PHILADELPHIA -The Ivy League has announced its inaugural weekly awards for the 2009 women's soccer season, and Penn senior Jessica Fuccello was named the Player of the Week.
The award should come as no surprise, as Fuccello announced her arrival back in Penn's lineup with five goals in a 2-0-0 weekend for the Quakers. Fuccello -- who led the Ivy League in scoring in 2007 but missed almost all of last year with injuries -- scored in the Quakers' season opener against George Mason as Penn knocked off the unbeaten Patriots, 3-1.
On Sunday night, she figured in all five goals in the Quakers' 5-2 win over a La Salle team that entered the contest 4-0-1 on the season and had shut out its four previous opponents. Penn's first goal against the Explorers came on a penalty kick after Fuccello was fouled in the La Salle box (the PK was taken by teammate Michelle Drugan). Fuccello then scored the next four Quaker goals, in the process tying a school record originally set by Rachelle Snyder in 2001 and matched by Katy Cross in 2003.
Fuccello has now scored 25 goals in her career which is tied for third on Penn's all-time list with Darah Ross (1994-97). Fuccello also has 59 points which is tied for fourth all-time with Jill Callaghan (1996-99). Fuccello needs two more points to move into third all-time ahead of Callaghan and Kellianne Toland (1997-2000).
Harvard's Caroline Albanese was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.