PHILADELPHIA - No. 5 Penn needed a strong defensive effort in Saturday's game at Yale as goals were hard to come by in an eventual 7-5 win for the Quakers. The Red and Blue turned to senior defender Kaileigh Wright and she responded, shutting down Yale's leading scorer. For her efforts, Wright was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, the first such honor of her career.
A honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2009, Wright kept Yale's Devon Rhodes off the scoresheet on Saturday. Entering the contest, Rhodes was Yale's leading scorer, with 13 goals and 18 total points in six games. Wright's efforts in New Haven kept Rhodes off the scoreboard for the first time all season. Wright also came away with one ground ball in the win, giving her at least one in all seven of Penn's games in 2010.
On Wednesday, in Penn's 14-0 shutout of Saint Joseph's, Wright was instrumental in keeping the Hawks off the scoreboard. She caused one turnover and scooped up two ground balls in the win.
Wright and the Quakers are back on the field Mar. 24 against Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m.