Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania freshman Melissa Black was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while four field hockey players garnered All-Ivy honors as announced by the Ivy League Group this afternoon. Senior Liz Lorelli, junior Lea Salese and sophomore Liz Schlossberg all earned first-team nods.
Black had a big impact on the Quakers’ success in 2004. As a part of the nationally-ranked defense, Black led the Red and Blue to eight shutouts, including a school record six in-a-row. The rookie was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season and is the first Quaker to earn Rookie of the Year honors since Nicky Hitchens received the award in 1985. Black was also named second-team All-Ivy.
Lorelli was a unanimous first-team selection for the second-consecutive year. Lorelli led the Quakers in scoring in 2004 with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. She led the team and was second in the Ivy League in game-winning goals with five. The Greenwich, Conn. native is a three-time All-Ivy recipient.
Schlossberg was also a unanimous first-team selection. The netminder sports a goals against average of .890, which ranks sixth in the nation and a save percentage of .828 which is good enough for third in the nation. The Chevy Chase, Md. native recorded six shutouts this season for a total of seven in her career.
Salese earned her second All-Ivy nod with her first-team selection in 2004. The midfielder was a constant on the team throughout the season, coming up with key plays when needed. The Livingston, N.J. native scored five goals and two assists this season for 12 points, which ranked third on the team in scoring.
The Quakers share the Ivy League title with Harvard. It’s the first time in 11 years Penn has won the Ancient Eight title. The Red and Blue were ranked 20th by womensfieldhockey.com and received votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll for the seventh week in a roll. Penn finished the 2004 season with a 13-4 record after winning eight straight games. The 13 wins by the Quakers this season is the second most in school history and the most since 1988, while Penn’s eight-straight victories ties the school record for wins in-a-row.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications