Fall Sports Wrap-up
Bill McGuiness led the men's soccer team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and a ninth-place final ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
Head coach Bill Burke's men’s cross-country team competed in seven events during the 2012 season, finishing in the top five on three different occasions. The Royals placed sixth at the Landmark Conference Championships on October 27 at Fort Roberdeau State Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania, led by freshman Corey Wasilnak’s 30th-place finish overall. Scranton came in 29th in the 49-team NCAA Mideast Regional on November 10 in Newville, Pennsylvania, as junior Stefan Bossbaly was the team’s highest finisher.
The women’s cross-country team competed in seven events during the fall campaign, finishing in the top five three times, including a fourth-place finish at the Landmark Conference Championships on October 27 at Fort Roberdau State Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Junior Mary O’Neill and sophomore Laura Fay both earned All-Landmark Conference second-team honors by finishing 10th and 13th, respectively, for head coach Bill Burke. Two weeks later, the Royals placed 27th out of 49 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Newville, Pennsylvania.
The field hockey team went 11-7 and reached the Landmark Conference Tournament for the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons under head coach Colleen Moyer. Senior Gretchen Kempf was named conference Player of the Year in addition to being named second-team All-South Atlantic Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for the second straight year. Three other players earned all-conference honors, including freshman Jessica Pankey, who joined Kempf as a first-team selection.
The Royals had their most successful season in nearly 30 years, going 17-3-2 and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament under the direction of veteran head coach Matt Pivirotto. Scranton opened the season with a 13-match unbeaten streak and later went on to outscore its opponents 9-1 in three NCAA Tournament victories. The Royals were led by senior midfielder Bill McGuiness, who was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year, a second-team All-American by d3soccer.com and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He also received the O’Hara Award as the outstanding male athlete of the senior class at the University's 22nd annual Senior Student-Athlete Luncheon in May.
The women’s soccer team made its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third straight after winning the Landmark Conference Championship, also for the third straight season, under head coach Colleen Murphy. The Royals finished 9-7-5, their sixth straight season with a record of .500 or better, and the 28th in the program’s 30-year history. Senior defender Emily Farrell was selected third-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America while five others earned All-Landmark Conference honors.
The Royals went 20-15 and reached the Landmark Conference Tournament for the second straight season and fourth time in the last six years. The 20 victories marked the first time Scranton reached the 20-win mark since 2008, and the team opened the season with a nine-match winning streak. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Crilly earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors after leading the team in attacks and kills, and tying for the team lead in service aces.