Ali DeLuca Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week

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PHILADELPHIA - Ali DeLuca was a big part of Penn shutting down Dartmouth last week in a battle between two top-ten teams with heavy Ivy implications. DeLuca's shutdown defense paved the way for the Quakers to win, 9-6. For her efforts, DeLuca was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

DeLuca was matched up with two of Dartmouth's top scorers all game in Hanover on Saturday, and limited Kristen Goldberg and Hilary Smith to one combined point. DeLuca did so without committing a foul all game.

Just as important was DeLuca's work on draw controls. She finished with five draw controls, pacing Penn to a decisive 13-4 advantage on the draw.

This is DeLuca's second selection as an Ivy Player of the Week in 2010. She was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 1, and is the only player to appear as both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week this season.

With the win, Penn improved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers also became the first team to clinch a berth in the inaugural Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament, gaining an inside track on the right to host the tournament as well.

Penn can clinch a share of its fourth-straight Ivy title on Wednesday at Princeton (7 p.m.) A Penn win coupled with a Dartmouth loss on Wednesday (the Big Green play Harvard at 4 p.m.) would ensure sole possession of the Ivy championship and home field for the tournament.

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