Six Earn All-Ivy in Women's Soccer

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League announced its All-Ivy teams for women’s soccer Wednesday morning, and the University of Pennsylvania was well-represented with six student-athletes earning honors. It marked just the second time the Quakers have had six women earn All-Ivy in the same season; the other time it happened was 1997.

Senior defender Robin Watson was a first-team All-Ivy pick for the third time in her career. Watson becomes just the second Penn player to receive first-team honors three times (her former teammate, Katy Cross C’05, was a four-time honoree).

Senior Carolyn Cross -- who led the Quakers with seven goals and tied for team-high honors with 17 points -- was a second-team All-Ivy selection, along with freshman midfielder Natalie Capuano. It was the first All-Ivy honor for Cross, while Capuano was one of just three freshmen to earn a spot on the first or second teams.

Three Penn players were honorable mention selections: senior goalkeeper Jessica Keeley, junior defender Tracy Bienenfeld and sophomore midfielder Rachel Fletcher. Keeley backstopped the Quakers and had a goals-against average below 1.00, while Bienenfield helped Watson anchor the middle of the Penn defense. Fletcher, meanwhile, tied Cross for the team lead with 17 points on six goals and a team-high five assists.

“I think it was a fair representation of our team,” said Penn Head Coach Darren Ambrose, who recently completed his sixth season by guiding the Quakers to a 9-6-2 record including a 2-3-2 mark in the Ivy League. “I am especially proud of Robin -- to be a three-time first-team All-Ivy selection is quite an accomplishment. I am also pleased for the other players, because it rewards their hard work this season. I think we had a lot of solid players on this team, and I am happy to see the other conference coaches recognize that.”

Only one other team had more players earn All-Ivy than Penn -- Yale, which won the conference championship and had seven women honored. Princeton had the only two players who received unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Diana Matheson and Ivy League Player of the Year Emily Behncke. Yale freshman Crysti Howser was the Ivy Rookie of the Year.

The 2005 All-Ivy Women’s Soccer Teams are listed below.

First Team All-Ivy
F -- *Emily Behncke, Princeton (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.)
F -- Sarah Johnson, Dartmouth (Jr., Shorewood, Minn.)
M -- *Diana Matheson, Princeton (So., Oakville, Ont.)
M -- Crysti Howser, Yale (Fr., Wilmette, Ill.)
M -- Christina Huang, Yale (Jr., Potomac, Md.)
M -- Laurel Karnes, Yale (Sr., Omaha, Neb.)
D -- Eleni Benson, Yale (Sr., Willington, Conn.)
D -- Sara Sedgwick, Harvard (Sr., Newton, Mass.)
D -- Romy Trigg-Smith, Princeton (Sr., Kailua, Hawaii)
D -- Robin Watson, Penn (Sr., Hamilton, Mass.)
GK -- Katie Shields, Harvard (Sr., Dana Point, Calif.)
*Unanimous selection

Second Team All-Ivy
F -- Carolyn Cross, Penn (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.)
F -- Emma Whitfield, Yale (Fr., Bow, Wash.)
F -- Jana Whiting, Columbia (Sr., Halifax, Mass.)
M -- Natalie Capuano, Penn (Fr., Aston, Pa.)
M -- Meghan Hurlbut, Columbia (Jr., McLean, Va.)
M -- Kara Ishikawa, Cornell (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii)
M - Megan Merritt, Harvard (So., Northridge, Calif.)
M -- Megan Wijas, Dartmouth (Sr., Southborough, Mass.)
D -- Leslie Campbell, Cornell (So., Sacramento, Calif.)
D -- Colleen Kelly, Dartmouth (Jr., Potomac, Md.)
D - Kim LaVere, Brown (Sr., Chatsworth, Calif.)
GK -- Hilary Wilson, Brown (Sr., Monterey, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
Tracy Bienenfeld, Penn (Jr., Huntingdon Valley, Pa.)
Cathleen Cimino, Columbia (So., Satellite, Fla.)
Lindsay Cunningham, Brown (Fr., Cumberland, R.I.)
Christina Ferraris, Dartmouth (Sr., Burlington, Conn.)
Rachel Fletcher, Penn (So., Littleton, Colo.)
Shannon Fraser, Cornell (Sr., Hamilton, N.Y.)
Maija Garnaas, Princeton (Sr., Alexandria, Va.)
Cassie Hamar, Columbia (Jr., Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Jessica Keeley, Penn (Sr., Morristown, N.J.)
Natasha Mann, Yale (Fr., Chevy Chase, Md.)
Jill Mansfield, Brown (Jr., East Windsor, N.J.)
Kathryn Moos, Brown (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.)
Courtney Nasshorn, Columbia (Sr., Newtown, Pa.)
Jamie Ortega, Yale (Sr., San Diego, Calif.)
Erin Wylie, Harvard (Fr., Pleasanton, Calif.)

Player of the Year
Emily Behncke, Princeton (Sr., F, Williamsburg, Va.)

Rookie of the Year
Crysti Howser, Yale (Fr., M, Wilmette, Ill.)