Courtesy of Elizabethtown, Moravian, Scranton, and Susquehanna Athletic Communications
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Nine Landmark women's soccer players were named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team.
Earning First Team honors was Rebecca Russo, who led a stout Scranton defense all season long on her way to earning Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades, while also nabbing All-Landmark First Team honors. This is also the second straight season in which Russo has earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, earning Second Team accolades last year.
Russo led a defense that was incredible all season, as the Royals allowed just 10 goals the entire 2018 campaign, which was good enough for one of the best goals against average in the entire country at 0.46 (18th best nationally). She also chipped in offensively for the year, scoring three goals, while successfully converting a penalty shot.
Netting Second Team honors was Colleen Berry, who ended her final season in net for Scranton with a bang on her way to earning All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades. In all, Berry allowed just nine goals in over 1,600 minutes of game action, making 67 total saves. With eight shutouts, Berry ended the year with a 0.48 goals against average and an 82.2 save percentage, both of which rank in the Top 25 nationally.
Joining her was Erica Licari, Jamie Hreniuk, and Erin Toburen. An All-Landmark Second Team pick, as well as the conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for 2018 in women's soccer, Licari scored six goals and added two assists for a point total of 14 for the year. Impressively, however, all six of Licari's goals were game-winners, which is the 24th highest mark in the category nationally. Toburen, who was a First Team All-Landmark Conference pick, nabs All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the first time in 2018. Throughout the season, the defensive midfielder was a huge contributor on both ends, ending the season scoring a career-high six goals. That mark was tied for the second highest on the team by seasons end. Hreniuk, who for the third straight season nabbed an All-Region spot in her final season as a Royal. A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, Hreniuk once again led the Royals on the offensive end, scoring a team-high 11 goals, three of which were game-winners. Her 24 total points was also a team-best, as Hreniuk ended the year second in the Landmark Conference in both goals and total points.
Susquehanna's Marley Clendenin was named to the Second Team in her first season for the River Hawks. Clendenin established herself as an elite, reliable defender for Susquehanna, placing third on the team in minutes as part of a defensive group that allowed only 7 goals all season. Clendenin came up big in the Landmark Conference playoffs, scoring the final penalty kick in the championship game to clinch the conference title. Clendenin also earned First Team All-Landmark honors this season. She was joined by Katie Beluch, who earned Third Team honors. Beluch logged over 1300 minutes for the River Hawks, including 17 starts this season. Playing the role of Defensive Midfielder, Beluch was able to contain the best players in the Landmark Conference. Katie also earned First team All- Landmark honors this season.
Two-time Landmark Conference First Team, two-time Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and now Elizabethtown's Lydia Lawson has become a two-time United Soccer Coaches Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree. Lawson was named to the Third Team for a second consecutive year. Lawson, a junior, had a career-year up top for the Blue Jays with 16 goals and 7 assists for 39 points. She was the Landmark's leading goal scorer and point producer and ranked nationally in multiple offensive categories. She is the 16th player in women's soccer program history to be named all-region multiple times and the first since Kaceyanne Cerankowski in 2014 and 2015.
Moravian College senior forward Gabby Stelzmiller has been selected to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team. Stelzmiller, who earned All-Region honors for the second time in her career with a Third Team selection in 2016, is the 12th Greyhound to earn United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, and the program has had a total of 19 All-Region honorees. Stelzmiller helped the Greyhounds to a 9-5-2 overall mark in 2018 with the Hounds reaching the Landmark Conference Tournament for the third time in her four seasons. Stelzmiller, who was named to the Landmark All-Conference First Team for the second time in her career this fall, led Moravian in scoring this fall with 20 points on five goals and a career-high 10 assists. She also had one game-winning while taking 95 of the team's 125 corner kicks during the season. Stelzmiller finished her career with 16 goals and 18 assists for 50 career points, the 11th player in program history to reach the milestone, in 59 career matches.