PHILADELPHIA - The ECAC has announced its All-Star teams for the 2015 softball season, and the University of Pennsylvania is represented by a pair of players. Freshman Jurie Joyner was named first-team ECAC All-Star as a designated player, while junior Lauren Li earned a second-team nod as a utility player.
Joyner and Li are two of just three Ivy League players named to the ECAC All-Star squads; the only other one was Dartmouth's Katie McEachern, a second-team pick at shortstop.
Joyner adds the ECAC honor to her Ivy League Rookie of the Year and unanimous first-team All-Ivy recogntions. She led the Ivy League with 33 runs batted in, which was the seventh-most in Penn softball history, and also finished third in the Ivies with a .387 batting average. The freshman led Penn with six home runs, and had 11 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games in 40 appearances.
Li, meanwhile, also was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick -- her third All-Ivy selection in as many seasons -- and earned two Ivy League Player of the Week honors in her final season. One of this year's captains who was voted the team's MVP, she hit .375 which was second on the team (behind Joyner) and fourth among Ivy players. Li also had 29 RBI, good for third among Ivy players, and scored 31 runs. She had 13 multi-hit games this season.
Penn finished the season with a 22-20 overall record, and went 13-7 in Ivy League play to capture its third-straight South Division title. The Quakers fell to Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series, played in Hanover, N.H.