Five Royals Earn All-Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Honors; DePaolera, Howe, Sullivan Garner 1st-Team Recognition

Juniors Jilliana DePaolera (pictured) and Shannon Howe and sophomore Kerry Sullivan were named first-team all-Landmark Conference today.  Freshman Emily Goss and senior Kaela Mahon earned second-team honors.
Juniors Jilliana DePaolera (pictured) and Shannon Howe and sophomore Kerry Sullivan were named first-team all-Landmark Conference today. Freshman Emily Goss and senior Kaela Mahon earned second-team honors.
Jilliana DePaolera Shannon Howe
Kerry Sullivan Kaela Mahon
Emily Goss  

Five members of The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team were named all-Landmark Conference in a ballot conducted among the league’s head coaches, Joel Cookson, associate commissioner, announced today.

Headlining the Royal selections are first-team picks and juniors Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) and Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) and sophomore Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NY/Shore Regional).  Freshman Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and senior Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ/Saint Rose) picked up second-team honors.

DePaolera and Sullivan move up to the first team after garnering second-team honors a year ago.

DePaolera started all 18 games this past season and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 total points (36 goals and 17 assists).  She also led the Royals in game-winning and man-up goals with three apiece and in free-position goals with 10.  DePaolera enters her senior year in 2013 ranked in the top 20 in six University of Scranton all-time statistical categories:  she is eighth in assists (47) and draw controls (92), tied for eighth in total points (127),  14th in goals (80), 18th in shot attempts (176), and ground balls (96).

Sullivan, the 2011 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, led Scranton in scoring for the second consecutive season with 52 goals and 10 assists for 62 total points.  She scored at least one goal in all 17 games she played in and had 15 multi-goal games, including a season-high 7-goal, 8-point effort in a 22-12 victory over New Paltz on March 28 in New Paltz, New York.  In this past Wednesday’s 14-11 loss to 13th-ranked Catholic University in a Landmark Conference semifinal game in Washington, DC, Sullivan scored a game-high four goals.

Like DePaolera, Sullivan will enter the 2013 season ranked among the Royal all-time statistical leaders.  She is tied for ninth in goals (89), 12th in total points (113), tied for 13th in shot attempts (194), and 17th in assists (24) in Scranton history.

Howe moved over to the defensive side of the field this year and responded by leading the Royals in ground balls with 46 and finishing second in caused turnovers with 23.  She was a key component of a Scranton defensive unit that held eight opponents under 10 goals.  In addition, she moved into 20th place on the Royals’ all-time list with 34 caused turnovers.

Goss is one of six players on the Royal roster to start all 18 games this year.  She finished second on the team in goals with 43 and fourth in total points with 48.  She scored at least one goal in 17 games and had 12 multi-goal games, including a season-high of five in a 15-8 victory over King’s College on March 22 at Fitzpatrick Field and in a 22-12 win at New Paltz on March 28.  Goss also scored the game-winning goal against King’s and Wells College on April 12.

Mahon wrapped up a solid career this past season.  She started 17 games and finished fourth in assists (15) and fifth in goals scored (23) and total points (38).   She also scored at least one goal in 14 games and had six multi-goal games, including a season-high 4-goal, 2-assist, 6-total point effort in an 18-9 win over Cabrini College on March 31 at Fitzpatrick Field.

Mahon finished her career ranked in the top 20 in six Royal statistical categories.  She is 12th in shot attempts (199), tied for 12th in draw controls (59), 13th in goals (83), 14th in total points (111), 15th in assists (28), and 17th in caused turnovers (39).

The Royals finished the 2012 season with an 11-7 record—its first 11-win season since 2006—and advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament for the third time in the league’s five-year history under sixth-year head coach Becky Davis.

The 2012 all-Landmark Conference teams in the sport of women’s lacrosse are as follows:

1st Team
Pos-Name, School    Class    Hometown (High School)
G-Emily Stankaitis, Susquehanna    Jr.    Honeoye Falls, N.Y. (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
D-Shannon Howe, Scranton    Jr.    Pearl River, N.Y. (Pearl River)
D-Marra Landino, Susquehanna     Sr.    Brownsville, Vt. (Kimball Union Academy)
D-Meghan Murray, Catholic     Sr.    Ijamsville, Md. (Urbana)
M-Jilliana DePaolera, Scranton     Jr.    Kinnelon, N.J. (Kinnelon)
M-Emma Ehler, Susquehanna    So.    Chatham, N.J. (Chatham)
M-Lindsay Fry, Drew     Sr.    Mountain Lakes, N.J. (Morristown Beard)
M-Michelle McGinniss, Susquehanna     So.    Randolph, N.J. (Randolph)    
M-Mary Swarthout, Catholic     Sr.    Rockville, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
M-Mallory Vogel, Catholic    Sr.    Bel-Air, Md. (C. Milton Wright)
A-Aileen Musynske, Drew     Sr.    Floral Park, N.Y. (Floral Park Memorial)
A-Becca Smith, Goucher     Sr.    Leesburg, Va. (Heritage)
A-Kerry Sullivan, Scranton     So.    Oceanport, N.J. (Shore Regional)

2nd Team
Pos-Name, School    Class    Hometown (High School)
G-Tricia Pehnke, Catholic    Fr.    West Windsor, N.J. (W. Windsor Plainsboro North)
D-Erin Bradley, Goucher    Sr.    Framingham, Mass. (Marian)
D-Hannah Brown, Goucher    So.    Pinedale, Wyo. (Dun School-Calf.)
D-Jess Johnson, Drew    So.    Gilbertsville, Pa. (Boyertown Senior)
D-Sarah Lindell, Catholic    Sr.    Gibsonia, Pa. (Hampton Township)
M-Emily Goss, Scranton    Fr.    Morristown, N.J. (Morristown)
M-Hannah Khin, Goucher     Jr.    Portsmouth, N.H. (Portsmouth)
M-Annaeke Ossorio, Goucher    Fr.    Lafayette, Colo. (Kent Denver School)
M-Erin Reifsnyder, Goucher     So.    Austin, Texas (St. Andrews Episcopal)
M-Lyndsay Rossi, Drew    Sr.    Pennington, N.J. (Pennington School)
A-Lindsay Brophy, Catholic    Fr.    Haddonfield, N.J. (Haddonfield)
A-Kaela Mahon, Scranton    Sr.    Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. (Saint Rose)
A-Brynn Reid, Susquehanna    Fr.    West Grove, Pa. (Avon Grove)

Player of the Year: Mary Swarthout, Catholic
Rookie of the Year: Lindsay Brophy, Catholic
Coaching Staff of the Year (Head Coach): Susquehanna (Laura Moan)