PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced its spring Academic All-Ivy recipients, and 10 University of Pennsylvania student-athletes -- five men, five women -- were honored.
Austin Bossart (baseball) started all 41 games for Penn, 35 of them at catcher, and was named first-team All-Ivy while hitting .297 with a .397 on-base percentage. The junior co-captain also hit four home runs and had 19 RBI. Penn posted a 3.64 team ERA with him behind the plate. Bossart compiled a .993 fielding percentage, making only two errors, while throwing out 11-of-31 base stealers and picking off three more. During the season, he earned Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week honors for April 22.
Sol Eskenazi (women’s tennis) played the No. 1 position for Penn and earned her third-straight first-team All-Ivy honors. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native was unanimously selected first-team All-Ivy for the second time in her career after putting together a 14-3 overall record (4-3 in Ivy matches). Eskenazi is the first player in program history with three-straight first-team All-Ivy selections in doubles, doing so with three different partners, and the first Penn player since 1999 to receive three-straight first-team All-Ivy selections.
Brian Feeney (men’s lacrosse) was a third-team USILA All-America this year, and earned first-team All-Ivy goalie for second straight year. The Quakers’ four-year backstop also earned a spot on the Ivy League All-Tournament Team as Penn won event for first time. Penn finished the season 11-4 overall, winning eight games in a row at the end of the season, and hosted NCAA game for first time since 1988.
Elysse Gorney (softball) received first-team All-Ivy recognition for the second time in her career, starting 38 of Penn’s 42 games at catcher. A two-time captain, she hit .304 and slugged .435 to help the Quakers to their third straight South Division title where they lost to Dartmouth in three games.
Kelsey Hay (women’s track & field) earned honorable mention All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the women's javelin. Prior to that, Hay won the Heptagonal Games title in the event and set the school record as the first Penn woman to surpass 50 meters in the javelin.
Jenna Hebert (women’s rowing) was a CRCA All-Region selection for second time in as many years, rowing the 7 seat in Penn’s Varsity 8 throughout the spring. Last summer, she was a member of the United States Under-23 national team in the lightweight quadruple sculls.
Zach Katz (men’s tennis) had the best winning percentage on this year’s team in singles (23-8, .742). The two-year captain went 4-0 in Ivy matches (3 DNF), and also put together a 7-2 mark (1 DNF) at No. 2 doubles for the Quakers.
Meg Markham (women’s lacrosse) excelled on defense in 2014, becoming the first Penn player to earn first-team IWLCA All-America honors since 2010. Markham was named Ivy League Defender of the Year and unanimous first-team All-Ivy after leading the Ancient Eight and finishing fifth nationally in caused turnovers per game. Markham helped the women's lacrosse team to its eighth consecutive Ivy League championship, and then earned All-Tournament honors as the Quakers won their second straight Ivy League Tournament title.
Sam Mattis (men’s track & field) earned first-team All-America honors in the discus at this year’s NCAA Championships. Prior to that, the sophomore set the school record in the event and repeated as Heptagonal Games champion.
Peter St. Michael (men’s heavyweight rowing) rowed in Penn's Varsity 8 during the 2013-14 season, sitting in the No. 4 seat for most of the campaign. The highlight of the spring for St. Michael and the Varsity 8 was a weekend sweep of three races which was headlined by a win over then-No. 2 Northeastern to reclaim the Burk Cup. In the fall, St. Michael rowed in the Varsity 8 as it won the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River.