Monarch Athletic Review: Week of October 23-29
The ice hockey team made its long-awaited debut on Oct. 27 against Brockport. The experienced Brockport Golden Eagles manhandled King’s 6-2. Cam Anklewich scored the program’s first-ever goal, which came with 8:55 left in the second period. Luciano Bucci scored the second goal for King’s with less than a minute to go in the game.
The Monarchs travel to Elmira on Saturday for their very first road game, then return home on Nov. 10 to take on Stevenson.
Meanwhile, the women’s ice hockey team debuts this weekend at the Commonwealth Cup in Pittsburgh on Nov. 3 against Neumann, and they play again the next day against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
King’s College came off their bye week at home against FDU-Florham on Oct. 28. King’s did not show their best, but they got a victory in the last minute, as QB Zach Whitehead ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 20 seconds to go to give King’s an 18-15 thriller over the Devils. Wideout Tyler Marroni had 11 catches, 150 yards receiving and a touchdown in the win.
King’s travels to Widener next week, then they host the Mayor’s Cup game on Nov. 11 at noon at McCarthy Stadium.
After a 2-1 loss in their last home game of the regular year to Elmira on Oct. 25, the men’s soccer team won the No. 2 seed in the MAC Freedom tournament on Oct. 28 with a 4-1 win over FDU-Florham. Senior Brendan Raab scored twice to pace the Monarchs.
King’s finished 11-6-1 overall and 5-2 in conference play, and are set to host DeSales on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the conference playoffs. If they win, they’ll play in the conference championships Saturday night.
Junior Steven Valencia was named MAC Freedom Conference “Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance this week, scoring three goals and one assist this week.
The women’s soccer team saw their 2017 season come to a crashing close this week. First, on Oct. 24, the seniors were honored with a pregame ceremony, then they defeated Neumann College 3-0 as three different Monarchs scored. Then they faced a must-win scenario on Oct. 28 at FDU-Florham, where a win would put the team in the playoffs, but they fell 3-1.
The team finished 8-6-2 overall, and 3-4 in conference play, finishing sixth out of eight teams.
The volleyball team made the conference playoffs for the first time since 2008, even though they lost their last conference game at DeSales in straight sets. They then hosted a tri-match on Oct. 27 against Lycoming and Marywood.
The conference semi-final takes place on Nov. 1 at DeSales, but if they win, the conference title game is on Nov. 4.
The King’s field hockey team faced a win-or-go-home situation in their only game last week, a match at DeSales on Oct. 26 to determine the final playoff match in the conference playoffs. However, they did not get the job done, falling 2-1 to the Bulldogs. Junior Kelsey Gabriele netted the only Monarch goal, finishing the season with a team-high of 13 goals and 31 points.
The ladies finished a disappointing 2017 campaign with an 8-10 overall record, and 3-4 in the conference. This comes after winning the conference title last year and starting conference play this year 3-1.
The women’s cross-country team finished fourth out of 16 teams at the MAC championships at Delaware Valley on Oct. 28, their highest-ever finish. King’s placed two in the top 10, as Tara Johnson and Marissa Durako finished seventh and ninth of the 145 competitors, respectively in the 6 km race.
The men’s team finished 10th out of 17 teams in their division. Nilang Suthar finished 54th out of 158 runners to pace the Monarchs.
The runners’ last scheduled event of the year is the NCAA Mideast Regional at Dickinson College on Nov. 11.
The swimming teams swept Cabrini last week in Radnor, Pa. The men’s squad won 111-70 to improve to 2-0, while the women picked up their first win with a 122-76 victory.
Their next meet takes place on Nov. 4 at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.
Male Athlete of the Month
Tyler Marroni of the King’s football squad is The Crown’s Male Athlete of the Month for October. In the Monarchs’ three games this month, he caught 27 passes for 451 yards and 4 touchdowns. No performance was more impressive, however, than his magical game on Oct. 7 at Misericordia, where he caught 10 balls for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished three yards shy of the single-game record for the program that Dan Kempa set in the 2012 Mayor’s Cup game at Wilkes. That garnered him “Offensive Player of the Week” honors from the conference.
He also had 11 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown in last week’s victory over FDU-Florham.
With two games to go, Marroni has 944 receiving yards. The single-season King’s record is 1,057 set by Kempa in 2013. He has 58 receptions, just two shy of the record, also held by Kempa four years ago.
Marroni is a senior business management student from Wilmington, Del. He graduated from Salesianum High School three years ago.
Female Athlete of the Month
Kelsey Gabriele of the field hockey team has earned The Crown’s Female Athlete of The Month title. In eight games in October, the junior forward scored eight times. She had three two-goal games this month. They came against Moravian, Keuka, and Eastern in the first two weeks of the month. During the week of Oct. 9, Gabriele was named MAC Freedom Conference Field Hockey “Offensive Player of the Week,” for four goals in a two-game span against Keuka and Eastern.
Gabriele was the team’s second-leading scorer last year, and finished her 2017 season with a career-high 13 goals and 31 points, and she figures to be one of the few mainstays on a team that lost six starters to graduation after the season.
She is a mathematics/secondary education major from Plains, Pa., and is a 2015 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. She was named to the MAC Fall Academic Honor Roll each of her first two years.