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Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Samantha Russo

Senior Samantha Russo was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year while leading the women’s soccer team to a 15-3-3 record and its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Men’s Cross Country
Head coach Bill Burke’s men’s cross country team competed in seven events during the 2013 season, finishing in the top five three times. The Royals finished fifth at the Landmark Conference championships on Nov. 2 at the U.S. Soldiers' & Airmen's Home in Washington, D.C., led by senior Matt DiMaio, who finished 28th overall. Two weeks later, Scranton finished 27th among 54 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., as DiMaio was again the team’s highest finisher.

Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team competed in seven events, finishing second twice, including at the Landmark Conference championships on Nov. 2 at the U.S. Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Home in Washington, D.C. Seniors Cara Notarianni and Mary O’Neill finished fifth and sixth, respectively, to earn first-team all-conference honors, and sophomore Erika Sarno was ninth, earning her second-team accolades. Two weeks later, the Royals finished ninth out of 52 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., as Notarianni finished 32nd and Sarno was 45th.

Field Hockey
The field hockey team finished 14-6 and reached the Landmark Conference championship for the first time, and the team’s playoff appearance was its third straight and fourth in six years under head coach Colleen Moyer. The 14 victories are the most in a season since the Royals won 16 games in 1998. Scranton opened the season with eight straight victories, stood 12-1 late in the season and added victories over 20th-ranked Catholic in the regular season finale and 18th-ranked Drew in the conference semifinals. Five Royals earned all-Landmark Conference honors, led by junior defender Jessica Pankey, who was a first-team selection.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team finished 10-3-4 under head coach Matt Pivirotto, but lost a tiebreaker for a spot in the Landmark Conference playoffs. The Royals’ 10 victories marked their second straight season with double-digit wins and third in the past five seasons. Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness was named second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, both for the second straight season. 

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team earned its 15th NCAA Tournament berth overall and fourth straight, finishing 15-3-3 under head coach Colleen Pivirotto. The Royals, who had an 18-match unbeaten streak during the season, posted their 10th season of 15 or more wins in the program’s 31-year history. Six players earned all-Landmark Conference honors, and senior Samantha Russo was named Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Erin Casey was named Defensive Player of the Year, freshman Christina Akalski earned Rookie of the Year honors, and Pivirotto was named Coach of the Year. Russo, Casey and Akalski also earned all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Women’s Volleyball
The women’s volleyball team finished 12-24 and earned a berth in the Landmark Conference playoffs under first-year head coach Jamie Spangler. The playoff appearance was the fourth straight and 15th in 16 years for the Royals, who played seven matches against nationally ranked opponents during the season. Junior Julia Crilly, who is fifth all-time at Scranton with 1,199 career kills, earned first-team all-Landmark Conference honors after leading the team in all major offensive categories during the season.