PHILADELPHIA - Junior Erin Brennan was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, while Giulia Giordano, Lydia Miller and Emily Leitner were second-team honorees, and Maddie Poplawski and Bridget Waclawik earned honorable mention recognition for the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon as the league office announced the 2011 All-Ivy teams.
In leading the Quakers (11-4, 6-1 Ivy) to their fifth-straight Ivy League title, Brennan, who also earned first team honors last season and was named to the latest Tewaaraton Watch List, has tallied a team-high 31 goals and 44 points. She scored at last three goals on four occasions, including a career-high five-goal outburst in a win over Columbia on April 3. The Garden City, N.Y., native is also third in the Ivy League in assists with 13.
Giordano is also a second-time All-Ivy honoree as she was also a member of the second-team a year ago. The Moorestown, N.J., native was tops on the team with 28 ground balls and is tied for second among the Red and Blue with
eight assists this year. In addition, the senior midfielder is currently third on the team with 17 goals and 25 points.
Penn leads the league in goals against average due to the play of Leitner and Miller. The Quakers have allowed double-digit goals just four times in 15 games this year - all of which came against teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation - and allowed six or fewer six times. Miller is third on the team with 13 caused turnovers, while Leitner, who is tied for the league lead in goals allowed, is just one of two Ivy goalkeepers to allow fewer than 10 goals per game (8.09).
Among the honorabole mention selections, Poplawski leads the Quakers and is third in the league with 36 draw controls this season, while Waclawik ranks second in the Ivies with three game-winning goals this season. Poplawski, a sophomore from Springfield, Mass., also has 11 points, 20 ground balls and eight caused turnovers this year. Waclawick, a senior product of Fair Haven, N.J., is fourth on the team in points (23) with 17 goals in 15 games.
As determined by a vote of the League’s eight head coaches, Dartmouth senior attack Kat Collins and freshman goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello become the sixth pair of teammates to win Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, respectively. The Quakers’ Emma Spiro (Co-Player) and Brennan (Rookie) were the most recent teammates to earn the League’s top honors, doing so in 2009.
For the second straight year, Penn earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament at Franklin Field. The Quakers, who won the inaugural Ivy League Tournament
in 2010, will play fourth-seeded Princeton on May 6 at 7 p.m., in the
second of two semifinal games. Dartmouth and Harvard will meet in the
opener of the doubleheader at 4 p.m. The championship game of the Ivy League Tournament
will take place on Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. A
2011 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Franklin Field
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Semifinal #1 - (#2) Dartmouth vs. (#3) Harvard, 4 p.m.
Semifinal #2 - (#1) Penn vs. (#4) Princeton, 7 p.m.
Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner 1 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)