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Fall Sports Wrap-Up


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Senior outside hitter Julia Crilly became the first women’s volleyball player in school history to be named All-American.

Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team placed five runners in the top 60 en route to a sixth-place finish at the Landmark Conference championships. Sophomore James Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) led the Royals by finishing 23rd. Two weeks later, he would lead the Royals at the NCAA Mideast Regional by finishing 128th in a time of 27:30.1, his best time over 8,000 meters on the season. 

Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team finished fourth at the Landmark Conference championships as seven runners finished in the top 50, led by seniors Rachel Conniff (Roaring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) and Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Prep), who finished 17th and 19th, respectively. Conniff was the Royals’ top finisher at the NCAA Mideast Regional two weeks later, placing 57th.

Field Hockey
The field hockey team finished 13-6 and reached the Landmark Conference playoffs for the fourth straight season. The 13 victories marked the team’s fourth straight season of 11 or more wins, and included a six-game winning streak to open the season. Senior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and finished her career as the school record-holder for career assists (22) and is one of only four players in program history to finish with 100 career points.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team finished the season with a 9-6-3 record, posting 10 shutouts along the way. It marked the third straight season in which the Royals posted a winning record, and the 10 shutouts were the ninth-most in school history. Senior forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) earned second-team all-Landmark Conference honors after finishing with a team-high six goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) also had a strong season, allowing only 1.04 goals per match and playing every minute in eight of the team’s 10 shutouts.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team reached the Landmark Conference championship for the fifth straight season and the six time in the conference’s eight years. The Royals finished with 10 wins, their sixth season in the last seven with at least 10 victories. Juniors Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy)and Jasmine Sconciafurno (Woodland Park, N.J./Passaic Valley) and sophomore Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) each earned first-team all-conference honors. Akalski also went on to receive second-team all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the second straight year.

Women’s Volleyball
Senior Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) became the first women’s volleyball player in Scranton history to earn All-American honors when she earned honorable mention accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She led the Royals to a 23-11 record and became the only player in school history to have at least 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs in a career. The team qualified for the Landmark Conference playoffs for the fifth straight season and seventh in the past eight.