PHILADELPHIA - Five members of the Penn women's lacrosse team have been named All-Ivy League.
Senior defender Kate Parker earned first team honors, senior attacker Ali Ryan, sophomore midfielder Allison Ambrozy and senior defender Lauren McDermott were second-teamers, and junior midfielder Chrissy Muller is an honorable mention selection. Penn's five recipients is the most for the team since five Quakers made it in 1994.
Parker, a three-time All-Ivy recipient, started all 16 games on defense and had 17 ground balls and as many caused turnovers. A tenacious defender,the co-captainalso took care of the ball,comitting justseven turnovers all season, including four through the first 15 games. She went nine-straight games without a turnover this season. Parker was previously honored as an honorable mention All-Ivy (2005) and second team All-Ivy (2004), and was an IWLCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection in 2004.
Ryan was the team's leading goalscorer, tallying 24 goals during the season. A team co-captain, she had nine multi-goal games, and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on March 6 after leading Penn to a 3-0 start with eight goals over three games. A three-year starter, Ryan graduates from Penn with 64 career goals.
Ambrozyenjoyed a breakout sophomore season in the midfield, and was among the leaders in virtually every statistical category on the team. She led the Quakers in draw controls (29), ground balls (25), and caused turnovers (20) and scored 19 points with nine assists. She ended the season with a bang, scoring six goals over the final three games, including a hat trick and the late game-winner at Syracuse on May 7.
McDermott earns her first All-Ivy honor after starting every game on defense. A team co-captain, McDermott collected 22 ground balls, had 14 caused turnovers and eight draw controls. As one of two seniors anchoring the backline, she helped Penn hold opponents to 310 shots while having a +38 goal differential.
Muller had a fantastic 2006, leading the team with 35 points on 19 goals and a team-high 16 assists. She posted three hat tricks during the season and had four games with at least four points. Muller posted 20 draw controls, 17 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers for the year. In the season finale at Syracuse, Muller had three goals and an assist in becoming just the 10th player in program history to score 100 career points. She is also third on the program's all-time assist list with 46 helpers.
The Quakers ended the 2006 campaign at 10-6 overall.