Lombard Earns Second-Team NSCAA All-Region


PHILADELPHIA - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has named its All-Region teams for the 2016 NCAA Division I women's soccer season, and University of Pennsylvania senior defender Paige Lombard was honored as a second-team selection in the Mid-Atlantic region.

This is Lombard’s second NSCAA honor at Penn since she transferred from the University of Miami; she was a third-team All-Region pick in 2015. Lombard’s second-team honor this year is the highest a Penn player has attained since Caroline Dwyer was first-team All-Region after the 2013 season.

One of this year’s captains and a first-team All-Ivy selection, Lombard started all 16 matches this season and anchored a defense that ended the year ranked 14th nationally in goal-against average (0.59) and posted eight shutouts. Perhaps most amazing, Penn did not allow a goal in the run of play for 1,351 minutes of match action, dating from August 28 to October 29. Lombard also scored three goals this season, giving her six for her Penn career. Off the field, Lombard was one of 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.

A youthful Penn team finished the 2016 season with a 9-3-4 overall record, and went 2-2-3 in Ivy League play to place fourth.