September.
In the Sept. 13 match against a solid Manhattanville team, she delivered 15 kills in a complementary role, especially in the late stages of the match.
Then, on Sept. 27 at Delaware Valley, she posted 11 kills against just one error in 18 attempts.
Her leadership presence has made her surroundings better, as she is the only senior on this year’s team, and has been one of the more efficient attackers the team has had in recent years.
Shiftlett is a senior studying business at King’s, and is a 2014 graduate of Dayspring Christian Academy in Mountville, PA. She is a resident of Lancaster, PA.