Toburen and Russo First Team Picks as Six Royals Nab All-Landmark Conference Honors for Women’s Soccer

Toburen and Russo First Team Picks as Six Royals Nab All-Landmark Conference Honors for Women’s Soccer
Erin Toburen Rebecca Russo Mazie Stiles Grace Elliott Callie Deola Shae Guilfoyle

 

Junior midfielder Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) and senior defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) of The University of Scranton women's soccer team earned First Team selections at their respective positions to headline six total picks to the 2019 All-Landmark Conference women's soccer teams, which were announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Also making the All-Landmark Conference Second Team at their respective positions was junior forward Mazie Stiles ( Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus), sophomore forward Grace Elliott (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), sophomore midfielder Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South), and junior defender Shae Guilfoyle ( West Nyack, N.Y./Pearl River).

The six selections for Scranton were the most for any school in the conference, as well. For the full 2019 All-Landmark Conference teams, click here:

Headlining the All-Landmark Conference selections for the year is the duo of Toburen and Russo, both of whom are no strangers to All-Landmark selections in their careers.

Toburen, a 2018 All-Landmark Conference First Team pick, has started and played in 16 games on the year, scoring one goal. She's also helped a defensive unit that has been stellar all year, as the Royals have allowed just under one goal a contest in 19 matches (0.81 team goals-against average).

Russo, meanwhile, will end her stellar Scranton career with another selection to the All-Landmark Conference First Team, marking the third straight year she has nabbed the honor.

In 2019, not only has Russo led the defense but has pitched in on offense, scoring a career-best four goals and adding an assist. She also scored her second career game-winner on Sept. 28 vs. Catholic, as her tally in double overtime lifted the Royals to a 1-0 win. On defense, Russo has been the leader of a unit that has shutout eight opponents, including a 3-0 blanking of Susquehanna in the Landmark Conference title match on Saturday.

Stiles, meanwhile, had a breakout junior season for the Royals up top to earn All-Landmark Conference honors for the first time in her career. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Stiles is Scranton's offensive leader, scoring seven goals, while adding two assists for a season point total of 16. She also scored two game-winners and had a pair of two-goal games on the year, as well.

Joining Stiles in earning All-Landmark Second Team honors at forward is Elliott, who was a mainstay in the Royals starting line-up all season, starting all 19 games to date to nab All-Landmark honors for the first time. For the year, Elliott scored three goals and added three assists for a nine-point total, as all three of her goals came in Landmark Conference matches and were all game-winning tallies.

Another sophomore who broke out in 2019 was Deola, who has started 15 games in the Royals midfield and played in 17 total matches. Overall, she has scored three goals and added three assists, as well, scoring her first career game-winner in Scranton's 2-1 win at NYU on Sept. 18. Deola also assisted goals in both Landmark Conference playoff games for Scranton, too.

Rounding out the selections for Scranton was Guilfoyle, who started 16 times on defense to earn All-Landmark Conference honors for the first time.

The 2017 Landmark Co-Rookie of the Year, Guilfoyle was a part of a Royals defense that shutdown top-seeded Susquehanna in the Landmark title match on Saturday, as the unit did not just pitch a shutout, but held the River Hawks to no shots in the second half (two total for the game). She's also posted an assist on the year, and it was a big one, as it came on a goal that tied the Landmark semifinal match at Elizabethtown in the second half.

The six student-athletes have led Scranton to another Landmark Conference championship in 2019, the program's seventh overall and third in the last four seasons.

The Royals (11-5-3 overall) will now head into the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship this weekend, playing in the field for the fourth straight season overall. On Saturday, Scranton will take on 10th-ranked Centre in their opening round contest, which will be played at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Action gets underway at 1:30 p.m.

--ROYALS--