Lucky Seven: Scranton Dominates Landmark Conference Women's Soccer All-Decade Team

Lucky Seven: Scranton Dominates Landmark Conference Women's Soccer All-Decade Team
Samantha
Russo 
Chelsea
Paskman
Sydney
Parker
Tina
Akalski
Jessica
Sciscione
Jasmine
Sconciafurno
Caitlin
Byrne

 

In the 10 years of the Landmark Conference, no women's soccer team has enjoyed the success that The University of Scranton has. The Royals have won four Landmark Conference championships, reached the postseason in all 10 years, and won 47 regular season conference games and counting.

On Thursday, Scranton's dominance was evident as seven Royals were chosen among the 15 players on the Landmark Conference All-Decade Team, which is part of the conference's year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Forward Samantha Russo (2010-13), midfielders Chelsea Paskman (2007-10), Sydney Parker (2009-12) and Tina Akalski (2013-16), defenders Jessica Sciscione (2009-2012) and Jasmine Sconciafurno (2012-2015), and goalkeeper Caitlin Byrne (2007-10) were each named to the team.

Samantha Russo

Russo, who is considered one of the top offensive players in program history, led the team in points in each of her four seasons. She 10th in Royals history in career goals (32), sixth in assists (23) and tied for ninth in points (87). Her 10 assists in 2010 are tied for seventh most in a single season in school history. Her 32 goals are also fifth-most in Landmark Conference history.

A four-time Landmark Conference first-team selection, Russo was named conference Rookie of the Year in 2010 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. She was also a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selection, earning first-team honors in 2011 and second-team honors in both 2010 and 2013.

Russo was also a part of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Landmark Conference championship teams.

Chelsea Paskman

Arguably the Royals' best player of the past decade, Paskman was a two-time NSCAA All-American, earning second-team accolades in 2009 and third-team in 2010. She was also a first-team all-region selection 2009 and 2010, and second-team in 2008. Like Russo, she was a four-time all-Landmark Conference first-team selection, and she was named Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Offensive Player of the year in both 2009 and 2010. She was also named the conference's Senior Scholar Athlete in 2010.

A standout on both ends of the field, Paskman is ranked ninth in Royals history in career assists with 21 and 18th in total points (55). Her 17 career goals are also just outside the program's top 20. Her 10 assists in 2008 are tied with Russo and two others for seventh in a single season in program history.

Paskman was a key part of the 2007 and 2010 Landmark Conference championship teams.

Sydney Parker

Like Paskman, Parker was a standout midfielder who contributed at both ends of the field. She was a NSCAA third-team all-region selection in 2010, and earned first-team all-Landmark Conference honors in 2010 and 2012, and was a second-team choice in 2009 and 2011.

Parker finished her career with 17 assists, tied for 14th-most in program history. She also had 12 goals to finish with 41 career points in 80 games played.

Parker was a key member on the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Landmark Conference championship teams.

Tina Akalski

Akalski, a senior on the current Royals squad, made the squad on the merits of her first three seasons due to an injury that has kept her out since midway through the third game of this season. In those three seasons, she was a three-time NSCAA all-region selection, earning second-team honors in 2013 and 2014, and third-team in 2015. She's a three-time all-Landmark Conference first-team choice and was the Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Akalski currently has 16 goals and six assists for 38 career points in 60 matches played. Six of those 16 goals have been game-winners. Her seven goals in 2013 helped the Royals earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tourhament.

Jessica Sciscione

Sciscione was a stalwart on a defensive unit that led the Royals to Landmark Conference championships in 2010, 2011, 2012. In her four seasons, the Royals allowed just 52 goals in 82 matches, an average of 0.63 per match. She also added two goals and three assists for seven career points.

Sciscione was a three-time first-team all-Landmark Conference selection, earning the honor in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Jasmine Sconciafurno

Despite standing just 4-foot-10, Sconciafurno was one of the best defenders in Landmark Conference history. She was an NSCAA second-team all-region selection in 2015, the same season she was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a first-team all-conference selection in 2014 and 2015, and a second-team choice in 2013. She was also the conference's Senior Scholar Athlete in 2015.

In Sconciafurno's four seasons, the Royals won 47 games and allowed just 58 goals in a total of 81 matches, an average of 0.72 goals per match.

Caitlin Byrne

Byrne is one of the top goalkeepers in Scranton women's soccer history, having posted 25 career shutouts, third-most in program history. Her career goals-against average of 0.85 is tied for fifth-best in school history, and she made 264 career saves, third-most among all Royals goalkeepers and fourth-most in Landmark Conference history.

Byrne's best season was arguably her senior season in 2010 when she posted a 0.59 goals-against average, tied for fourth-best in a single season in Royals history. She also had 12 shutouts, sixth-most in a single season, and allowed just 12 goals, tied for the fourth-least in a single season in Scranton history. Her 47 career victories are also second-most in conference history. 

An NSCAA third-team all-region selection in 2010, Byrne was also Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the year and a first-team all-conference choice that season. She also earned second-team all-conference honors in 2009.

Like Paskman, Byrne was a member of the 2007 and 2010 teams that won Landmark Conference championships.

Athletes who were named all-conference first team at least twice, and/or were named Landmark Player of the Year, were automatically eligible for Landmark Conference All-Decade Team consideration. Each institution also had the opportunity to nominate additional individuals for consideration. The All-Decade team was selected by the member institutions.

To see the complete Landmark Conference Women's Soccer All-Decade Team, visit .

--ROYALS--