PHILADELPHIA - Penn softball was well represented on the All-Ivy squad as the team earned three first-team (Alexis Borden, Elysse Gorney and Brooke Coloma), three second-team (Samantha Erosa, Karina Rios and Sydney Turchin), and two honorable mention (Kayla Dahlerbruch and Jessica Melendez) All-Ivies, plus the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Borden. This marks just the third time in program history that Penn has had eight or more players represented on the All-Ivy Squad. The 2007 season was the only other time in program history that the Quakers had six players receive first or second-team recognition.
Borden was a unanimous selection to the first-team and became the third player in Penn history to earn Rookie of the Year honors. She was the only freshman to earn first-team honors. She led the Ivy League in wins (24), appearances (34), games started (27), complete games (25), and innings pitched (196.2). She was also second in ERA (1.46), shutouts (7), and strikeouts (193). In her first year, she broke Penn's single season record for both wins and strikeouts and pitched the first recorded perfect game in team history. She was the pitcher of record in 12 of Penn's 15 regular season Ivy victories and topped that off with the Perfect Game in the one-game playoff. She received an Ivy weekly award five times during the 10-week period, earning Rookie of the Week honors four times to go along with one Pitcher of the Week accolade.
An honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a freshman, Gorney was named a first-team honoree in her sophomore season as a utility player. She played in all but one game this season, splitting her 46 starts between being the catcher and designated player. Batting in the second position, Gorney finished third in the league in stolen bases with 11 and was fourth in runs scored with 29. She finished the year with 47 hits (.309 avg.), the seventh-most in the league. Her hit and run totals both ranked in the top-10 for a single season at Penn, while her 11 steals were the fifth-most in team history for one season. She already ranks 14th all-time at Penn in runs scored and fifth in stolen bases.
A junior, Coloma was named first-team All-Ivy after earning honorable mention accolades in her first two seasons at Penn. She started all but two games for the Quakers this season, playing in all but one. She finished second in the league with a team-high 34 RBI and led the league with three sacrifice flies. Coloma really made her impact felt during the Ivy portion of the schedule where she drove in a league-best 20 runs and hit five of her six home runs. She batted .328 with a .603 slugging percentage during Ivy competition and also led the team with 18 runs scored in those games. Her RBI total was the fourth-most in a single season at Penn and she ranks fourth on the all-time list with one season to play.
Erosa, a team captain this season, was named second-team All-Ivy for the first time in her career. Making 45 starts this season, she was one of four Penn players to score at least 20 runs and batted .302 with a .393 on-base percentage, the second-highest on the team. Where Erosa really made her impact felt impact felt was in Ivy League games when she batted .345 with five extra-base hits. She also scored 10 runs and drove in eight during that span. In the field, she finished with a .957 fielding percentage during the league schedule with a team-high 34 assists.
In just her first season at Penn, Rios was named a second-team All-Ivy performer as a utility player. Despite sharing time in the lineup, Rios finished with a .323 average in her 41 games this season, making 31 starts. She led the team with a .500 slugging percentage, including nine doubles. Like Erosa, Rios played her best when the stakes were the highest, batting a team-best .350 during Ivy League games with a .650 slugging percentage. She finished with seven extra-base hits in the Ivies, including her first two career home runs.
Turchin came into the spring swinging a hot bat and never looked back as she led the team in batting average (.329), runs (39), hits (52), walks (22), on-base percentage (.414), and steals (12). She was the only player to play in all 50 games, making 49 starts. She led the Ivies in runs and finished second in walks and stolen bases. All three of those totals were the third-best marks for a single season at Penn. Her on-base percentage was the fifth-best in the Ivies, while her batting average was the eighth-best this past season. She also recorded three outfield assists in 2012. Borden, Rios and Turchin were three of just four freshmen in the league to be named first or second-team All-Ivy in their first collegiate season.
Dahlerbruch earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors at third base. She started all but one game for Penn this season and finished second on the team in home runs (6), RBI (29), and walks (21). She tied for the league lead in sacrifice flies and was third in both walks and RBI. Her .479 slugging percentage and .392 on-base percentage were both among the top-10 in the league. In Ivy play, the sophomore batted .344 with seven extra-base hits, including two home runs, driving in 12 runs.
A junior, Melendez also earned honorable mention accolades for the first time in her collegiate career. She finished fourth in the league with 27 RBI and a team-high eight home runs. Her home run total was the fourth-most in a single season at Penn. She did most of her damage during the Ivy League schedule when she drove in 18 runs and belted six of her home runs during that 20 game span. She finished with a .576 slugging percentage in Ivy play, including a team-best 38 total bases.
As a team, Penn finished the season with a program-best 33 wins this past season. The Quakers also won a program record 15 Ivy League games during the regular season, plus the one-game playoff with Cornell to advance to the Ivy League Championship for the second time program history.
Below is a complete listing of the All-Ivy teams.
Co-Players of the Year
Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)
Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego, Calif.)*
Rookie of the Year
Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)
First Team All-Ivy
P - Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego, Calif.)*
P - Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)*
C - Kristen Towne, Cornell (Jr., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B - Kate Strobel, Brown (Sr., Denver, Colo.)
2B - Jennifer Ong, Yale (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.)
3B - Kasey Lange, Harvard (So., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS - Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)
OF - Ashley Heritage, Harvard (Jr., College Station, Texas)
OF - Lauren Bucolo, Cornell (So., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF - Brooke Coloma, Penn (Jr., Martinez, Calif.)
U - Elysse Gorney, Penn (So., Orlando, Fla.)
DP - Tristin Moone, Columbia (So., Waterflow, N.M.)
Second Team (13)^
P - Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (So., Slidell, La.)
P - Alyson Onyon, Cornell (So., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
C - Allison Scott, Harvard (So., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2B - Jenny Edwards, Cornell (So., Morton Grove, Ill.)
2B - Samantha Erosa, Penn (Jr., Bronx, N.Y.)
3B - Christy Nelson, Yale (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF - Shelbi Olson, Harvard (So., Lenexa, Kan.)
OF - Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Jr., Humble, Texas)
OF - Sydney Turchin, Penn (Fr., Princeton Junction, N.J.)
U - Karina Rios, Penn (Fr., Cooper City, Fla.)
DP - Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
Honorable Mention (12)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (Jr., Fullerton, Calif.)
P - Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Fr., Katy, Texas)
C - Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Fr., Bellaire, Texas)
1B - Kat Hicks, Dartmouth (Sr., Templeton, Calif.)
2B - Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Fr., Parkland, Fla.)
3B - Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (So., West Hills, Calif.)
SS - Meg Johnson, Yale (Sr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (So., Valencia, Calif.)
OF - Jessica Melendez, Penn (Jr., Miami, Fla.)
OF - Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Fr., Aiea, Hawai'i)
OF - Avery Silverstein, Brown (Jr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
DP - Cara Worden, Princeton (Fr., Santa Ana, Calif.)
* - denotes unanimous selection
^ - team expanded to 13 due to a tie in voting