Capuano, Friedman Earn First-Team All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its 2008 All-Ivy teams for women’s soccer, and Penn had five women earn recognition.

Senior Natalie Capuano and sophomore Sarah Friedman were first-team honorees, while senior Eileen Larkin and Molly Weir and freshman Marin McDermott earned honorable mention recognition.

Capuano’s first-team nod is her third as a Quaker, making her just the third player in program history to be so honored -- Katy Cross was a four-time honoree from 2001-04, and Robin Watson was a three-time honoree from 2003-05. Capuano finished the season with five goals, which tied for the team lead, and helped stabilize a defense that posted a 1.00 goals-against average and garnered seven shutouts. For her career, Capuano had 14 goals which is tied for 10th on Penn’s all-time list, and between her athletic and academic achievements she will graduate as one of the most decorated players in program history.

This is Friedman’s first first-team honor from the conference, but it was well-deserved. The sophomore led Penn with 23 points, and shattered the school record for assists in a season with 15 which was tops among Ivy League players. She figured in 19 of Penn’s 33 goals for the season, and had seven games where she figured in more than one goal.

Larkin earned honorable mention recognition for the second year in a row, as she anchored the defense for the fourth straight season. A two-year captain, Larkin played a central defending role for the Quakers as they posted a 1.00 goals-against average and pitched seven shutouts. A four-year starter, Larkin was a part of 28 blankings during her career.

Weir earned All-Ivy mention for the first time in her career, after finishing second on the squad with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists). McDermott, meanwhile, became the second Penn freshman in as many years to gain honorable mention notice -- Friedman received it last year -- after tying for second on the team with four assists and finishing fifth with 10 points.

Under ninth-year head coach Darren Ambrose, Penn finished the season with an 8-6-3 overall record, the 12th straight season the Quakers have had a winning mark. In Ivy play, the Quakers finished 2-3-2 and placed fifth.

All-Ivy Women's Soccer — 2008

First Team
Lizzy Nichols, Harvard
Taylor Numann, Princeton
Lisa Chinn, Princeton
Myra Sack, Dartmouth
Natalie Capuano, Penn
Sarah Friedman, Penn
Sarah Peteraf, Princeton
Maggie Westfal, Yale
*Sophie Reiser, Columbia
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard
Alyssa Pont, Princeton

Second Team
Meggie Ford, Columbia
Megan Ashforth, Yale
Sophia Merrifield, Yale
Bridget Ballard, Brown
Ashley Mistele, Columbia
Jennifer Om, Princeton
Lindsay Cunningham, Brown
Ashlin Yahr, Columbia
Melanie Baskind, Harvard
Becky Brown, Yale
Becca Taylor, Columbia

Honorable Mention
Charlotte Rizzi, Brown
Lauren Cooke, Columbia
Sidra Bonner, Cornell
Lindsey Kowal, Harvard
Ellen Larkin, Penn
Melissa Seitz, Princeton
Caitlin Collins, Yale
Eva Dixon, Cornell
Allison Hubbard, Dartmouth
Gina Wideroff, Harvard
Miyuki Hino, Yale
Kelsey Quick, Dartmouth
Molly Weir, Penn
Marin McDermott, Penn
Brenna Hogue, Brown
Laurel Peak, Dartmouth
Lauren Mann, Harvard

Player of the Year
Sophie Reiser, Columbia

Rookie of the Year
Melanie Baskind, Harvard

*unanimous pick