PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in fall sports for the 2010 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.
In his final season with the Quakers' Sprint Football team, Mike Bagnoli became just the sixth player in Penn history to earn CSFL Most Valuable Player honors after a 1,008-yard season with a team-high 11 touchdowns. He was named MVP of the Allegiance Bowl after Penn defeated five-time defending champion Navy as the Quakers marched to their first league title since 2000.
Senior tri-captain Christopher Baird, of the men's cross country team, was instrumental in the Quakers' success on the course this year. The senior was one of Penn's top two finishers in every race this season, including the Heptagonal Championships. At Heps, Baird's 17th place finish propelled Penn to fourth overall, its best mark in three years. Two weeks later the senior finished 20th in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and was named All-Region for the second straight year.
Truly a factor all over the field for the men's soccer team, Thomas Brandt was an anchor in the center backfield for Penn as the Quakers won 13 games for just the third time in school history. The Red and Blue allowed only 12 goals all season, with Brandt a first-team All-Ivy selection on defense. When he wasn't keeping goals out of his own net, Brandt was busy making teams pay on the offensive end with five goals - the fifth-most by any player in the Ivy League. Brandt was clutch with his strikes, scoring two game-winners, including one in overtime.
Senior Kaitlin Campbell was a captain and central defender for the Penn women's soccer team this fall, anchoring a defense that posted nine shutouts - the most by a Penn team since 2001. Campbell also scored the match-winning goal in the Quakers' 1-0 win at Cal State Northridge in September. A first-team All-Ivy selection, Campbell started 68 of the 69 matches Penn played during her career, and was also second team All-Mid Atlantic Region by the NSCAA.
Another women's soccer player honored is senior midfielder Sarah Friedman. She led all Ivy League players with eight assists this season, giving her 30 for her career which is tops on Penn's all-time list. She also had two goals this season, giving her 12 points, tied for the team lead. Friedman was the only league player unanimously selected as first-team All-Ivy by the coaches; she was also a third-team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region pick. Penn women's soccer won the Ivy League title and nearly won its NCAA first-round match, dropping a 1-0 decision to Big Ten champion Penn State in Morgantown, W.Va.
Sophomore Leslie Kovach of the women's cross country team is the youngest Quaker to earn Academic All-Ivy honors this fall. In her second year, Kovach was Penn's top finisher in every race and earned second-team All-Ivy honors after finishing 13th in the Heptagonal Championships. Two weeks later she earned her first all-region selection by finishing 22nd overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
From the field hockey team, junior Erin Healy played in all 17 games in 2010, making 15 starts. She had shots in two games, Penn's 1-0 win over William & Mary on Sept. 11 as well as the team's Ivy League loss at Yale on Oct. 23.
Senior Josh Powers earned first-team All-Ivy honors as he helped lead the No. 13/14 Penn football team to its second straight undefeated Ivy League football title in 2010. The Fishers, Ind., native manned the defensive backfield for a Red and Blue unit that finished atop the Ivy League in total defense, scoring defense and sacks. Powers was second on the team in tackles and interceptions and led the team with six passes defended.
A four-time All-CSFL honoree for the Sprint Football team, Raiam Dos Santos was named all-league as both a punter and placekicker in 2010 as Penn won its fourth CSFL championship and first since 2000. Santos averaged 40 yards a punt in 2010, with eight landing inside the 20 and a long of 56 as he was named first-team as a punter. In addition, he connected on four field goals and 26 PATs for second-team placekicking honors.
Senior Megan Tryon, of the Penn volleyball team, was instrumental in leading the Quakers to their second straight Ivy League championship in 2010. The 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year and AVCA all-region honorable mention helped the Red and Blue to a 12-2 Ivy mark and the program's second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship. Tryon led the Ancient Eight with 10.55 assists per set and also added 2.47 digs per set and ten double-doubles. She leaves Penn as the program's all-time leader assists (3,782) and assists in a season (1,328).