Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League on Tuesday released its list of student-athletes for 2012-13 Academic All-Ivy honors in its fall sports. The 80 men and women – 10 of which are from Penn – were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team, with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.
Senior Joe Bonadies earned first-team All-Ivy accolades for the Penn football team and anchored an offensive line that featured two rushers among the top 10 in the Ivy League, including , who finished the season with three-straight 100-yard rushing performances. For the second straight season, Bonadies started all 10 games for the Quakers at right tackle, where he protected the blindside of starting quarterback .
Junior Olivia Chang enjoyed a stellar fall campaign, highlighted at the ECAC Championships where she shared individual medalist honors with Dartmouth’s Sarah Knapp. She later placed fifth overall at the Sacred Heart Fall Classic, helping the Quakers to the team title at that event. For the fall, she had a 78.6 stroke average in seven tournament rounds.
Alex Dayneka was a captain and first-team All-Ivy selection in women’s soccer this fall. She was one of the anchors behind a stalwart defense that allowed just 16 goals (0.98 goals-against average) and posted six shutouts. As a team, Penn was alive for the Ivy League title right up until the final match and went 9-6-1 overall.
One of Penn’s co-captains, Jonny Dolezal slid into the middle of Penn’s defensive unit and helped Penn begin a new era of defense. An honorable mention All-Ivy selection, Dolezal scored his first career goal against New Hampshire, and added two assists along the way. His second helper of the season came on the game-winning goal in the season finale, part of a 3-1 win over Harvard.
Sol Eskenazi is the reigning ITA Northeast Region and Ivy League rookie of the year. She followed up her stellar freshman year with an outstanding fall season in 2012. In doubles action, she posted a 12-6 overall record. She teamed up with freshman and the two went 10-2. They flew through the ITA Northeast Regional Double Championship, winning the title and earning an automatic bid to the ITA Indoor National Championships. The pair went 2-2, advancing all the way to the consolation semifinals. On the singles’ side, Eskenazi won seven matches, advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships and winning the Cissie Leary Invitational consolation bracket. She was also named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2011.
Senior Mike Kiley was an integral part of the men’s cross country team this fall, lining up in every race for the Quakers. He hit his stride in midseason, scoring for Penn in the team’s final three races. His time of 24:49.3 at Heptagonals put him at 36th overall and was well over a minute lower than from just a season ago. He ended the year 54th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, finishing the 10K in 31:49, which put him second on the team.
Scott Lopano played in every Penn game over the past four seasons, and was first-team All-Ivy this year at the punter position. He finished with a school record 198 career punts and 7,683 career punt yards. In 2012, the Quakers led the Ivy League in punting as Lopano averaged a collegiate-best 41.0 yards per punt. Of his 60 punts, none were blocked, 23 were pinned inside the 20 -- a career high -- and eight were of 50 or more yards, including a 67-yarder against Villanova. He also forced 23 fair catches and three of his nine kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Whit Shaw was a two-time team captain for the sprint football team and earned a total of seven All-CSFL selections during his career. In 2012 he earned his third career first-team All-CSFL wide receiver selection. He led the Quakers in receptions (33) and receiving yards (488), and led the CSFL with 10 touchdowns. He was also name first-team All-CSFL “All-Purpose” for his all-around exploits. Along with being a receiver, Shaw was a defensive back. He tied for the CSFL-lead with four interceptions, broke up seven passes, and made 15 tackles. The senior also earned honorable mention honors as a special teams kick returner.
The NCAA Division I leader in digs per set (6.56), Dani Shepherd was named first-team All-Ivy for the second year running and was bestowed the honor of Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in the award’s first year of existence. Behind Shepherd’s outstanding performance, Penn as a team led the nation in digs per set (21.53), and allowed opponents to hit only .168, second-best in the Ivy League.
Carly Sokach was one of just five Penn players to start every game, playing all 17 in goal. She was third in the Ivy League with 122 saves. Sokach was a rock in net for the Quakers, posting a 2.92 goals against average and .705 save percentage. She made 10 or more saves in six of her 17 starts, including a career-high 15 saves against second-ranked Princeton in the final game of the season.
Ivy League Release