Fuccello Leads Women's Soccer Players to All-Ivy Honors

2009 All-Ivy Women's Soccer Teams

PHILADELPHIA -Senior Jessica Fuccello led a parade of six Penn women's soccer players on the All-Ivy teams, which were voted on by the league's eight head coaches and announced by the conference office on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Fuccello, who was tops among Ivy players in goals and points this season, was a first-team selection. She scored 16 goals this season, which tied a school record, and finished her career with 36 goals which is second all-time behind Katy Cross (50 from 2001-04). This was Fuccello's second time receiving first-team All-Ivy; she was also honored in 2007. (Fuccello was injured and missed almost all of the 2008 season)

Two other seniors, Michelle Drugan and Jess Rothenheber, received second-team All-Ivy along with junior Sarah Friedman. Junior Kaitlin Campbell and sophomore Marin McDermott received honorable mention.

Drugan earned her first All-Ivy honor after scoring a career-high four goals and 12 points this season; both totals were third among Penn players.

Rothenheber led the Quakers with five assists and added a goal for seven points this season. She finished her career with 16 assists, which is tied for fourth all-time at Penn. This was Rothenheber's third time receiving second-team All-Ivy.

Friedman, a first-team honoree a year ago as a sophomore, had two goals and two assists in 2009. She will enter her senior season with 22 career assists, which is tied for second in Penn's record book (behind Katy Cross, who had 25).

Campbell picked up her first postseason conference honor after anchoring a defense that allowed just 20 goals this season, a 1.21 goals-against average. The Quakers also collected six shutouts on the season.

McDermott earned her second honorable mention in as many seasons at Penn; she was second on the team with six goals and 13 points, including game-winners in Ivy games against Cornell and Brown.

Yale junior Becky Brown received Ivy League Player of the Year honors; she was the only unanimous first-team selection, as well. Princeton's Allison Nabatoff and Yale Kristen Forster shared Rookie of the Year honors.

Under 10th-year head coach Darren Ambrose, Penn finished the season at 10-4-2, reaching double digits in wins for the seventh time in program history. The Quakers went 4-3-0 in Ivy play, finishing third.