Iqbal, Croddick Named All-Ivy as Freshmen
PHILADELPHIA - Alex Iqbal and MaryRose Croddick came to Penn and right from the start made an immediate impact with each starting all 17 games during their first year at Penn. For their efforts, Iqbal and Croddick were each named to the All-Ivy team. Iqbal played in the Penn midfield and was named second-team All-Ivy, while Croddick played sweeper in the Quakers' defense, earning honorable mention. Both freshmen were two of the six freshmen to start a game for Penn this season. The first-year players were also two of the seven players, including three freshmen, that started every game for the Quakers in 2011.
Iqbal finished her freshman campaign at Penn tied for second on the team in goals (5) and shots (32). She also tallied two assists in 2011. Full of endurance, Iqbal played the entire 70 minutes in 12 of the Quakers' games. She tallied her first career point with an assist at Lehigh and would break into the scoring column with a hat trick against Appalachian State two games later. Her hat trick was the first at Penn since 2009. Later this season, Iqbal would also score the opening goal against Brown and later tally the game-winner against the Bears in Ivy League play, helping to lift Penn to its second Ivy win of the season.
Croddick played with a defense that recorded two shutouts during the season. She was the only Quakers' player to play every single minute during the course of the season. In the first of those shutout victories against Cornell, Croddick was right in the middle of the action with strong defense all day long, highlighted by a key defensive save to keep the Big Red off the board. She came up with her second defensive save of the season in the victory over Appalachian State. For the year, her two defensive stops made her one of just 11 players in the Ivies with multiple defensive saves, a list that included three Penn players.
For the Quakers, this marks the first time in the history of the program that two freshmen have earned All-Ivy in the same season. In the first 29 years of field hockey at Penn, only six players had earned All-Ivy accolades as a freshman. Iqbal's 12 points as a freshman is the most since 1983 when Danna Berk scored six goals and had three assists for a total of 15 points. Iqbal's five goals in one season is the second time in the last three years that a freshman has had five goals for Penn. Junior Sarah Hasson accomplished this feat back in 2009.
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* - unanimous selection