Record Setting: Five Women’s Soccer Players Nab United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region Honors

Record Setting: Five Women’s Soccer Players Nab United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region Honors
Rebecca Russo Colleen Berry Erica Licari
Erin Toburen Jamie Hreniuk  


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - History was made on Monday evening, as five members of The University of Scranton women's soccer team netted 2018 United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team honors. The five selections are the most in a season in program history for the Royals.

Pacing the selections for Scranton was junior defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who earned First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region Honors at her position.

The other four Royals to be named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team were Second Team selections - senior goalie Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), senior midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East), sophomore midfielder Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), and senior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell).

The five All-Mid-Atlantic Region honorees led the Royals to a banner 2018 season in which they finished with a 16-2-3 overall mark. Runners-up in the Landmark Conference, Scranton secured an at-large selection into the NCAA Tournament, where they captured a First Round match (3-1 over Arcadia). Scranton also began the year unbeaten in their first 15 matches, posting a 13-0-2 mark before dropping their first match of the year in late October.

Leading the way in the All-Mid-Atlantic Region selections was Russo, who led a stout Scranton defense all season long on her way to earning Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades, while also nabbing All-Landmark First Team honors. This is also the second straight season in which Russo has earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, earning Second Team accolades last year.

Russo led a defense that was incredible all season, as the Royals allowed just 10 goals the entire 2018 campaign, which was good enough for one of the best goals against average in the entire country at 0.46 (18th best nationally). She also chipped in offensively for the year, scoring three goals, while successfully converting a penalty shot.

Berry, meanwhile ended her final season in net for Scranton with a bang on her way to earning All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades. In all, Berry allowed just nine goals in over 1,600 minutes of game action, making 67 total saves. With eight shutouts, Berry ended the year with a 0.48 goals against average and an 82.2 save percentage, both of which rank in the Top 25 nationally.

Licari, meanwhile, earns Mid-Atlantic-Region Second Team honors for the second straight season. An All-Landmark Second Team pick, as well as the conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for 2018 in women's soccer, Licari scored six goals and added two assists for a point total of 14 for the year. Impressively, however, all six of Licari's goals were game-winners, which is the 24th highest mark in the category nationally.

Toburen, who was a First Team All-Landmark Conference pick, nabs All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the first time in 2018. Throughout the season, the defensive midfielder was a huge contributor on both ends, ending the season scoring a career-high six goals. That mark was tied for the second highest on the team by seasons end.

Rounding out the All-Mid-Atlantic Region picks for Scranton was Hreniuk, who for the third straight season nabbed an All-Region spot in her final season as a Royal. A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, Hreniuk once again led the Royals on the offensive end, scoring a team-high 11 goals, three of which were game-winners. Her 24 total points was also a team-best, as Hreniuk ended the year second in the Landmark Conference in both goals and total points.

For the full 2018 USC Division III Women's All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams, click here.