PHILADELPHIA - On the eve of the team's first appearance in the NCAA final four, six members of the Penn women's lacrosse team have been named all-region by the IWLCA, the coaches' association announced Wednesday.
The Quakers dominated the Mid-Atlantic region teams, placing five on the first team: attackers Chrissy Muller and Rachel Manson, midfielder Ali DeLuca, defender Hilary Renna and goalkeeper Sarah Waxman. Defender Karen Jann was named to the second team.
All six are now eligible for IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America honors, which will be announced on May 29. Six is the highest number of honorees in program history, surpassing last season's four selections.
Muller, a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection, has had a fantastic senior season as Penn’s top playmaker. Muller leads the team with 47 points on22 goals and 25 assists, and this season moved into second-place all-time at Penn in assists with 71. She is also second in the team with 23 draw controls.
Renna had a breakout season, shining at low defense and earning a spot on the 17-member Tewaaraton nominee list of the nation’s best players. A unanimous First-Team All-Ivy honoree, Renna has been charged with defending the nation’s best attackers, and held the country’s two leading scorers, Ivy League Player of the Year Lauren Taylor of Yale and Johns Hopkins’ Mary Key, to a goal each.
Waxman was unanimously named the Ancient Eight’s best goalie after a brilliant junior season that had her among the nation's best in goals-against (6.15, second) and save percentage (.536, sixth). Waxman has helped Penn hold its opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 15 of 17 games played.
DeLuca, the unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year,shined in the midfield,breaking the 27 year-oldPenn freshman goals record with 34 tallies. Also aSecond-Team All-Ivy selection, DeLuca startedevery game, debuting with a hat trick, and leads the team in shots (93) and is second in goals.
Manson, a junior attacker, was aSecond-Team All-Ivy honoree afterleading the team with 36 goals. She has proven to be Penn’s most reliable scorer, notching three game-winning goals and scoring on50 percent of her shots.
Jann, a senior defender, was a Second-Team All-Ivy member who helped anchor the nation’s second-best defense, allowing just 6.25 goals per game. A four-year starter on the backline, Jann leads the team with 13 caused turnovers.
Penn will take on top-seeded Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. at Franklin Field.
2007 IWLCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team
Katie Batiuk, M, Sr., Rutgers
Ali DeLuca, M, Fr., Penn
Hillary Fratzke, M, So., Towson
Kimberly Hillier, A, Sr., Hofstra
Kerry Kelly, M, Sr., Drexel
Mary Key, A, Sr., Johns Hopkins
Katie Lewis-Lamonica, M, Jr., Princeton
Rachel Manson, A, Jr., Penn
Casey McGrath, M, Sr., Hofstra
Kathleen Miller, A, Sr., Princeton
Chrissy Muller, A, Sr., Penn
Katie Muth, M, Sr., Delaware
Norris Novak, D, Jr., Princeton
Hilary Renna, D, So., Penn
Kristen Stone, D, Jr., Loyola
Sarah Waxman, GK, Jr., Penn
Katie Degen, M, Sr., Monmouth
Nicole Flego, A, Fr., Delaware
Nina Frankoski, A, So., Rutgers
Allison Frengs, M, Sr., Temple
Emily Hoesch, M, Sr., Drexel
Karen Jann, D, Sr., Penn
Lauren LaBella, GK, So., Drexel
Kate Lombard, M, Sr., Columbia
Marisa Marcellino, A, Jr., Columbia
Cherie Michaud, D, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Hillary Richards, D, Jr., Temple
Lauren Schwarzmann, M, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Debbie Sloan, A, So., Delaware
Kadie Stamper, M, Jr., Johns Hopkins
Becky Thorn, A, Sr., Hofstra
Shannon Witzel, M, Sr., Towson