IWLCA All-Region Selections
PHILADELPHIA - The IWLCA announced its All-Region awards on Thursday, with Penn landing five representatives on the All-Mid-Atlantic squad. Erin Brennan and Giulia Giordano were named first-team All-Region while Emily Leitner, Lydia Miller and Bridget Waclawik were second-team honorees. Overall, 136 women's lacrosse players in Division I were honored, with Penn's five recipients tied for the most among Ivy League schools.
Brennan, one of Penn's tri-captains, was named a first-team all-region selection for the second year in a row, the sixth player in Penn history to be honored at least twice (Christy Bennett 2000-02, Ali DeLuca 2007-10, Rachel Manson 2007-08, Sarah Waxman 2007-08, Emma Spiro 2009-10). A first-team All-Ivy selection, Brennan led the Quakers in goals (34), assists (18) and points (52). Her 34 goals were a career high and Brennan ended her third season ranked fifth all-time in points by a Penn player with 153. Brennan also ranks eighth all-time with 93 goals and fifth in assists with 60.
After earning second-team all-region distinction in 2010, Giulia Giordano was a first-team selection this season. Giordano had 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points this season, playing the majority of the second half in the midfield after an ankle injury. The transition to midfield allowed Giordano to take on opposing teams' attackers, causing a team-high 23 turnovers and picking up 29 ground balls. Giordano, a senior tri-captain and second-team All-Ivy honoree, graduated with 127 career points, 10th all-time at Penn. She dished out 48 assists in her career, sixth-most by a Penn player and scored 79 goals which is 12th-best by a Penn player.
In her first season as starter for the Quakers in goal, Emily Leitner posted an 11-6 record and her goals-against average of 8.38 was best in the Ivy League and eighth in the nation. A two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week selection, Leitner helped Penn its sixth-best season ever in terms of wins and posted victories over No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke along the way. Leitner, who was named second-team All-Ivy, made nine saves in a game five times over the course of the season, finishing the year with a .437 save percentage.
In her first season at Penn, Lydia Miller made her presence felt on defense, playing in all 17 games with 16 starts. She caused 16 turnovers with 19 ground balls while also winning eight draws while playing a big part in Penn's team defense finishing sixth in the country. The Red and Blue allowed just 8.41 goals-per-game this season, and the 143 total goals allowed were fifth-best in the nation.
Bridget Waclawik put together her finest season as a Quaker in her senior campaign, scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists for 26 points. She started all 17 games after playing just 12 in her first three seasons combined due to injury. Her three game-winning goals were tops on the Red and Blue and second in the Ivy League. This marks her first All-Region selection.
The five players named All-Region are now in the running for All-America honors that will be announced on May 30. The All-Americans will be honored at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on June 11 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.