PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League and ECAC have announced its weekly honors for women's soccer, and Penn senior Jessica Fuccello has been named the Player of the Week by both organization's. This marks the third time Fuccello has received the Ivy honor this season, and thesecond time she has been honored by the ECAC.
Fuccello's honors were well-deserved following her performance Sunday against Dartmouth. The senior scored three goals and assisted on another in the first 25 minutes as Penn jumped out to a 4-1 lead en route to a 5-1 victory. The hat trick -- her third this season -- gives Fuccello an Ivy League-leading 16 goals on the season, which ties the program's single-season mark originally set by Katy Cross in 2003. (Penn has three matches remaining this season)
Fuccello also scored in Penn's 3-0 midweek win over Binghamton, and has scored in seven of the Quakers' last eight matches. Despite missing essentially her entire junior year to injury -- she saw limited time in two matches -- Fuccello has 36 career goals which is second all-time at Penn behind Cross (50).
Senior Jess Rothenheber was also honored by the Ivy League on Monday, earning a spot on the weekly honor roll. Rothenheber had a goal and two assists in the Quakers' win over Binghamton, then added another assist Sunday vs. Dartmouth. Overall, she has four assists in Penn's last three games.
With an 8-3-2 overall record, Penn has guaranteed itself a winning season, something the Quakers have had in every one of Darren Ambrose's 10 years as head coach. This Saturday, the Quakers host Yale at 5 p.m. in the first half of a women's/men's Ivy League doubleheader with the Bulldogs.