Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA – After sweeping through the Ivy League to secure a seventh consecutive Ancient Eight championship, Penn topped all Ivy teams and received six All-Ivy nods on Wednesday in addition to a bit of history for Shannon Mangini.
Mangini, a junior from Garden City, N.Y. was selected as the first-ever Ivy League Midfielder of the Year in a vote by the League’s coaches. After traditionally voting on Player and Rookie of the Year, a move was made by the Ivy head coaches to align postseason awards more closely with the national awards which are on a position-by-position basis and Mangini’s clutch run through the Ivy season locked up her selection as the best midfielder in the conference.
Also named unanimous first-team All-Ivy, Mangini has set a career high with 22 goals this season. 18 of her 22 goals have come in Ivy League games, including three game-winning goals which is tops on the Quakers. When the game has been on the line this season, Mangini has been at her best – and maybe the best a Quaker has ever been. Twice, she has scored the game-tying goal in an Ivy contest in the waning moments to send it to an overtime where Penn would eventually win. Three times this season, Mangini has scored a goal in overtime – the most ever by a Penn player in a single season. This marks the first All-Ivy selection for Mangini.
Mangini was joined as a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection by Meg Markham and Lucy Ferguson. Both first-time All-Ivy choices, the two have helped Penn to the fewest goals allowed (130) by an Ivy team and the second-best goals-against average (9.03) in the regular season. In its seven Ivy League games, Penn allowed just 55 goals and posted a team GAA of 7.53.
Ferguson played every minute of every Ivy League game for the Quakers, going undefeated including three overtime wins. Her 7.53 GAA was lowest among goalies that started all seven of their team’s Ivy games. She also led the Ivy League in saves (58) and save percentage (.513) in Ivy games. In a season where Penn played the most overtime games in program history, Ferguson allowed just one goal in overtime, making three saves.
Meg Markham often drew the toughest defensive matchup for the Quakers, being called upon to shut down opposing teams’ top attackers. She leads the team in ground balls with 26 and is tops among primary defenders in caused turnovers with 11.
Three of Penn’s senior captains were also named All-Ivy after concluding their four-year careers with a fourth Ivy League title.
Leading scorer Meredith Cain was named second-team All-Ivy, her second All-Ivy selection after earning honorable mention status last season. She has posted 35 points this season, tying for the team lead in points during Ivy games with 20. Her finest game of the season was a four-goal, six-point, five-draw control game against Cornell on March 24 in an overtime win. Two of her 14 goals in Ivy games have been game-winners, including one in overtime as Penn clinched an outright Ivy title at Brown on April 20.
Maddie Poplawski picked up her third career All-Ivy honor with second-team All-Ivy distinction at midfield. She was also named first-team All-Ivy in 2012 and honorable mention All-Ivy in 2011. Poplawski set a career high with 14 caused turnovers this season, averaging just under one-per-game in Ivy contests. She won 40 total draws this season, setting a new Ivy League career record with 172 entering the postseason.
Caroline Bunting is the fourth first-time All-Ivy selection for the Quakers this season as the senior earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy distinction from the coaches. Second on the team with 25 points, Bunting scored 13 goals during Ivy League games while adding seven assists. Against Yale on March 16, she scored a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists.
The three first-team All-Ivy selections and six total All-League nods match the awards Penn received last year.
The Quakers will again host the Ivy League Tournament as the top seed and will take on fourth-seeded Cornell on Friday with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. #2 Princeton and #3 Dartmouth will start the semifinals at 4 p.m. at Franklin Field. The winners will meet Sunday at noon to decide the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.