Lerner, Beck, Williams Named Women's Soccer Captains

PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania's head coach of women's soccer, Darren Ambrose, has announced the team captains for the 2011 Quakers. By a vote of their teammates, they are seniors Adrienne Lerner and Caroline Williams as well as junior Erin Beck.

"I think these three young women have a tremendous chemistry and a unique balance in how they go about leading our program," said Ambrose, who enters his 12th season at Penn in 2011. "We spent a lot of time together this spring discussing their role and what they each bring to the program. While it is not easy stepping into a role like this, they have endeared themselves to it from the start and have shown they are more than capable leaders. These three women care passionately about this program and have all had a hand in the recent success we have experienced. They will do a fantastic job."

Adrienne Lerner has been a three-year player in the midfield and defense for Penn. Last year, she played in 14 of the Quakers' 18 games and started 12 times including their NCAA Championship match with Penn State. Lerner was part of a defense that posted nine shutouts and boasted a 0.87 goals-against average. She also had seven shots, four of which were on goal. For her career, Lerner has played in 30 matches, making 15 starts.

Caroline Williams has been Penn's starting goalkeeper for each of the last two years. Last season, she played all but 25 minutes and finished with a 0.88 goals-against average and 71 saves. Williams was the Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the Penn Invitational, the Ivy League Player of the Week after her eight-save performance against Princeton that clinched the Quakers' Ivy title, and received All-Ivy honorable mention at the end of the season. For her career, Williams has 13 shutouts, a 0.99 GAA, and 142 saves.

Erin Beck played in 13 of Penn's 18 matches last year, starting nine and missing five to injury. A standout in the middle of the park, she scored her first collegiate goals last year in wins over Villanova and Harvard. For her career, Beck has played 27 matches and made 11 starts.

Penn -- which begins preseason practices today -- went 9-7-2 overall last season, and gained its second outright Ivy League title in four years with a 4-1-2 conference mark. In the NCAA Championship, the Red and Blue lost a hard-fought first-round match to Big Ten champion Penn State, 1-0, in Morgantown, W.Va. The Quakers return 14 letterwinners from last year's squad, including three who received All-Ivy recognition (Williams, senior Marin McDermott, and 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Kerry Scalora).