KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- United Soccer Coaches announced on Monday the 2019 Scholar All-Region Teams for all levels of NCAA women's soccer.
Lydia Lawson is the first player in program history be named to the USC (formerly NSCAA) Women's Scholar All-Region First Team and only the fourth time an Elizabethtown women's soccer player has collected the accolade.
The Occupational Therapy major, Lawson completed her final season becoming the fifth All-American in program history. She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors; only the 37th time an Elizabethtown athlete has been acknowledged by the organization.
Lawson is the only First Team selection from the Landmark and the third overall as Rebecca Russo (Second Team) and Erin Toburen (Third Team) were both selected from Scranton. She joins Laura Wingert (2011, 2012), Jess Manchak (2012) and Lauren Berry (2014) as the only selections from the Elizabethtown women's soccer program.
Lawson earned Offensive Player of the Tear honors within the Landmark for the third straight year. The senior finished her final season on a high note, scoring a league-leading 22 goals and 49 points, and set multiple Landmark records. Lawson finishes her impressive career as the Landmark career record holder in goals (62) and points (137). She is also the season record holder in conference matches with 11 goals and 24 points.
Rebecca Russo, who boasts a 3.89 GPA as a Nursing major at The University of Scranton, earned a spot on the USC Scholar All-East Region Second Team, marking the second straight season in which she has earned a selection to the team (she was a First Team All-Region and All-American pick a season ago).
The selection for Russo bookends an incredible run of postseason accolades for the defender. A 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection, Russo was also the 2019 Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for women's soccer.
A 2019 All-Landmark Conference First Team selection, Russo helped the Royals blank nine opponents throughout the course of the season, as she also scored four goals and added an assist on the offensive end throughout the year, as well.
Erin Toburen, meanwhile, nabbed a spot on the USC Scholar All-East Region Third Team, earning the honor for the first time in her career after sporting a 3.98 GPA as a Nursing major at Scranton.
On the field in 2019, Toburen went on to earn All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades after pacing the midfield for the Royals. Scoring a goal on the year, Toburen also helped the Royals defensive unit allow just under a goal a game for the year (0.85), as she started 18 matches on the year for Scranton.
The duo led Scranton to an 11-5-5 overall mark on the year, as Scranton won the Landmark Conference title for the third time in four seasons with victories over Elizabethtown (3-2) and Susquehanna (3-0) in the postseason to avenge a pair of losses in the regular season. In the NCAA Tournament, Scranton once again advanced to the Second Round after getting past previously undefeated Centre on PK's in the First Round (5-4).