Monarch Athletic Review: Week of October 21-26
The Lady Monarchs entered last week feeling good about making the MAC Freedom conference playoffs for the second straight year, winning eight of their last 10 games.
They ended the week more pessimistic, losing two crucial games in MAC Freedom Conference play.
On Oct. 18 against Wilkes, King’s honored its seven seniors with a pre-game ceremony honoring the academic achievements of its players on and off the field. All of them made big contributions to last year’s championship team.
Senior Anna Morgan celebrated in the first half with her fourth goal of the season to put her team ahead at halftime. But it was the cross-town rivals that took over the game in the second half. Wilkes’ Haley Gayoski scored early in the half, and then again on a penalty stroke with less than two minutes to go. King’s suffered a gut-punching 2-1 defeat to Wilkes in a must-win game, knowing they had to visit FDU-Florham 48 hours later.
The Devils came into their match against the Lady Monarchs motivated after seeing them celebrate a MAC Freedom Conference championship last year.
The Lady Monarchs played on the defensive most of the game, but neither side put a ball in as a goaltender duel set up between King’s own Kayla Nailor and FDU-Florham’s Samantha Rubin, who has been the best goaltender in the conference this year. But the Devils exacted revenge with 59 seconds left in double overtime with a game-winning goal.
This drops King’s to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play. They need to win Thursday night at DeSales in their final regular season game of the year. The winner of the game goes to the playoffs, while the loser goes home.
The tennis teams competed in the Middle Atlantic Conference singles Championships last weekend. The Monarchs could not muster any titles, as cross-town rival Wilkes swept everything on the men’s and women’s sides. King’s Tyler Millan came the closest on the men’s side, finishing second in the second-flight singles bracket. Emily Fernandez was the runner-up on the top-flight women’s singles.
The volleyball team entered this week with two conference games left and in a three-team race with FDU-Florham and Manhattanville for the final two playoff spots in the conference.
They faced Eastern on Oct. 17 and lost in straight sets. Eastern is looking for its tenth straight MAC Freedom crown. King’s did win a non-conference match against Keystone in straight sets, improving their overall record to 18-9.
They travel to DeSales on Oct. 25, needing a win or a Manhattanville loss to FDU-Florham to clinch a playoff spot.
The women’s soccer team came into the week 2-2 in conference play, and hosted Eastern and DeSales, two of the better teams in the conference, and they split.
The Lady Monarchs were on the short end of a 2-0 match against Eastern on Oct. 18 as King’s mustered only one first half shot on goal. King’s conceded one goal in each half as Eastern dominated the time of possession to cruise to victory.
Then, with their backs against the walls, King’s delivered an upset special on Oct. 21 against first place DeSales. Junior defenseman Andrea Galvin scored the game’s only goal five minutes into the game, her first goal of the season and just the second from a defensive player this season for the Lady Monarchs.
Goalkeeper Elizabeth Nolen stopped all five shots from the Bulldogs on Saturday. King’s is now 3-3 in conference play and 7-5-2 overall.
They travel to FDU-Florham Saturday afternoon. They need a win and Eastern to defeat DeSales to make the playoffs. That would enable King’s to make the playoffs because of its win over DeSales last week.
King’s clinched a spot in the MAC Freedom Conference playoffs last week, even though they dropped tough games against Eastern and DeSales.
Sophomore Will Brack scored King’s only goal in their Oct. 17 match against Eastern two minutes into the match. His second goal of the season was not enough, as Eastern rallied with two goals, the first goals King’s conceded since Sept. 23. Eastern prevailed over the Monarchs in come-from-behind fashion 2-1.
Then DeSales marched in on Oct. 21 in a duel between two quality teams. The Bulldogs got off to a 2-0 start, the second goal coming through a penalty kick. But August Axtman scored two clutch goals in the second half, including an equalizer with 10 minutes left, to send the match into extra time, but DeSales scored a game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win over the Monarchs.
King’s travels to FDU-Florham on Oct. 28 for its final regular season game before the playoffs. Right now, they stand at 10-5-1 overall, but 4-2 in conference play. They need a win and DeSales to defeat or tie Eastern to have home pitch advantage for the first-round game of the playoffs on Nov. 1.
The football team had an unusually late bye week last week. They return to the field on Oct. 28 against FDU-Florham at 1 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium. King’s is 3-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
The swimming season kicked off their season last week with their first two events of the season.
They travelled to Susquehanna on Oct. 20 for relays. King’s performed relatively well in those relays. The one victorious team was the King’s 400-yard freestyle team. Dan Weekes, Rhyce Hammaker, Chris Michael, and Bryce Groshardt were ahead of the competition with a 3:21.22 mark in the event.
The Monarchs began their dual season at home against Drew University on Oct. 21. Winners on the men’s side in a 106-96 win were Dan Weekes in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles, Rhyce Hammaker in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Tyler Higgins in the 1000-yard freestyle.
The women lost 96-106 to Drew. Winners for King’s were Kirsten Siwy in the 200-yard individual medley, Amanda Schwerdtman in the 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard medley team of Noelle Pederson, Siwy, Kaelyn Gardner, and Abbi Strennen.
King’s will return to the water on Oct. 28 at Cabrini.