PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Ali DeLuca has been unanimously named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Chrissy Muller, Hilary Renna and Sarah Waxman are unanimous First-Team All-Ivy members, the Ivy League office announced Friday.
In addition, DeLuca, Rachel Manson, and Karen Jann were named to the second team, and Becca Edwards and Melissa Lehman earned honorable mention honors.
DeLuca is the first Quaker to earn the Rookie of the Year award since Nicky Hitchens in 1986. She is just the fourth player in program history to earn the honor.
Penn's eight all-Ivy honorees are the most since the team earned the same number in 1988, and is the most for the program since the Ivy League expanded to eight teams.
The Quakers won their first Ivy League title in 25 years this season, running the table in the Ivy League with a 7-0 record and a 14-1 overall mark.
Muller, who was an honorable mention pick in 2006, has had a fantastic senior season as Penn’s top playmaker. Muller leads the team with 41 points on 19 goals and 22 assists, and this season moved into second-place all-time at Penn in assists with 68. She is also second in the team with 21 draw controls.
Renna had a breakout season, shining at low defense and earning a spot on the 17-member Tewaaraton nominee list of the nation’s best players. Only a sophomore, Renna has been charged with defending the nation’s best attackers, and held the country’s two leading scorers, Ivy League Player of the Year Lauren Taylor of Yale and Johns Hopkins’ Mary Key, to a goal each.
Waxman was unanimously named the Ancient Eight’s best goalie after a brilliant junior season that saw her lead the League in goals-against (6.17) and save percentage (.525). The two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week is also second in the nation in GAA and sixth in save percentage.
DeLuca shined in the midfield, tying the Penn freshman goals record with 31 while emerging as one of the Ivy League’s top scoring threats. DeLuca started all 15 games, debuting with a hat trick, and leads the team in shots (87) and is second in goals.
Manson, a junior attacker, leads the team with 32 goals and has proven to be Penn’s most reliable scorer, notching three game-winning goals and scoring on 48.5 percent of her shots.
Jann, a senior defender, helped anchor the nation’s second-best defense, which allowed just 6.33 goals per game. A four-year starter on the backline, Jann is earning her first Ivy honor.
Edwards has had a fine sophomore season, stepping into a starting role and excelling with 29 goals and four assists. An athletic playmaker, Edwards also has 15 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers and 17 draw controls. Also a capable defender, Edwards earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors this year.
Lehman continued her solid play in midfield as a junior scoring 21 goals and 6 assists along with 14 ground balls and 18 draw controls. Starting every game, Lehman scored a pair of gamewinners for the Quakers this year.
Penn will take part in the first round of the NCAA Championships Sunday, hosting Boston University at Rhodes Field starting at noon.
2007 Women's Lacrosse All-Ivy
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Lauren Taylor, Yale
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Ali DeLuca, Penn *
A - Courtney Farrell, Cornell
A - Chrissy Muller, Penn *
A - Kathleen Miller, Princeton *
M - Whitney Douthett, Dartmouth *
M - Lauren Taylor, Yale *
M - Katie Lewis-Lamonica, Princeton *
D - Hilary Renna, Penn *
D - Jess Champion, Yale *
D - Norris Novak, Princeton
GK - Sarah Waxman, Penn *
Wildcard - Kristen Barry, Dartmouth
Wildcard - Katharine Simmons, Cornell
A - Rachel Manson, Penn
A - Marisa Marcellino, Columbia
A- Sarah Szefi, Dartmouth
M - Kate Lombard, Columbia
M - Ali DeLuca, Penn
M - Jenn Warden, Yale
D - Karen Jann, Penn
D - Lauren Bobzin, Harvard
D - Lindsay Levin, Yale
GK - Ellen Cameron, Yale
Wildcard - Kaitlin Martin, Harvard
Wildcard - Katie Cox, Princeton
Brown - Mimi DeTolla, Attack; Molly McCarthy, Midfield; Kiki Manners,
Columbia - Emma Mintz, Goalkeeper
Cornell - Noelle Dowd, Midfield
Penn - Becca Edwards, Attack; Melissa Lehman, Midfield
Princeton - Holly McGarvie, Midfield; Caitlin Reimers, Defense
Yale - Kat Peetz