PHILADELPHIA - For the third year in a row, Erin Brennan has been named first-team All-Region by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), leading four Penn players recognized as tops in the Mid-Atlantic Region during the 2012 campaign.
Joining Brennan as first-team All-Region selections were goalkeeper Emily Leitner and midfielder Maddie Poplawski, with freshman defender Taylor Foussadier earning second-team All-Region honors. Penn's four All-Region players were part of 18 selections for the Ivy League, and trailed just Dartmouth's five total selections among Ancient Eight Schools. In terms of first-team All-Region honorees, Penn's three on the first team tied with Princeton for most among Ivy programs.
Brennan led the Quakers with 60 points this season, pacing the Red and Blue with 33 goals and 27 assists. Her 60 points were a career high, and rank fourth all-time in single-season points by a Quaker while her 27 assists were also a career high and tie for third-most in a single season by a Penn player. For her career, Brennan graduated as the second-highest point producer to wear a Penn uniform, finishing with 213 points. Her 126 career goals ranks third all-time and she is second all-time with 87 assists. A first-team All-Ivy selection for the third year in a row, Brennan has previously been named third-team All-American (2010) and second-team All-American (2011).
Emily Leitner was a rock in goal for the Quakers all season, earning unanimous first-team honors. Through 17 games behind a defense which was made up solely of underclassmen, Leitner posted a 9.44 GAA and led the Ivy League with 49 ground balls. On three different occasions during the season, Leitner set a new career high in saves, highlighted by 16 saves against No. 3 Maryland. A second-team All-Region selection in 2011, Leitner has previously been honored as Academic All-Ivy and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area.
Maddie Poplawski had a career year for the Quakers, exploding during her junior campaign for 29 goals and 31 points. Among all Ivy League players, Poplawski led the pack with 14 free position goals. A consummate midfielder, Poplawski led the Quakers with 61 draw controls (second in the Ivy League) and was second with 27 ground balls. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Poplawski opened the season with her best day as a collegian with four goals and nine draw controls at Drexel. She had four goals and an assist during the Ivy League Tournament to earn All-Tournament honors.
For the second year in a row, Penn had a freshman defender named All-Region as Taylor Foussadier followed up Lydia Miller who did so in 2011. Foussadier started all 17 games this season for the Quakers, earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors. She finished her rookie season third on the team with 12 caused turnovers and sixth with nine draw controls to go with 17 ground balls.
The four Quakers selected as All-Region performers are now eligible for All-American honors which will be announced on May 27.