The University of Scranton was well-represented on the Landmark Conference's women's lacrosse year-end awards which were released by the conference office on Thursday afternoon. Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was named the league's Rookie of the Year, head coach Cindy Wilson was chosen as the conference's Coach of the Year, and six players earned All-Conference recognition.
Calabro, Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), and Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) were all named First Team All-Conference while Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) claimed Second Team All-Conference accolades.
Calabro became just the second player in Scranton history to earn Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year honors and was also a First Team All-Conference honoree after an outstanding debut season for the Royals. The sophomore midfielder ranked third on the team in scoring during the regular season with 49 points on 22 goals and a team-leading 27 assists. She also paced Scranton with 101 draw controls and tied for the team-lead with 28 caused turnovers while picking up 34 ground balls.
Gallo captured First Team All-Conference accolades after leading the Royals in scoring with 62 points on 54 goals and eight assists during the regular season. The junior attack surpassed the 100-point and 100-goal plateaus for her career this spring while leading the squad with 13 free-position goals. Gallo also totaled 17 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers, and 1 draw control during the regular season.
Olert was named First Team All-Conference as a midfielder after a strong junior campaign for the Royals. She recorded 27 points during the regular season by netting 20 goals and dishing out seven assists. Olert, who converted 11-of-16 free-position shots this spring, also contributed 22 draw controls, 20 ground balls, and eight caused turnovers.
Russo earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second straight year as a defender. The sophomore, who was a Second Team IWLCA/US Lacrosse Metro/Boardwalk All-Region selection last spring, led Scranton with 44 ground ball pickups during the regular season while tying for the team-lead in caused turnovers with 28. She also collected 36 draw controls and scored one goal in 17 games this spring.
Henson garnered Second Team All-Conference laurels after a strong rookie season. The freshman attack ranked second on the Royals' scoring chart with 50 points on 34 goals and 16 assists. Henson also scooped up 22 ground balls, totaled 16 caused turnovers, and added two draw controls during the regular season.
Angelo collected All-Conference accolades for the third time in her career, earning Second Team accolades for the second year in a row. The senior midfielder, who was also a First Team All-Conference selection as a freshman, recorded 19 points on 18 goals and one assists during the regular season. Scranton's all-time leader in draw controls, Angelo added to that total this spring with 62 draw controls in 2018 to bring her career total to 347. She also picked up 22 ground balls and added seven caused turnovers during the regular season.
Wilson was named the Landmark Coach of the Year for the second-time in her seven years at Scranton after leading the Royals to the #2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs. Wilson, who was the league's Co-Coach of the Year in 2013, guided Scranton to 11 wins during the regular season which tied the most in program history since the 2005 team went 12-5. Scranton's 6-1 mark in Landmark Conference play this spring was also the best league mark in program history in the Royals'10 years in the Landmark Conference.
Scranton will play for the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday at top-seed and 15th ranked Catholic after the Royals defeated Moravian 17-10 in a semifinal contest on Wednesday night. The Royals are making their third straight trip to conference title game.
To see a complete list of the 2018 All-Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Teams, click here.