On the heels of winning a second straight Landmark Conference title, The University of Scranton women's soccer team had five players honored when the All-Landmark Conference awards were announced this afternoon.
Freshman Shae Guilfoyle (West Nyack, N.Y./Pearl River) took home the biggest honor after being named Co-Rookie of the Year while four Royals made first-team all-conference – junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), junior midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East), sophomore defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood).
All five players were instrumental in the Royals capturing the Landmark Conference title last week with a 2-0 win over Susquehanna in the title game at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday. On the season, they have helped Scranton go 14-3-2 overall, including a perfect 9-0-0 against Landmark Conference opponents. They will lead Scranton into an NCAA Tournament first-round match against Rowan on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.
Guilfoyle was an important addition to the Royals' backline that saw only one starter return to the same position as last season. Playing left outside back, she helped Scranton post 13 shutouts, which is tied for sixth-most in a single season in team history. Her play was a big reason the Royals allowed just 0.65 goals per game.
Hreniuk was named first-team all-conference for the second straight year after leading the Royals with 12 goals, the second straight season she has been the team's top scorer. Five of her goals came against Landmark Conference opponents, including the insurance goal in the conference championship match. She took 48 shots, 29 of which were on goal.
Licari, who was a second-team choice last season, has six goals and four assists for 16 points on the season. She has recorded at least one point in eight matches, including a career-high five points (two goals, one assist) in a 4-0 win at Drew on Oct. 11. Against Landmark foes, she had five goals and two assists, including a goal in a 3-0 win over Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Nov. 1.
Russo earned all-conference honors for the first time after moving from right outside back to center back this season and helped anchor that dominant defense that allowed just two goals in nine matches against Landmark Conference opponents. She also had a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the Landmark Conference championship, helping her earn MVP honors.
Berry also earned all-conference honors for the first time after taking over the starting goalkeeper duties in the preseason and posted 12 shutouts and a .867 save percentage, which leads the Landmark Conference and ranks 32nd in the nation. She has a 0.691 goals-against average and had a scoreless streak of 450 minutes at one point in the middle of the season. She has a record of 14-3-2 and has made 89 saves.
Guilfoyle becomes the third player to earn Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year honors in head coach Colleen Pivirotto's 10 seasons leading the Royals. She has now coached an impressive 28 all-conference selections.
To see the complete All-Landmark Conference Women's Soccer Team, visit www.landmarkconference.org.