PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy teams for the 2016 women’s soccer season, and the University of Pennsylvania had four women who earned honors from the Ancient Eight coaches. Senior Paige Lombard and freshman Emily Sands were first-team All-Ivy picks, while sophomore Allie Trzaska and freshman Emma Loving received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition.
One of the team captains this year, Lombard earned her second first-team All-Ivy selection in as many years. She started all 16 matches this season and anchored a defense that ended the regular season ranked 13th nationally in goal-against average (0.59) and posted eight shutouts. Perhaps most amazing, Penn did not allow a goal in the run of play for 1,351 minutes of match action, dating from August 28 to October 29. Lombard also scored three goals this season. In addition to her first-team All-Ivy honors a year ago, she also was third-team NSCAA All-Region and second-team ECAC All-Star.
Sands is one of just two freshmen to earn first-team All-Ivy recognition. The midfielder, a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, played in all 16 matches this season and started 15 of them. She tied for the team lead in points (14) and assists (6), and was tied for second on the team with four goals. Sands also led the team in shots and shots on goal.
Trzaska earns honorable mention recognition for the second time in her two years wearing the Red and Blue. The sophomore midfielder played in all 16 matches, starting all but one. She finished with two goals and four assists for 18 points, with the goals coming in Ivy matches against Cornell and Brown.
Loving joined Sands in the lineup as a starter for 15 of Penn’s 16 matches. She led the Quakers with six goals, three of which were match-winners, and was third with 12 points. Loving was second on the team in shots (33) and shots on goal (16).
Harvard senior Midge Purce was voted as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career, while Brown goalkeeper Christine Etzel was the Defensive Player of the Year and Yale’s Aerial Chavarin was the Rookie of the Year. Harvard’s Chris Hamblin took Coach of the Year honors after leading the Crimson to the Ivy title.
Under second-year head coach Nicole Van Dyke, Penn finished the 2016 season with a 9-3-4 overall record, the three losses being the third-fewest in the 26-year history of the program. The Quakers went 2-2-3 in Ivy League play.