Coming off one of the best offensive seasons in program history, the King’s football team couldn’t sustain it to kick off 2018.
The Monarchs were shut out by Moravian, 24-0, on Saturday in their season opener at Bethlehem. The Greyhounds gashed King’s for 262 yards rushing and their defense had tenacity to match, allowing only 252 yards total.
Both Gabe Boccella and Tommy Klock played at quarterback for King’s, combining for 149 yards on 14 completions and an interception.
The Monarchs’ best chance to score came early in the first quarter, but Jack Barreras missed a 34-yard field goal.
At Selinsgrove, Lauren Shiplett (Crestwood) scored her second career goal, and it held as Wilkes completed a 1-0 upset over No. 14-ranked Kean in the Connie Harnum Classic.
Goalkeeper Dallas Kendra (Crestwood) finished with 10 saves and helped stop a pair of Kean penalty corners in the closing minutes.
The Colonels (1-1) face Keystone on Wednesday.
At McCarthy Stadium, King’s couldn’t find the cage in a 1-0 loss to Arcadia. The Monarchs (0-2) outshot the Knights, 11-7, but Jake Varrato stopped all five shots put on the Arcadia net.
King’s takes on Scranton on Wednesday.
Wilkes won two of their three matches, starting the day by sweeping Clarks Summit (25-16, 25-19, 25-22). Jamey Mikovich led the offense with 14 kills, and Alex Ferrier had 11. Freshman Karlye Huffman contributed 30 assists, and Juliet Betke recorded 22 digs.
In the second match, Lycoming swept the Colonels 26-24, 25-10, 25-15. Wilkes then swept Penn College 25-12, 25-20, 25-19. Huffman had 18 assists, and Michele Natale registered six kills.
Wilkes improves to 3-1 after its opening weekend.