Field Hockey's Lea Salese Earns City 6 MVP Honors

Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania junior Lea Salese was named Philadelphia City 6 Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Philadelphia team along with senior Liz Lorelli, sophomore Elizabeth Schlossberg and freshman Melissa Black.

Salese was named first-team STX/NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic and first-team All-Ivy in 2004. Salese scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Saint Joseph’s to give the Red and Blue their first city victory of the season and she tallied one of four goals against Temple. The Livingston, N.J. native scored five goals and two assists for 12 points, which ranked third on the team in scoring. She was also named to the All-Philadelphia team last season.

Salese’s selection as MVP marks the second-consecutive year a Quaker was honored with the award. Lorelli earned the distinction last year as she led the Quakers to the first-ever Philly City 6 title.

Lorelli garnered her second All-Philadelphia selection in 2004. 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. She scored two goals against Temple and added three assists in city matches. The Greenwich, Conn. native is a two-time all-regional and three-time All-Ivy recipient.

Both Black and Schlossberg earned their first All-Philadelphia honors. Black was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and to the womesfieldhockey.com All-Rookie Squad, and earned second-team All-Ivy honors. Schlossberg garnered second-team STX/NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic honors and unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors. Schlossberg recorded two shutouts against Philly City 6 opponents and allowed only two goals in four games. The Chevy Chase, Md. native ranked second in the nation in save percentage (.828) and fifth in the nation in goals against average (.890).

Penn concluded the 2004 season with a 13-4 record and earned a share of the Ivy League Championship going 6-1 in Ancient Eight action. The Quakers finished third in the Philly City 6 standings with a 3-1 record.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications