Official Ivy League release
PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy field hockey teams for the 2012 season, and the University of Pennsylvania is represented by four women. It marks the most Penn players to receive All-Ivy in a season since 2005, when five Quakers were honored.
Junior midfielder Julie Tahan and sophomore back MaryRose Croddick were named second-team All-Ivy in a vote of the League's eight head coaches, while senior forward Sarah Hasson and freshman midfielder Elizabeth Hitti received honorable mention recognition.
One of this year's team captains, Tahan started all 17 games, tied for the team lead in goals (8), and was second in points (20). She ended the season on a roll, figuring in five straight goals in Ivy League wins over Yale and Brown. In each of those games, she scored the winning goal (with the one against the Bears coming in overtime). Tahan, who is receiving All-Ivy recognition for the first time, also scored a pair of goals in a non-conference win over Towson.
Croddick is earning All-Ivy recognition for the second time in as many seasons. She was the anchor of Penn's defense in 2012, starting all 17 games. She had two assists in Penn's early-season win against Towson.
Hasson is also receiving All-Ivy recognition for the second time in her career. The senior played in all 17 games, starting 10, and led Penn with 22 points while tying for the team lead in goals (8) and assists (6). Hasson scored twice and added an assist in the Quakers' Ivy win over Harvard, earning co-Ivy League Player of the Week honors in the process, and had a goal and an assist in an Ivy win at Yale. She also scored against Brown, in a game Penn won in overtime.
Hitti was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week in her freshman campaign, and ended the season tied for the team lead in assists (6) and third in points (18). She was the only freshman to start all 17 games.
Penn finished the season with a 9-8 overall record, its first winning season since 2006. The Quakers went 3-4 in Ivy League play, their best mark in conference play since 2008, and tied for fourth place in the standings. Penn's prolific offense tied a program record with 42 goals, originally set in 1988.
Not surprisingly, Ivy League champion Princeton capped a dominating Ivy season by sweeping the Ivy League's major awards. Senior forward Kathleen Sharkey was the Offensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Katie Reinprecht was the Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman midfielder Teresa Benvenuti was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.