Monarch Athletic Review: Week of October 30-November 5
Through wind-driven rain, the men’s soccer team hosted a playoff match against DeSales on November 1.
The program hosted its first playoff game since 2015 as the no. 2 seed in the conference playoffs. Both squads failed to take advantage of plenty of opportunities to score through regulation and overtime. King’s registered 16 shots (five on goal), while DeSales had eight (3 on goal).
Penalty kicks were required to determine a winner. DeSales prevailed 4-3 in the shootout and advanced to the conference championship game, where they eventually defeated Eastern to win the title.
The Monarchs’ season ends with an 11-6-2 overall record.
The women’s volleyball team made its first playoff appearance in nine years last Wednesday, taking them to the no . 4 seed during the season. They traveled to DeSales for the second time in as many weeks and made an interesting match against the Bulldogs.
After splitting the first two sets 25-21 and 24-26, DeSales took over and won the third and fourth sets 25-15 and 25-16 to knock off the Monarchs.
Rachel Miller, Katelyn Shifflett, and Jill Korgeski each had double-digit kills and digs in the loss.
King’s finished the season 20-11.
The wrestling team kicked off the season on Saturday, the first event without Ned McGinley advising. At the Ned McGinley Invitational in Scandlon Gymnasium, King’s placed 11th out of 12 teams.
The top three Monarch performers at the event were sophomore Dakota Quick, senior Ralph Bernardo, and newcomer Jake Taylor.
Quick placed third at the 125-pound bracket. Bernardo finished sixth in the 285-pound bracket.
Taylor won his first two collegiate matches at the 141-pound level, before going deep in the consolation bracket.
The Monarchs’ next event is this Saturday at the New York City/Pennsylvania Duels at Wilkes.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The women’s ice hockey program kicked off competitive play at the Commonwealth Cup in Pittsburgh this weekend, but they dropped their first two decisions.
Last Friday, they fell 5-0 to Neumann in their first-ever game.
Kiva Sierra Stoltz notched 48 saves on 53 shots, saving over 90% of her shots. King’s kept the game competitive until the third period, when Neumann pulled away with three goals in the third.
Then they lost the next day 4-1 to Lebanon Valley, but Josee Aitken scored the very first Lady Monarch goal in ice hockey, putting one across early in the third period.
The Lady Monarchs make their home debut at Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Elmira College.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The men’s ice hockey squad played an entertaining game on Saturday in their first road game ever at Elmira College in New York.
The Monarchs scored two power play goals in the first period, one from Luciano Bucci off a pass from Jamie Lukas, and one from Orion Linnehan. Then, tied at 2, the Monarchs began to lose ground, conceding four times in the second period.
King’s later got two goals from Anthony Frati as the Monarchs begin their opening season 0-2 with a 7-4 loss.
Coming off of a last-minute thrilling win against FDU-Florham, King’s looked to go back above .500 for the season at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Widener’s defense dominated from the start, allowing only two Monarch field goals in a 27-6 romp. They picked off Zach Whitehead five times and sacked him 11 times.
However, King’s own Mike Tumminello set the program record for the longest field goal, connecting from 44 yards out in the first quarter. He added a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Tyler Marroni’s seven receptions also give him a single-season record of 65 yards for the season with one game remaining; he also remains 60 yards shy from the single-season receiving record of 1,057 set by Dan Kempa in 2013.
The one remaining game is the Mayor’s Cup against Wilkes at McCarthy Stadium. It starts at 12 p.m. on NOvember 11th, and live coverage will be on WRKC 88.5 FM and FOX 56.
The swimming teams swept Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York on Saturday.
The men’s squad won its third straight meet to open the season with a 121-67 domination.
Tyler Higgins won the 1000-yard freestyle with a final time of 10:44.16, while Tyler Groshardt captured the 50-yard freestyle for King’s with a time of 22.82 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.41.
The women’s team notched a 114-81 win to improve to 2-1. They got contributions from several swimmers. Amanda Schwerdtman won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:23.31 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:33.29.
Kirsten Siwy took the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.18 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:32.53.
Kaelyn Gardner prevailed in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:25.82 and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:24.43.
Noelle Pederson captured the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.14.
The program returns home on Friday and Saturday, when they host Lebanon Valley Friday night at 6 p.m. and then Stevenson on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Then it is on to the Diamond City Invitational at Wyoming Valley CYC the next weekend before their long Christmas break.
The Middle Atlantic Conference announced all of the MAC Freedom Conference teams in soccer, field hockey, and volleyball.
August Axtman, Brandon Raab, and Liam McLoughlin were named to the first team all-conference squad for men’s soccer.
Meanwhile, the women’s soccer team placed three of their own on the all-conference women’s squad.
The conference announced Danielle Putnam was named to the second team all-conference. Kristen Ryan and Mallory Fox earned honorable mentions.
The field hockey team landed a quartet on the all-conference team. Kelsey Gabriele earned first team distinction. Sarah Zbierski and Symantha Sharon were second team honorees, while Brianna DiMaggio earned honorable mention status.
The volleyball team placed a pair on the all-conference volleyball squad. Junior Rachel Miller earned first team distinction while Katelyn Shifflett garnered second team honors.