Seven members of the Landmark Conference champion University of Scranton women's soccer team were named to the all-conference team on Wednesday, and the Royals also picked up three of the four major awards.
Senior Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) was named the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) earned co-Offensive Player of the Year honors, and head coach Colleen Pivirotto was named co-Coach of the Year.
Joining Warner and Hreniuk on the first team are senior defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy), senior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury). Sophomore forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) earned second-team honors.
Warner becomes the sixth Scranton player in the Landmark Conference's 10-year history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors. She has been a standout all season at both ends of the field, helping the Royals (17-1-1) post 14 shutouts and holding opponents to 0.53 goals per match. On the offensive end, she is one of the conference's most dangerous weapons on set pieces, scoring seven goals, which is tied for third on the team.
Hreniuk had a breakout season for the Royals, scoring 13 goals and adding three assists for a team-high 29 points. Her 13 goals are tied for second in the conference and her 29 points are alone in second. She scored four goals in Landmark Conference regular season play, then added one in each of the Royals' two playoff victories. Her offensive outburst comes on the heels of a freshman campaign in which she played in eight matches and did not record a point.
Pivirotto led Scranton to a perfect 7-0-0 mark in regular season conference play, and went on to guide the Royals to their fifth Landmark Conference title in her nine seasons as head coach. The team's 17 victories are tied for third-most in program history and the current 15-match winning streak is the team's longest since 2003. The 17 wins this season are also a career-high for Pivirotto, who now has career record of 117-44-9 in nine seasons. She was also named Coach of the Year in 2013 and she and her staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
Casey is a four-time all-conference selection and earned first-team honors for the third time, doing so after missing all of 2015 with an injury. She was a first-team choice in 2013 and 2014, and a second-team choice in 2012, and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. She returned this year to help anchor the defensive unit that has held opponents to just 9.2 shots per game and only 3.8 shots on goal per game. Her play at center back was a key reason the Royals allowed just 10 goals all season, including just three in nine total matches against conference foes.
Welsh picked up first-team accolades for the second straight season after going 15-1-1 with nine shutouts in goal. She has held opponents to a 0.60 goals-against average and has made 57 saves for a career-best 0.851 save percentage. Her goals-against average and save percentage led all Landmark Conference goalkeepers who played at least half of their team's minutes in goal.
Uricchio earned her first all-conference nod after moving into the starting lineup in the midfield at the start of the season. She has six goals and four assists for 16 points, which ranks tied for fourth on the team. Her four game-winning goals and 35 shots are both second on the team, and she had three goals and two assists against Landmark Conference foes.
Licari was also honored for the first time in her career despite missing the first three games of the season with an injury and coming off the bench in her first two games back. She is second on the team with 19 points, her seven goals are tied for third on the squad, and her five assists are third. She finished Landmark Conference play with four goals and an assist, including both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory in the regular season finale at Catholic.
Stevens was also chosen all-conference for the first time after moving into the lineup in the midfield and sparking the offense with deft distribution. She leads the team and the Landmark Conference with 10 assists and also had three goals for 16 points, which ranks her tied for fourth on the team with Uricchio. She had two goals and six assists in nine matches against Landmark foes, including an assist on the game-winning goal in the conference championship match.
Scranton won the conference championship with a 2-0 victory over Moravian on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Fitzpatrick Field. It marked the program's fifth Landmark title in 10 years and 21st conference championship overall.
The Royals will make their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday when they face Connecticut College in a first-round game at 1:30 p.m. at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
To see the complete 2016 All-Landmark Conference Women's Soccer team, visit www.landmarkconference.org.