PHILADELPHIA - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced the 48 Division I All-America selections, and Penn is represented by three players.
Ali DeLuca was named first-team All-America while Erin Brennan and Emma Spiro were both named third-team All-America. The Quakers are one of six schools with three All-Americas, joining Duke, Georgetown, James Madison, Vanderbilt and Virginia. National semifinalist Syracuse had four All-Americas while the other three Final Four teams - North Carolina, Northwestern and national champion Maryland - each had five student-athletes represented.
For DeLuca, this is her first selection as a first-team All-America. In 2008 and 2009, DeLuca was chosen second-team All-America but a first-team berth had eluded her. Her 2010 season which featured career highs in goals (48), assists (28), points (76), draw controls (40, and ground balls (29) was good enough for a first-team selection. The unanimous 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, DeLuca graduated holding the program record for goals in a career (148) and points in a single season (76). Both records were older than DeLuca as the career goals mark was set in 1983 and the single-season point record was established in 1981. She is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy given to the nation's most outstanding player which will be handed out June 3 in Washington, D.C.
Spiro is an All-America for the second time in her career. In '09, she was named first-team All-America at midfield. This season, despite missing five games with an ankle injury, Spiro tied for second on the Quakers with 32 goals and was fifth with 36 points. Her point total in '10 established a new career high despite playing in four less games than the '09 campaign which saw her tally 35 points. Her 32 goals this season equaled her career best from last season. Spiro was also a key factor in Penn's team defense which finished the season ranked fourth in the country while allowing an average of 7.26 goals=per-game.
With DeLuca and Spiro graduating along with the six other members of the Class of 2010 which has catapulted Penn to the upper echelons of the country, the burden will fall on a new wave of players to carry the torch. There are few better options in the country than Brennan who was named an All-America for the first time in 2010. Coming off a 2009 season where she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Brennan made sure her sophomore season cemented her place on Penn's attack. She bested her 2009 totals in all three main offensive categories, with 32 goals, 24 assists and 56 points in 2010. She already has 101 points in her career after two seasons and ranks 15th all-time at Penn in points with two seasons to play.
All three will be honored at the IWLCA All-America Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa. on June 12.