PHILADELPHIA - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has announced its Division I All-America women's soccer teams for the 2013 season, and the University of Pennsylvania was honored to see sophomore defender Caroline Dwyer be named third-team All-America.
Dwyer is just the second Penn player to receive All-America recognition from the NSCAA; Katy Cross was a second-team All-America in 2001. Dwyer also was one of just two Ivy League players named to the All-America teams, as Harvard freshman Midge Purce was also a third-team selection. Coincidentally, Dwyer and Purce were named the Ivy League Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, back in November.
"I am so happy for Caroline," said Penn's head coach, Darren Ambrose. "It is a tremendous statement about her year and the impact she had. She has grown so much as a player in the past year, and this is a testament to her hard work and commitment."
Dwyer started all 17 matches for Penn this season, serving as the anchor for a back line that went through a number of lineup changes during the season but still managed to shut out 12 of its 17 opponents which was one clean sheet off the program's single-season record. The Quakers allowed just eight goals all season, one shy of the school record for fewest goals allowed.
Penn went 12-1-4 in 2013, setting a program mark for fewest losses in a season, and went 5-1-1 in the Ivy League to finish second behind champion Harvard. Despite those credentials, and a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 41 at the end of the regular season, the Quakers were not selected for the 64-team NCAA Championship field.