It's been quite a week for sophomore defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) of The University of Scranton women's soccer team. It got even better on Thursday when she was named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Russo earned the distinction in District 4, which encompasses all NCAA Division III institutions in Pennsylvania. She is now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced on December 5. The Academic All-American program honors students who excel in the classroom and in their sport.
Earlier today, Russo was named to the All-Landmark Conference First Team, marking the first time in her career she has earned all-conference honors. And last Saturday, she was named the Landmark Conference championship MVP after scoring the game-winning goal while leading the Royals to their second straight title.
Russo moved to starting center back after playing outside back last season and promptly led a Royals defense that posted 13 shutouts this season while allowing 0.65 goals per game. She was an integral part in Scranton's perfect 9-0-0 record against Landmark Conference opponents, and the defense allowed just two goals in those nine matches.
The goal in the Landmark Conference championship was the second of the season for Russo, who has developed into an offensive threat on corner kicks and set pieces.
In the classroom, Russo is a nursing major with a 3.96 grade-point average. She is expected to be named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll when it is announced tomorrow.
To view the complete CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams, click here.