PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in fall sports for the 2009 season. The 80 men and women -- 10 of which were from Penn -- were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.
One of the captains for this year's women's soccer team, senior Michelle Drugan finished as Penn's third-leading scorer with four goals and four assists for 12 points. She entered her senior season with just four points for her career. As a result, Drugan was honored by the conference coaches as a second-team All-Ivy selection, her first All-Ivy award at Penn. The Quakers finished 10-4-2 overall and went 4-3-0 in the Ivy League, taking third place.
Senior Meredith Kotowski enjoyed a successful fall for the women's golf team, finishing first among Penn players at two of five events and placing second at two others. Kotowski placed fifth overall at the season-opening Princeton Invitational, then tied for second overall at the ECAC Championships in Williamsburg, Va. She also had top-15 overall finishes at the Yale Intercollegiate and the Kelly Gutshall Invitational hosted by Lehigh.
Sophomore Jake Levin of men's soccer earned All-Ivy honors for the second time in as many seasons at Penn, anchoring a Quaker defense that posted six shutouts in 2009. Penn was in the Ivy League race until the second-to-last weekend, but losses to Princeton and Harvard in the final two matches scuttled hopes for a repeat championship.
Senior linebacker Michael McMullen of the sprint football team earned first-team All-CSFL honors for the second consecutive season, capping off his career as a four-time All-CSFL selection. He was a leader on the Quakers' defense with 34 tackles and team-best three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In addition, McMullen ran in two touchdowns and was named the CSFL's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
A tri-captain of the field hockey team, senior Katie Rose was honored for the first time by the conference's coaches as a second-team All-Ivy selection. Rose started all 17 games and played an integral role on the field with great ball control, speed, and determination. She finished the season with a goal and three assists.
Junior Luis Ruffolo started nine games for Penn football's offensive line that ranked third in the Ivy League in rushing and ranked first in fewest sacks allowed. He helped pave the way for freshman running back Lyle Marsh's All-Ivy season. The Webster, N.Y., native was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team for the second straight year.
A member of the football team, junior kicker Andrew Samson was named to the All-Ivy first team for the second straight year. He led all Ivy League kickers in scoring, with 58 points, and made field goals, with nine. The West Bloomfield, Mich., native remained perfect for his career on extra points as he went 25-for-25 for the Quakers during their Ivy League championship season. Samson currently holds the school record with 74 consecutive made extra points and is second all-time at Penn with 34 career field goals.
A standout on the volleyball team, Elizabeth Semmens earned Ivy League Player of the Year honors and was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team this year. Semmens led the team with 388 kills, good for the second highest single-season total in school history. She also averaged 4.02 kills per set (209) in league play, good for second in the Ancient Eight. The senior was second on the team in digs and had seven matches on the season with 20 or more kills and also recorded a team-high 18 double-doubles.
Senior Kevin Sullivan was just one of two runners to score points for his team in all of his races this season. Sullivan ran four times this season and was the second Penn finisher in each of his last two races as a Quaker. In the Heptagonals, he finished 36th overall with a time of 26:43.2. He followed that up with 68th place finish in his last meet at the NCAA Regionals, completing the 10k in a time of 34:07.1.
Madison Wojciechowski was instrumental for the Quaker volleyball team as she led the squad with 5.55 digs per set (566), good for eighth in the country. Her 566 digs were the highest single-season total in school history, breaking the school record of 511 she set last year. The junior also had 16 matches with at least 20 digs and five with at least 30. In her final match of the regular season, she moved into first place on the school's all-time dig list with 1,534 for her career.
For the complete list of Academic All-Ivy selections click here.