The women’s soccer team continued its dominance of the Landmark Conference, winning its third straight title and fourth championship in six years. The Royals made their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th in school history while finishing with a record of 9-7-5. It is the Royals’ 25th winning season in the program’s 30 years. Sydney Parker ’13 (Randolph, N.J.), Jessica Sciscione ’13 (Freehold, N.J.), Samantha Russo ’14 (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Kelsy McAnelly ’14 (West Chester) and Erin Casey ’16 (Hatfield) were honored by the Landmark Conference for their play.
The men’s soccer team enjoyed its most successful season in 29 years, going 17-3-2 and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1983. The Royals won three NCAA Tournament games and finished the season ranked ninth. Bill McGuiness ’13 (Forty Fort), Matt Salvatore ’13 (Howell, N.J.), Colin McFadden ’14 (Ventnor City, N.J.), Stephen Kilty ’14 (Downingtown), Joel Potter ’16 (Randolph, N.J.) and coach Matt Pivirotto were all honored by the Landmark Conference as well. Additionally, McGuiness, who scored 12 goals and seven assists this season, earned first-team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America and was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Off & Running
From left, Laura Fay ’15 (Thornton) and Mary O’Neill ’14 (Middletown, N.J.) of the women’s cross country team earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors this season. O’Neill finished 10th overall at the Landmark Conference championships while Fay was three spots back, leading the Royals to a fourth-place finish.
After scoring 15 goals and adding eight assists this season, forward Gretchen Kempf ’13 (Warrington) of the field hockey team capped her career by being named Landmark Conference Player of the Year. Her play helped the Royals to an 11-7 record and a berth in the Landmark Conference playoffs. Kempf finished her career with 41 goals, fourth-most in school history, and 18 assists, second-most in Scranton history.
Crilly Killin’ It
Outside hitter Julia Crilly ’15 (Rochester, N.Y.) of the women’s volleyball team earned Landmark Conference second-team honors for the second straight season. She helped the Royals to a 20-15 record and a berth in the conference playoffs by leading the squad in kills with 459, the second-highest single-season total in school history.
Goalie James Dillon ’13 (left) (Downingtown) of the men’s soccer team was named to the Landmark Conference All-Academic Team for his performance on the field and in the classroom. He was joined by teammate Bill McGuiness ’13 (center) (Forty Fort), Emily Farrell ’13 (Telford) of the women’s soccer team and Gretchen Kempf ’13 (Warrington) of the field hockey team.
Farrell Recognized for Academics
Defender Emily Farrell ’13 (Telford) of the women’s soccer team was named third-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America after helping to lead the Royals to their third-straight Landmark Conference championship. Farrell helped Scranton win 51 matches during her four years on the squad.
By the Numbers
31 – CoSIDA Academic All-Americans at Scranton since 1981
70.3% – Women’s Soccer Team’s Winning Percentage, 2010-2012
459 – Kills by volleyball player Julia Crilly ’15 in 2012