Monarch Athletic Review: November 27 – December 3
The Monarchs earned a hard-fought 74-72 non-conference victory over Muhlenberg College in Allentown on November 28 as Chris Fazzini scored on a layup with two seconds left in the game. Fazzini, a senior power forward, logged the team’s final ten points (all in the paint) after being held to just two points in the game’s first 34 minutes and 26 seconds.
In a back-and-forth game, the Monarchs had to overcome a 57-50 deficit in the second half to come back, and King’s used a 9-2 run to even the score. Then it became a battle of who had the ball last.
Sophomore Tyler Millan led King’s with 17 points, while junior James Willis added 14 from the bench as King’s improved to 3-3 on the season.
King’s is back in action this weekend, hosting the FNCB Bank Monarch Classic on Friday and Saturday. The competition includes Penn State Hazleton, Lynchburg College, and Susquehanna University.
The Lady Monarchs came into their matchup against Susquehanna on November 29 after an eight-day Thanksgiving layoff. But King’s could not hold their 47-39 fourth quarter lead in a 62-61 loss to the River Hawks on Team Caroling Night.
King’s surrendered a 49 percent shooting percentage in the second half, and they themselves only shot 56 percent from the free-throw line. The team fell to 3-2 on the season.
King’s returns to the floor on Sunday, December 17 when they host Albright College before they break for the holidays.
Track and Field
The Monarchs began the indoor track and field season in style as eight school records were broken, three men’s and five women’s records.
Freshman Emmanuel Edoukou broke two school records in his collegiate debut. In the 60-meter sprint, he finished tied for sixth of 80 runners with a 7.16 time, breaking the old record by 0.33 seconds. He also ran 200 meters in 23.92 seconds, thus placing tenth out of 81 runners.
In the men’s weight throw, Tyler Maxwell set a new school mark with a 15.51-meter throw, and qualified for the MAC Championships.
On the women’s side, freshman Sarah Ross finished eighth of 92 runners in the 200-meter dash with a 27.71 time. She also started the 4×400 meter relay team that included Kailey Orzechowski, Savannah Lynch, and Tina Walker, finishing at 4:33.59.
In the high jump, Sarah Zultevicz broke the school record with a mark of 1.39 meters.
Finally, in the 60-meter hurdles, Alyssa Robinson set a school mark with a time of 10.60 seconds in her collegiate debut.
Although it was not a record, Jillian Korgeski finished second of 62 throwers in the shot put, with a 13.58-meter mark. She was also the best Division III thrower of the competitors.
The teams compete next at the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus College on January 20.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The women’s ice hockey squad travelled to Stevenson to take on the Mustangs down in Maryland for a two-game series. But they were blown out the window both Friday and Saturday.
In Friday night’s loss, the team surrendered 10 goals on 72 shots. Kiva Sierra Stoltz came into the game in the second period and stopped 47 of 53 shots on her. King’s only mustered 11 shots on Stevenson’s net as they were shut out 10-0.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Mustangs had 77 shots on Stoltz, and she stopped 71 of them. But King’s got shut out again, losing 6-0.
King’s slipped to 0-7-1 with the sweep.
The team plays again on January 5 at SUNY Cortland.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The men’s ice hockey team didn’t have much better success than the women’s squad, losing twice this weekend.
On Friday night, they got blown out by Nazareth 8-1. Anthony Frati scored the team’s lone goal in the second period, but Nazareth soon jumped to an early 7-0 lead.
On Saturday night, they traveled to 14th ranked Utica College for a UCHC matchup, but King’s was unable to take advantage of Utica’s penalties. In fact, they surrendered three short-handed goals (one in each period). This was after King’s remained competitive with Utica through 25 minutes. Tied at one apiece, the Utica Pioneers pulled away to a 6-1 victory.
Nick Palumbo scored the team’s only goal late in the first period.
The team returns to action Friday night when they visit Lebanon Valley, and then they finish 2017 at Chatham before the Christmas break.
Male Athlete of the Month
King’s College swimming has performed at a high level this year, as they have started 5-0 in duals, and finished third of 11 teams at the Diamond City Invitational in November.
In a team of many bright spots, the brightest has been Dan Weekes. As a freestyle sprinter, he has been a rock for King’s. He placed first place in all but three races this year between the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. At the Diamond City Invitational on November 18, he set a career-best with a mark of 21.67 seconds.
Weekes is a junior, and he double majors in psychology and sociology. He is a 2014 graduate of Moravian Academy in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Female Athlete of the Month
The women’s swimming has likewise been impressive, as they were unbeaten in November, going 3-0 in duals.
Kirsten Siwy swam her way to female athlete honors for November. Siwy finished first in seven of 10 events in November. In 24 hours from November 10 to 11, she won five races against Stevenson and Lebanon Valley, which garnered the Middle Atlantic Conference’s “Women’s Swimmer of the Week” honors on November 13.
Siwy is a sophomore physician assistant major and graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania in 2016.