PRINCETON, N.J. – Three University of Pennsylvania field hockey student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding seasons on Tuesday when the Ivy League released their All-Ivy honorees for the 2016 season. Alexa Hoover, Paige Meily and Alexa Schneck were all chosen as the best of the best following the conclusion of the regular season.
Alexa Hoover (Jr. Collegeville, Pa.) earned her third-straight First-Team All-Ivy laurels with today’s announcement and became the fifth Quaker in program history to earn unanimous votes. Hoover capped an outstanding season where she tied for first in the Ivy League in goals (15) and points (37), and added an additional seven assists to help Penn to an 11-6 overall record. Earlier in the year, Hoover broke a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981 to become Penn’s all-time leading goal scorer (56) and point leader (131). Additionally, she was twice chosen as the Ivy League Player of the Week during the course of 2016. For her career, Hoover has started in all 50 games over the past three seasons and has registered 56 goals and 19 assists for 131 points.
Paige Meily (So. State College, Pa.) earned All-Ivy honors today with her appointment to the Second-Team. Meily was a mainstay on the Penn defense throughout the season and made the switch to center back midway through the year which proved to be a pivotal move in the Quakers season. Meily played all but six minutes in 2016, clocking 1,277 minutes on the pitch to lead the Red and Blue and was the stick-stopper on the Quaker penalty corner unit. For the season, she recorded seven assists to tie for second place in the conference in the category.
Alexa Schneck (Fr. Reading, Pa.) was also chosen as a Second-Team All-Ivy honoree in today’s announcement to cap a terrific first season with the Quakers. Schneck started all 17 games during her freshman season and notched three goals and four assists for 10 points. Three of those scores were game-winners in victories against LIU Brooklyn, Dartmouth (2OT), and Columbia. Additionally, Schneck was also a key member of the Quaker penalty corner unit and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Oct. 10.
The Quakers ended their season with an 11-6 overall record and 4-3 mark in Ivy League games to tie for third place in the conference standings. All three Penn All-Ivy selections return for the 2017 season as each has eligibility remaining in their Penn athletic careers.
First Team All-Ivy
Katarina Angus, Brown (Sr., D – West Vancourver, B.C.)
Maddie Bacskai, Princeton (Fr., D - Berwyn, Pa.)
*Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Sr., F - Severna Park, Md.)
*Cat Caro, Princeton (Sr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
*Alexa Hoover, Penn (Jr., F – Collegeville, Pa.)
Emilie Katz, Yale (Sr., GK – Newtown, Mass.)
Ryan McCarthy, Princeton (Jr., F - Madison, N.J.)
Sam McILwrick, Cornell (Jr., D - Coquitlam, B.C.).
Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Sr., F - Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Katy Weeks, Cornell (Sr., M – Kenilworth, Ill.)
*Bente van Vlijmen, Harvard (Fr., M – Zeist, The Netherlands)
Second Team All-Ivy
Kiwi Comizio, Yale (Jr., D – New Vernon, N.J.)
Kyla Cordrey, Harvard (Sr., M/D – Summit, N.J.)
Maeve Doherty, Columbia (Jr., D - Millersville, Md.)
Lucy Green, Brown (Sr., M – Providence, R.I.)
Katie Hammaker, Brown (So., GK – Ephrata, Pa.)
Libby Manela, Harvard (So., GK – Houston, Texas)
Krysten Mayers, Cornell (Jr., F – Parsippany, N.J.)
Paige Meily, Penn (So., M/D – State College, Pa.)
Carol Middough, Yale (Jr., F/M – Oceanport, N.J.)
Morgan Philie, Dartmouth (Jr., D – West Friendship, Md.)
Alexa Schneck, Penn (Fr., D – Reading, Pa.)
Sarah Tabeek, Dartmouth (Jr., M - Quincy, Mass.)
Sophia Tornetta, Princeton (So., F – Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
Kathleen Young, Harvard (So., F – Essex Junction, Vt.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Ellie Cookson, Harvard (Jr., M – Oakville, Ontario)
Emily Duarte, Harvard (So., M – Rye, N.Y.)
Louisa Holland, Columbia (Fr., M/D – Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Jaclyn Torres, Brown (Sr., F/M – Andover, Mass.)
Elise Wong, Princeton (So., M/D – Lake Forest, Ill.)
Offensive Player of the Year
Cat Caro – Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year
Emilie Katz – Yale
Rookie of the Year
*Bente van Vlijmen – Harvard
Coach of the Year
*Tjerk van Herwaarden – Harvard