Sophomore midfielder Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) of The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team excelled all around the field last week to lead the Royals to a pair of wins. For her efforts, she has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
Russo totaled eight ground balls, four caused turnovers, four draw controls, and scored a goal as the Royals posted wins over Cabrini and Juniata. Her efforts on the defensive end helped Scranton yield just nine goals in the two contests including the team's first shutout since 2003.
In an 18-9 victory over Cabrini on Tuesday, Russo shined by picking up a game-high five ground balls while leading the Royals with three caused turnovers. She also collected a trio of draw controls and scored her first collegiate goal six and a half minutes into the contest to help spearhead a 7-1 run by Scranton to open the game.
Russo went on to pick up three ground balls in a 20-0 win over Juniata on Saturday while adding one caused turnover and one draw control in the win over the Eagles.
For the season, Russo has totaled 44 ground balls, 36 draw controls, and 28 caused turnovers. She currently leads the Royals in ground balls and is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers while ranking tied for sixth in the Landmark Conference in caused turnovers and seventh in groundballs.
Russo and the Royals, who earned the #2 seed in this spring's Landmark Conference playoffs, will host third-seeded Moravian in a semifinal matchup on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.