TOWSON, Md. - The IWLCA has honored 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2019, with 12 Landmark players earning recognition.
These student-athletes are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American team. The IWLCA will celebrate the 2018 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Announcement Shows, which will be launched online in mid-June.
The University of Scranton's Kate Calabro, Jill Henson, and Becca Russo earned a spot on the First Team, while Halle Conklin (Scranton), Elena Gallo (Scranton), Emily Schum (Scranton), and Drew University's Allie DiDario earned Second Team honors.
For the season, Calabro scored 26 goals and added seven assists, while igniting the offense with 69 draw controls in 14 games played. She also scooped up 33 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers on the season, as well.
Henson, who had a banner sophomore season leading the Royals offense in 2019. In all, she tallied 82 total points (48 goals and 34 assists) and had 14 multiple goals games on the year, with her best effort coming in the Landmark Conference semifinal against Moravian, where she finished with eight total points (five goals and three assists).
The leader of one of the best defensive units in the country, Russo also earned a spot on the All-Boardwalk Region First Team for the second straight season and on an All-Region Team for the third consecutive year. On the season, Russo led the Landmark Conference in ground balls with 74 and was second in caused turnovers with 41. She also helped ignite the offense, ending the year with 79 draw controls, the seventh-best mark in the Landmark. For her efforts, Russo was named to the All-Landmark Conference First Team as a defender for the third straight season, as well.
Conklin bookends a banner freshman season with her All-Region Second Team selection, as she also earned All-Landmark Conference Second Team accolades earlier this month. Overall, she played in 18 games on the year, scoring 30 goals with 10 assists for a 40 point total in her rookie season. Meanwhile, on defense, Conklin caused 36 turnovers, and scooped up 47 ground balls, while kick-starting the offense with 66 draw controls, as well.
Gallo, meanwhile, ends her career at Scranton with another All-Region Second Team selection, as she earned the honor after her junior season, as well. An All-Landmark Conference First Team pick in 2019, Gallo scored 45 goals and added five assists for a 50 point total. For the year, Gallo scored multiple goals in 14 games doing so in the final eight games of the season for the Royals. With 163 career goals, Gallo ends her career fifth in program history in goals scored, while being eighth in total points with 185.
Schum, who was outstanding on the defensive end in her rookie season on her way to also earning All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades. Starting all 19 games the Royals played on the year, she posted 42 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. Schum's best game of the year came against Farmingdale State on Mar. 27, as she finished the game with seven ground balls and six caused turnovers.
DiDario made her mark as a tremendous two-way player for the Rangers once again this past season. Offensively, she finished third among the Rangers in goals (49), second in assists (24), and second in points (73). She has made just as much of an impact on the defensive side of the field and racked up 20 more caused turnovers (61) than any other player in the Landmark Conference. She also led the conference in draw controls (125) and finished second in ground balls (59). A two-time All-Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week selection, she provided one of the team's most exciting moments of the season when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Rangers defeated Kean University 10-9. Also this season, DiDario broke Drew career records for both caused turnovers and draw controls, figures that now stand at 148 and 290, respectively.
Catholic University landed four players on the Chesapeake All-Region Team. Erin Dugan, Jess Lyons, and Ally Criscuolo were named to the First Team while Alyssa Bishop earned Second Team honors.
Criscuolo received her first all-region selection after earning her first all-conference selection. The team's leading scorer, she totaled career highs in goals (51), assists (15), points (66), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (21). She finished second on the team in goals, third in caused turnovers and fourth in assists and ground balls. She totaled five goals, three assists and eight points, all career highs, while adding six ground balls and four caused turnovers in a 23-15 win at Moravian on March 30.
Dugan earned her third consecutive all-region selection after received her third-straight All-Landmark Conference First Team selection. One of six players to start all 22 games this season, she finished third on the team with 38 ground balls and 68 draw controls. She also totaled 12 caused turnovers. A four-time All-Landmark Conference selection, Dugan finished her career with 148 ground balls, 237 draw controls and 77 caused turnovers in 84 games while making 82 starts. She also totaled three goals and two assists.
Lyons received her second-straight all-region selection after being named to the second team a year ago. She started all 22 games and led the team with 56 goals, 66 points, 83 draw controls and 33 caused turnovers while ranking second with 48 ground balls. She scored at least one goal in 21 of the team's 22 games this season and in 25 of her final 26 dating back to 2018. A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, Lyons finished her career with 131 goals, 23 assists, 154 points, 135 ground balls, 194 draw controls and 79 caused turnovers in 83 games while making 60 starts.
Bishop also earned her second consecutive all-region selection. She started all 22 games on defense and finished second on the team with a career-high 26 caused turnovers while ranking fifth with 32 ground balls. She was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week on April 15 and had two ground balls and three caused turnovers in the team's 19-5 win over Albion in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. She also totaled four ground balls and four caused turnovers in the team's 16-13 win at No. 20 Scranton on April 13.
The IWLCA will celebrate the 2019 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Specials which will be aired on Lax Sports Network in mid-June.
Liz Bill of Moravian College earned Second Team honors.
Bill, who helped the Greyhounds to a program-record 12 wins this year with an overall mark of 12-6 and the Hounds' second straight trip to the Landmark Conference Semifinals, is the first player in school history to earn IWLCA All-Region Honors. Earlier this month, Bill was selected as the 2019 Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year while garnering a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive spring. Bill scored a school record 87 goals this season to go along with 12 assists for 99 points, and she also set a program record with 114 draw controls to go with 33 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Bill will begin her senior campaign with 245 points on 212 goals and 33 assists to go along with 166 draw controls and 97 ground balls.