PRINCETON, N.J. Junior defender Hilary Renna was honored by the Ivy Leagueon Tuesdayas the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first suchrecognition this season for Renna, a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection last year. She earned the distinction twice last season.
Renna’s impressive defensive game against Dartmouth last week garnered her the award. She was assigned with the task of controlling Dartmouth's potentially explosive attacker Kristen Barry. Averaging 2.4 goals per game, Barry had to wait 53 minutes to get a clear shot and score. Renna’s defensive tactics quieted the Big Green’s leading scorer and helped Penn remain undefeated in the Ivy play. In addition, Renna's solid defense allowed the Red and Blue to claim its first win in Hanover in 20 years.
Meanwhile, Rachel Manson was named to the league’s honor roll for her performance against Dartmouth. Manson scored two goals and had an assist in the victory. Helping Penn to the momentous victory in Hanover, her free position goal in the first gave the Quakers a lead that they never relinquished. Manson now leads the team with 31 points. A playmaker, she also leads the team in assists with 12.
Renna’s honor was the third Player of the Week award for a Quaker this season, and the first Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Melissa Lehman was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week on March 4 and Manson earned the same honor on March 17.
The Quakers are back in action tonight when they travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m.