Four Named to 2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Teams

Four Named to 2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Teams
Dan D'Agostini Brian Harkins Becca Russo Lauren Byrne


Four University of Scranton student-athletes from four different teams - senior's Dan D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) of wrestling and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) of men's tennis, along with junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) of women's lacrosse and sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) of women's swimming & diving - were named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's NCAA Division III At-Large First Teams, selected by CoSIDA.

For three of Scranton's student-athletes - D'Agostini, Harkins, and Byrne - this marks the first time they have been honored in their careers by CoSIDA. Russo, meanwhile, has been honored by the organization in women's soccer, nabbing Academic All-District accolades in each of the last two seasons.

D'Agostini, who was also an NWCA Scholar All-American, finished off an incredible career at Scranton in March with a record-setting senior campaign.

In 2018-19, D'Agostini became the first Scranton wrestler to qualify for the NCAA National Championships since 2007 after finishing runner-up at 197 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.

D'Agostini also broke a two-decade-old school record for wins in a season by going 39-5 on the season with seven pins, seven technical falls, and seven major decisions. He finished his career with a 108-31 overall record to rank third in program history for career victories while totaling 20 points An electrical engineering major, D'Agostini boasts a 3.74 cumulative grade point average.

Harkins, meanwhile, made some history of his own in his senior campaign, etching his name into the Scranton record books for men's tennis after finishing off a great career in singles play.

Winning the final 13 matches of his career at singles, Harkins went on to post an 18-1 overall mark and a 7-0 ledger in the Landmark Conference. With that performance, Harkins ended his career at Scranton with 57 career singles victories, tied for the most all-time. In doubles play, he was just as good, winning 36 times in his career and going 15-5 in his senior campaign.

For his efforts, Harkins was named to the All-Landmark Conference Second Team in both singles and doubles this past season. In the classroom, Harkins has tabulated a 3.8 GPA as an accounting major, with a minor in criminology.

Russo, meanwhile, led a women's lacrosse defensive unit that was strong all season long, as the Royals recorded their best record in program history, going 16-3 and finishing 18th in the final IWLCA Division III Top 25 before the NCAA Tournament.

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. In the classroom, Russo boasts a 3.89 GPA as a Nursing major at The University of Scranton.

Byrne, meanwhile, put together a historic season in the pool for the Royals in 2018-19, finishing off her season with a banner performance at the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships in February.

There, Byrne was named the Landmark's Women's Swimmer of the Year, as she captured three individual Landmark titles and swam anchor on a victorious relay team. By taking the Landmark's Swimmer of the Year award, Byrne became just the second Royals women's swimmer to take the honor in program history.

Byrne swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:36.67, breaking the Landmark and meet record, before logging an NCAA B cut and the Landmark record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.41). She collected her second NCAA B cut and a conference record of the championships in the 100-yard breaststroke and swimming 1:04.51. In the 200 yard backstroke, Byrne earned another trip to the podium after touching the wall in 2:06.70.

In the classroom, Byrne has been just as impressive, collecting a 3.82 GPA in her first two years at Scranton as an Exercise Science major.

For the full list of 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® M/W At-Large Teams, click here.