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Four Named to Google Could Academic All-District Team

Four Named to Google Could Academic All-District Team

TOWSON, Md. - The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women’s Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Lydia Lawson of Elizabethtown College, along with Erica Licari, Rebecca Russo, and Colleen Berry all earned First Team honors.

Full Division III All-District Honorees

Lawson terrorized teams to the tune of 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points this season. All three categories were career-highs for the Mountain Top, Pa. native, who also plays point guard for the women's basketball team in the winter. Her goal and point totals ranked first among her conference peers.

In conference games alone, Lawson tallied eight goals in seven games and had two assists. The eight goals tied a conference-only record, as did her 18 points. She set a new Landmark record with 37 shots against league opponents.

With at least a point in 12 of Elizabethtown's 16 games, Lawson's 39 points tied for the sixth-most in a single season by an E-town player. The 16 goals were also tied for the sixth-most in one season. She bumped up her career totals to 40 goals and eight assists that equal 88 points. She now ranks tied for fourth all-time in goals and seventh in program history in points. Her 40 goals are the third-most scored by a Landmark Conference player while her 88 points rank fourth all-time in the league's career statistical leaders. Currently, Lawson would finish with the highest goals per game (.85 - 40g in 47 games) and points per game (1.87 - 88 in 47 games) averages ever recorded in the conference.

Lawson carries a 3.86 grade point average as an Occupational Therapy major.

A day after being named First Team All-Landmark Conference for the second year in a row, Berry is enjoying an outstanding senior campaign in Scranton's net, posting a Landmark Conference-best 0.32 goals against average, the 15th best mark among NCAA Division III netminders. Her .909 save percentage is 12th-best in the country and she has also posted eight solo shutouts on the fall.

A two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll award recipient, Berry was named a Second Team All-American by d3soccer.com last fall. The exercise science major boasts in impressive 3.69 cumulative grade point average.

Licari followed up her third straight All-Landmark Conference award, a Second Team nod, with today's CoSIDA Academic All-District Team selection. The senior midfielder, who was a United Soccer Coaches (USC) Third Team All-American and First Team All-Region pick last fall, is enjoying another strong season for the Royals.  She has scored six goals, all of which have been game-winners, to rank second on the team in goals while leading the Landmark Conference and sitting 15th in the country in game-winning tallies. Licari has also dished out two assists to total 14 points.

Licari is no stranger to major academic awards as she was also USC Scholar All-American Third Team selection last fall after garnering USC Scholar All-Region First Team recognition. A two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll award recipient, she sports an outstanding 3.94 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Biology and Philosophy. 

Russo's selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team adds another impressive award to rapidly growing list of accolades for the junior defender, who was named the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday while picking up her second straight First Team All-Conference selection.  The center back as led a formidable Scranton defense that has limited opponents to just six goals in 18 games this fall for a 0.325 goals per game average, the 12th best mark in the all of NCAA Division III.  She has also scored three goals while helping the Royals post 12 shutouts on the year.

A Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection last fall, Russo has achieved a remarkable 3.96 grade point average while majoring in nursing.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if necessary) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

For more information about CoSIDA’s Google Cloud Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com or the Academic All-America® home page on CoSIDA.com.