Eight Quakers Earn Softball All-Ivy Honors

PRINCETON, N.J. – On Tuesday afternoon, the Ivy League announced its annual softball awards and the University of Pennsylvania softball team had the most overall selections making the 2014 All-Ivy teams with eight: Elysse Gorney (First-Team), Leah Allen (First-Team), Kanani Datan (First-Team), Alexis Borden (Second-Team), Sydney Turchin (Second-Team), Alexis Sargent (Second-Team), Kayla Dahlerbruch (Honorable Mention), Lauren Li (Honorable Mention). In addition, Allen was unanimously named Rookie of the Year, the first unanimous decision for the award since 2011. The Red and Blue also had the most first and second-team selections combined (six) in the conference.

Ivy League Softball All-Ivy Release

Freshman outfielder Leah Allen became the fourth Quaker in Penn history to be named Rookie of the Year -- the other three were Alexis Borden (2012), Jess Lupardus (2008), and Dawn Kulp (1992). The first-team unanimous honoree finished the season hitting .383. Along with a League-best 13 home runs and 43 RBI, Allen’s numbers set new single-season marks for Penn in each category. Allen also led the League with a .759 slugging percentage which ranks among the nation’s leaders. In Ivy League play, the freshman outfielder batted .458 with a slugging percentage of 1.051. Ten of her home runs were during conference contests. Throughout the season, Allen was named Rookie of the Week three times and also shared the title of Player of the Week on March 18.

Also on the first-team is senior catcher Elysse Gorney and sophomore outfielder Kanani Datan.

Gorney collected her fourth All-Ivy selection -- second first-team -- and ended the season hitting .304 and in a three-way-tie on the team in doubles with nine. For the Red and Blue, the Florida native is third in career runs with 110, fourth in career at bats with 518, and eighth in career hits with 153. She is also in the career list’s top ten for RBI (59), doubles (26), and stolen bases (24). In conference contests, Gorney held the third-best batting average on the team (.356).

Datan earned her first All-Ivy selection and finished the season hitting .354 – second best batting average on team. Earlier in year, the sophomore also earned her first weekly Ivy honor when she was named Player of the Week on April 15; she finished the week’s six games with a .588 average. Before winning the weekly award in April, she was hitting just .250 on the year. At the end of the season, the California native finished the Ivy League Championship Series against Dartmouth in Hanover with the best batting average (.500), slugging percentage (.625), and on-base percentage (.500) for Penn.

Representing the Red and Blue on the second-team is junior pitcher Alexis Borden, junior outfielder Sydney Turchin, and freshman designated player Alexis Sargent.

Earning her third All-Ivy honor, Borden finished the season with a 2.26 ERA and 12 wins. She threw 139.2 innings and 131 strikeouts. Her strikeouts this season ranks fourth on the single-season records, as she now holds three of the top four spots. After this season, Borden moved up in three categories – innings pitched, complete games, starts -- on Penn’s career list, while extending her numbers in the top spots in two – strikeouts, wins. Borden is now second on the list with 525 innings pitched, tied for first with 62 complete games, and second with 80 starts. Holding the top spot in strikeouts and wins already, Borden now has 499 career strikeouts and 52 wins.

Turchin collected her third All-Ivy Second-Team honor and finished the season with a .317 batting average. Over spring break, she recorded her first-career home run in the 10-1 win over Quinnipiac. During conference play, Turchin hit eight of her nine doubles this season and hit .323. On Penn’s career-records, Turchin is fifth in runs with 96 and is tied for second in stolen bases with 32.

Sargent was named Rookie of the Week on April 29, after hitting a perfect 1.000 in three of the four games she played. She went 7-for-9 at the plate and recorded 3 home runs, 6 RBI, and a 1.778 slugging percentage. Sargent finished the season with nine home runs, seven of which were hit during Ivy play. The Virginia native finished the season with the second best slugging percentage on the team with .577. As a pitcher, Sargent recorded 6 wins, 67 innings pitched, and 43 strikeouts.

Both senior third baseman Kayla Dahlerbruch and sophomore utility Lauren Li earned their second All-Ivy Honorable Mention.

Dahlerbruch was the starting third baseman for each of the 40 games she played. Batting .291, she hit a walk-off single against Temple in extra innings to win, 4-3, and hit another against Brown to end the game early, 8-0 (5 innings). During conference play, she hit .353. Dahlerbruch led the team this season with most walks drawn at 24. On Penn’s all-time list, the California native holds the tenth most hits with 136 and is fifth in RBI with 96.

Earning Honorable Mention for the second year in a row, Li played in 38 games this season at short stop and as a pitcher. Li batted .202 this season and hit her first-career home run in the 11-1 victory over Colgate during spring break. During the 20 conference games, Li recorded 16 hits. In the circle for the Red and Blue, Li tossed 22 innings with five strikeouts.

2014 Softball All-Ivy
Player of the Year: Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P/DP - Norman, Okla.)
Pitcher of the Year: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Rookie of the Year: Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)

First Team
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth * (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Jr., P - Slidel, La.)
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Sr., C - Orlando, Fla.)
Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., 1B - San Clemente, Calif.)
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Jr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Kasey Lange, Harvard * (Sr., 3B, Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth * (So., SS - San Diego)
Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)
Kanani Datan, Penn (So., OF - Simi Valley, Calif.)
Meg Parker, Cornell (So., Utility - Miami)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^ (So., DP - Norman, Okla.)

Second Team
Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^ (So., P - Norman, Okla.)
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Jr., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Alyssa Rodia, Columbia (Fr., 1B - Carmel, N.Y.)
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Munster, Ind.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Janet Leung, Brown (So., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Jr., SS - San Diego)
Andrea DelConte, Harvard (Jr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)

Honorable Mention
Alyson Onyon, Cornell (Sr., P - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.)
Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jr., 1B - Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Jr., 2B - Aiea, Hawaii)
Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (Sr., 3B - West Hills, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., OF - Canby, Ore.)
Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Sr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Sr. OF - Albany, Calif.)
Kerry Cook, Columbia (Fr., Utilty - El Segundo, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (So., Utilty - Los Angeles)

* unanimous selection
^ McCalmon made the first team as the designated player and second team as a pitcher.
NOTE: There are two shortstops on the second team due to a tie in the voting.

2014 Penn Ivy League Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
March 18 — Leah Allen#
April 15 — Kanani Datan

Pitcher of the Week
March 11 — Alexis Borden
April 29 — Alexis Borden

Rookie of the Week
March 18 — Leah Allen
April 8 — Leah Allen
April 15 — Leah Allen
April 29 — Alexis Sargent

Honor Roll
March 11 — Leah Allen, Sydney Turchin
March 18 — Alexis Borden, Alexis Sargent
April 1 — Alexis Sargent, Alexis Borden, Elysse Gorney
April 22 — Alexis Borden, Leah Allen, Sydney Turchin, Lauren Li
April 29 — Elysse Gorney, Leah Allen

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