Senior Spotlight: 2020 Women’s Lacrosse

The 2020 University of Scranton women's lacrosse seniors helped the Royals win 41 games in four years and to berths to three straight Landmark Conference championship games.
The 2020 University of Scranton women's lacrosse seniors helped the Royals win 41 games in four years and to berths to three straight Landmark Conference championship games.

SCRANTON - With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the suspension of our spring seasons, The University of Scranton department of athletics would like to thank each senior class for their dedication to their sport this year, and the last four years with a virtual senior day.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

The six Royal women's lacrosse seniors took the program to new heights throughout their time on-campus. In all, the group led Scranton to 41 victories over three-plus seasons, along with berths into not only three Landmark Conference playoffs, but three straight Landmark championship matches. The group ignited Scranton on a historic 2019 campaign, as they finished with a program-best 16-3 record and finished ranked nationally for the first time in history (20th).


Julia Cook (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) - Attack
Major - Business Administration

Honors/Awards - Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019)

Athletic Highlights - After sitting out her freshman season, she appeared in four games her sophomore year and three last year, tallying a pair of assists during her sophomore campaign. In 2020, she appeared off the bench in two contests.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Playing Misericordia this year and everyone having a chance to play on the field and contribute. It was a total team effort where everyone was positive and hustling. I love how this team is a family and we do anything for each other!"

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "Participating in the University's International Service Program. My specific trip was to the Dominican Republic with the Catholic Social Immersion Program. I loved every minute of it because while I was providing service to others, they touched my life even more with love!"


Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) - Goalie
Major - Exercise Science

Honors/Awards - All-Landmark Second Team (2017) ... Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week (April 9, 2018) … University of Scranton Athlete of the Week (Apr. 8, 2019) … Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019).

Athletic Highlights - Logged over 2,200 minutes in goal over her career, playing in 53 games, while starting 38 times … Made 331 career saves and won 25 of the 38 starts she made throughout her time at Scranton … Career 47.1 save percentage, along with 10.08 goals-against average … Ranks second in program history in goals-against average, fourth in career saves, fifth in saves per game and save percentage.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Beating Haverford my junior year and celebrating with the whole team on the field. For me, it was the game that set the stage for our whole season."

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "My ISP trip to Jamaica and my study abroad trip to Rome."


Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) - Defender
Major - Nursing

Honors/Awards - IWLCA Second Team All-American (2019) … IWLCA All-Boardwalk Region First Team (2018, 2019) … IWLCA/US Lacrosse Metro/Boardwalk All-Region Second Team (2017) … All-Landmark Conference First Team (2017, 2018, 2019) … CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (2019) … Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week (Feb. 18, 2019, Apr. 22, 2019) … University of Scranton Athlete of the Week (April 30, 2018) … Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019).

Athletic Highlights - One of the most decorated players in program history … In 2019, became just the second student-athlete in program history to earn All-American honors and the first in 16 years … A three-time All-Landmark First Team pick, she started 58 of the 59 games she played in throughout her career … Gobbled up 191 career ground balls, collected 185 draw controls, and caused 97 turnovers … Also scored a goal and added five assists, as well … Ranks second in program history in career draw control, third in caused turnovers and fifth in ground balls.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "This is a tough one. There are so many memories to pick from but my favorite athletic memory at The University of Scranton would either be our Haverford game last year or our team spring break trip to Virginia Beach last year."

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "My favorite memory over the four years outside of the playing field at The University of Scranton would definitely be just spending time with teammates, whether that was going to dinner on the third floor DeNaples and spending hours there for no reason or simply sitting outside with each other when the weather finally started to warm up during the spring. I think now more than ever I am extremely appreciative of those moments and memories!"


Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) - Midfield
Major - Nursing

Honors/Awards - Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019)

Athletic Highlights - A standby in the line-up throughout her career, starting 37 times at her position … In 56 career games, she scored 82 career goals and added 28 assists for 110 career points … Scored 27 free position goals, firing 193 total career shots .. Also collected 61 career ground balls, 36 draw controls and caused 34 turnovers … Career point total and goal total are the 23rd highest marks in program history, while her shot total is 21st best, all-time.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "When we beat Haverford at home my junior year. It was a big game and our first close game win on Weiss!"

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "Participating in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Along with the nursing faculty and 8 other nursing students, we traveled with a group of healthcare providers and set up ambulatory medical clinics to provide medical care to Dominican and Haitian residents. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience!"


Siobhan Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) - Midfield
Major - Nursing

Honors/Awards - Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019)

Athletic Highlights - Played in 39 career games, starting twice … Scored four career goals, while recording 11 career ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and four draw controls … Took 13 career shots for her career, nine of which were on goal.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Traveling with the team to Virginia Beach my junior year for spring break. We got to spend the entire week playing lacrosse and enjoying the beach together."

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "The experience I have gained through being a nursing student. Getting to do my pediatric clinical rotation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was an amazing experience. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to explore many clinical areas with nursing professors that truly helped me learn, grow and prepare me for my future."


Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) - Midfield
Major - Nursing

Honors/Awards - IWLCA All-Boardwalk Region First Team (2018, 2019), Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year (2018), All-Landmark Conference First Team (2018, 2019), Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week (Mar. 26, 2018), Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019)

Athletic Highlights - Started 33 of the 36 games she appeared in over three-plus seasons on her way to a dazzling career … Did a little bit of everything for Scranton, scoring 56 career goals, while dishing out 40 assists for 97 career points … One of the best players in program history on draw controls, collecting 188 during her short career, the second-highest mark in program history … Also posted 77 career ground balls and 63 caused turnovers … Ranks 11th in program history in caused turnovers and 15th in assists … Two-Time All-Landmark Conference and All-Region selection.

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Our game last year on April 2nd at Rowan. We really wanted to win this game and show other teams that we were a force to be reckoned with. We ended up winning the close and competitive game 11-10. It was one of the best comebacks of the season, besides the one at Drew. This is a game in my college career that I will never forget."

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "Traveling outside the country. I went to Florence, Italy for an Italian class in the summer of 2018. I then went to Dublin, Ireland for a nursing class in the winter of 2020. Both of these places that I traveled to were gorgeous! Trips of a lifetime that I will never forget!"


From Head Coach Chrissy Trescavage:
"We have tremendous love and admiration for our senior class. Their work ethic and dedication have greatly advanced our program. They've guided our underclassman and provided tremendous leadership. Collectively, they are smart, selfless and extremely compassionate. To say we'll miss them is a huge understatement. As a coach, I am thankful every day for the opportunity to learn from them and that our lacrosse journeys came together. We wish them love and confidence in the future."

Fans are reminded to continue to follow University of Scranton Athletics on social media on both Instagram and Twitter @RoyalAthletics.

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