Courtesy of Elizabethtown, Moravian, and Scranton Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Md. - The University of Scranton's Makenzie Mason headlines the D3hoops.com All-Region team, earning First Team honors as well as being named Player of the Year. Elizabethtown College's Lydia Lawson and Moravian College's Maddie Capuano were named to the Second Team.
A First Team guard for second straight season, Lawson was at her best for the Blue Jays in 2018-19. The junior point guard averaged career-highs in multiple categories and was a Landmark leader in several as well. Over the 26-game season in which she started every one, Lawson averaged 16.3 points per game, second-highest in the conference. While Lawson's scoring output was an important factor on a nightly basis for Elizabethtown, she also did her job as the point guard in getting the ball to others and setting them up for points, too. Lawson's 5.3 assists per game were the highest in the Landmark and the only player over 5.0. She totaled 146 on the season.
Capuano was one of three team's captains that helped guide the Greyhounds to a 16-10 overall record this season and an 8-6 mark in Landmark Conference action as the Greyhounds earned the four seed in the 2019 Landmark Conference Tournament, the Hounds' 18th straight and 29th overall postseason appearance under the guidance of Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk. Capuano, who was selected to the Landmark All-Conference First Team for a second straight winter, led the Moravian in scoring at 20.7 points per game, and her 539 points in 2018-19 were the seventh most in a single season in school history. Capuano also topped the Greyhounds with 67 assists and 65 three-pointers to go with 30 steals. Capuano heads to her senior season 12th school history with 1,247 points and tied for fourth with 166 career three-pointers.
Mason, the 2018-19 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, becomes the third Lady Royal to win the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year award in the last four years and is the second straight selection for the program, as senior Bridgette Mann captured the award last year. Sarah Payonk was the recipient of the award after the 2015-16 season. For Mason, who was a D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team selection last year, the honor from D3hoops.com continues an incredible season for both the junior guard and the Lady Royals, who advanced to the upcoming Final Four in Salem, Va. with a 44-40 win over Tufts on Saturday in a the Quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in the Long Center.
On the year, Mason is averaging 13.9 points a game and 7.6 rebounds a contest, leading the Lady Royals in both categories. Starting in all 31 games at guard for Scranton, Mason has gone into double-figures in the scoring column 25 times throughout the course of the year, putting together her best game against Moravian in the Landmark Conference Semifinals on Feb. 21, where she poured in a career-high 29 points in a Scranton win.
Scranton, who is now 29-2 on the year, take on top-ranked Thomas More in the National Semifinals on Friday evening in Salem. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College.
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