The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team will finish their 2019 season ranked nationally, as the Royals are 20th in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Top 25, which was released by the organization on Tuesday afternoon.
The Royals, who were mainstays in the IWLCA Top 25 most of the season, finishes the 2019 campaign in the top 25 for the first time and justifiably so, as Scranton went 16-3 overall, their best record in a season in program history. The Royals also finished runners-up in the Landmark Conference for the fourth straight year, as well.
Scranton, who's only three losses on the year were to teams that finished in the final Top 25 ranking in Ithaca and Catholic (twice), used an opportunistic offense and a strong defense to 16 victories for the year. In all, the Royals scored in double-figures in all but one game on the season, while allowing single digits goals 10 times throughout the course of the year.
Individually, Scranton had six players named to both the All-Landmark Conference and IWLCA All-Boardwalk Region teams. Earning first team honors on both teams was the trio of junior's Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), along with sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy).
Leading Scranton in the midfield all year was Calabro, who 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.
Meanwhile, Henson was the team's leader on offense, as 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).
And, leading the defense all year was Russo, who paced 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. Russo was also honored for her work in the classroom, nabbing CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team accolades, as well.
For the full final IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll of the 2019 season, click here.