|Rebecca Russo||Jamie Hreniuk||Colleen Berry||Erica Licari|
Junior defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) of The University of Scranton women's soccer team was honored not only for her play on the pitch, but her work in the classroom on Monday, as she was named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III Scholar All-America Team, earning First Team accolades.
Russo was also one of four Royals to earn USC Scholar All-East Region Honors, too, joining seniors Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), and Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East). Russo was a First Team selection to the All-East Region team, while Hreniuk was a second team pick. Berry and Licari were both Third Team honorees.
Russo's selection to the USC Scholar All-America First Team adds to the list of honors the junior has collected in the postseason for Scranton. It also marks the second straight season in which a Scranton women's soccer player earned Scholar All-America honors, as Licari nabbed Third Team accolades last season.
In late November, Russo became just the 13th University of Scranton women's soccer player to earn All-American honors in program history when she was named to the USC All-America Second Team as a defender. Earlier in the month, Russo was named the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year, an All-Landmark First Team Selection, and an USC All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team pick.
In the classroom, Russo has tabulated a 3.96 GPA as a Nursing major at the University of Scranton. A two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, Russo earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team accolades earlier this year for the second straight season, as well.
Hreniuk, who has a 3.74 GPA as an Exercise Science major, ends her career with the Scholar All-East Region Second Team accolade. A three-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll and All-Landmark pick, Hreniuk earned USC All-Region accolades for the third straight season in 2018, leading Scranton in scoring with 24 total points (11 goals, two assists).
Berry, who has a 3.69 GPA as another Exercise Science major, earns Scholar All-Region honors for the first time in her illustrious career. A CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection in 2018, Berry was both an All-Landmark Conference First Team and USC All-Region Third Team pick in 2018, as well. In net, Berry allowed just nine goals in over 1,600 minutes of game action, making 67 total saves in her senior season.
Licari, who has a 3.94 GPA as a Biology and Philosophy double major at the University, earns a spot on the USC Scholar All-Region Third Team after earning First Team accolades a season ago.
The 2018 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete for Women's Soccer, Licari earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team accolades in 2018, as well. On the pitch, Licari went on to nab both All-Landmark Second Team and USC All-Region Second Team accolades after scoring six goals, all of which were game-winners.
In 2018, the Royals finished the year ranked 25th by USC, earning a final season ranking for the first time since 2003. Finishing with a with a 16-2-3 overall mark, the Royals went unbeaten in Landmark Conference regular season play (7-0) for the fourth straight season.
Eventual Landmark runners-up, Scranton went on to earn an at-large selection into the NCAA Tournament, where they knocked off Arcadia (3-1) before bowing out to Christopher Newport in the Second Round (2-0).
For the full USC NCAA Division III Scholar All-Region and All-America teams, click here.