PHILADELPHIA - Following an historic season, success-wise, by the Penn women's soccer program, it should come as no surprise that the Quakers were rewarded in record fashion on the All-Ivy teams that were announced Thursday by the conference office.
For the first time in program history, three women were voted first-team All-Ivy by the conference coaches. They are senior defender Adrienne Lerner, junior goalkeeper Sarah Banks, and junior midfielder Erin Beck. Senior defender Colleen Barry, senior forward Marin McDermott and sophomore forward Kathryn Barth were voted second-team All-Ivy, while senior forward Ursula Lopez-Palm received All-Ivy honorable mention.
This marks just the second time in program history that seven different players received All-Ivy recognition. The other year was 1998, when Penn had two first-teamers and five who received honorable mention.
Penn finished the 2011 season with a 14-2-1 overall record, tying a program mark for wins, and went 9-0-1 in its final 10 matches. The Quakers shut out a record 13 opponents and allowed just seven goals all season, far below the previous program low of 13. When the regular season was over, the Red and Blue was tops among 330 NCAA Division I programs in shutout percentage (.765), fourth in goals-against average (0.41), and eighth in save percentage (.887). At the other end, they were 24th nationally in scoring offense (2.29 goals per game). Penn finished the year 5-1-1 in Ivy League play and took second place behind Harvard (6-0-1).
A rundown of Penn's All-Ivy players...
Sarah Banks (GK) - The junior started 16 of Penn's 17 matches, sitting out the final match so Caroline Williams could start on Senior Day. Banks finished the season ranked eighth nationally in goals-against average (0.42) and 14th in save percentage (.872). She collected five shutouts on her own and played a sharing role in the other eight.
Adrienne Lerner (B) - The senior captain started all 17 matches on the back line and was a key component of a defense that posted a school-record 13 shutouts and allowed just seven goals in 17 matches.
Erin Beck (M) - A junior captain along with Lerner, she scored two goals and added two assists for six points while often controlling the game from her central midfield spot. A constant offensive threat, she took 29 shots which was tops among midfielders and third on the team overall.
Colleen Barry (B) - Along with Lerner, this three-year starter was on the back line throughout the season and played a key role in the team's success keeping opponents out of the goal. She also had assists against Youngstown State and Yale.
Marin McDermott (F) - The senior completed her four-year run with All-Ivy recognition all four years. McDermott tied for the team lead in goals (8) and was second in points (18), and also topped the team with 36 shots.
Kathryn Barth (F) - Only a sophomore, she came into her own this year and finished tied for the team lead in goals (8) while also leading the Quakers in assists (8) and points (24). Her assist total is tied for fifth on Penn's single-season list, while her 24 points place her eighth on the single-season list in that category. Barth finished the year recording at least a point in seven of the Quakers' last eight games.
Ursula Lopez-Palm (F) - The senior finished her career off in spectacular fashion, scoring twice in Penn's season finale to help the Quakers defeat Princeton, 3-1. For the season, Lopez-Palm had three goals and two assists for eight points.