Nicole Black Named First-Team All-Ivy in Field Hockey

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League coaches have selected the 2007 field hockey All-Ivy team and Penn is again well-represented, earning four selections to the squad.

Senior forward Nicole Black was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. Black’s 11 goals were a team-high and the most by a Quaker since 2003. She had four two-goal games, finding the back of the cage against Dartmouth (9/29), Lock Haven (10/5), Yale (10/19) and Brown (10/27). Four of her goals were game-winners for the Quakers.

Head coach Val Cloud was effusive in her praise of Black.

“Nicole had one of the best scoring seasons in the history of Penn field hockey,” she said, “She kept us in the running for the Ivy League title up until the last game of the season where she scored one of the most incredible goals I have ever seen. Her great speed and skill led to her 11 goals, all of which she created in the open field.”

Joining Black as selection to the All-Ivy team are three women who were named second-team All-Ivy. Margaretha Ehret, Nicole Levi and Meghan Rose were all honored for their performance this season.

Ehret earned her first selection as All-Ivy with a strong performance in the midfield for the Quakers. She led the team in assists (6) and was third in both goals (5) and points (16).

“Greta is probably our best athlete and had a lot of versatility on the field,” Cloud said, “She provides stability on defense and is extremely creative when it comes to offense. She has several open field assists and always seems to find an open teammate. She definitely has the ability to control the tempo of a game.”

For the second year in a row, Levi was honored as second-team All-Ivy. She started all 17 games for the Red and Blue, leading a defense that posted two shutout victories on the season.

“Nikki has developed into a tenacious defender,” Cloud said about her senior, “She is relentless and rarely gets beaten due to her speed and positioning. Her passing skills were instrumental to starting our offensive attack. It is really nice to see a defender who doesn’t light up the scoresheet be recognized for keeping the opponents off it as well.”

Rose finished second on the team in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18). She took four penalty strokes this season and scored on all of them. She ends her career tied for fifth all-time in assists for Penn with 17.

“As a co-captain of our team, Meghan was a great leader both on and off the field,” Cloud said, “Meghan’s vision, competitiveness and discipline have made her a vital part of our starting lineup for the last three seasons. She set a Penn record by scoring on all four of her penalty strokes this year.”

The full release outlining the 2007 All-Ivy team can be found here.