Emily Szelest Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week

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PHILADELPHIA - Senior goalkeeper Emily Szelest was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after backstopping Penn to a pair of wins.

The reigning NCAA goals-against average leader from last season, Szelest lowered her 2010 GAA to 6.44 last week by holding Hofstra to five goals and Harvard to six.

Szelest has now started all five games for Penn and 23 in a row dating back to last season. She is 4-1 in 2010 and 19-4 over that span.

On Wednesday, Szelest made eight saves and was the leader of a defensive unit that came up big to stave off a charging Hofstra team. Four of her saves came in the second half and she was instrumental in a late-game stop which proved to be the difference.

On Saturday, in Penn's Ivy League opener, Szelest made four saves in the game, helping the Quakers extend their Ivy winning streak to 23 games.

Szelest and the Quakers are back in action Wednesday night as they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m.