Six Players Earn All-Ivy in Women's Soccer

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy teams for women’s soccer, and conference champion Penn has been honored with six players receiving All-Ivy recognition from the Ancient Eight coaches. Only runner-up Yale had as many womenearn All-Ivyas the Quakers.

Junior midfield Natalie Capuano and sophomore forward Jessica Fuccello were two of the four players in the league to be unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections. Sophomore midfielders Jess Rothenheber and Mara Fintzi were second-team honorees, while junior Eileen Larkin and freshman Sarah Friedman were honorable mention All-Ivy.

"It is alwaysnice to see our players honored by the Ivy coaches," said head coach Darren Ambrose. "Ultimately, the goal is to have a season like we had -- winningthe Ivy title, and earning an NCAA bid. If you have that kind of success,you hopeyour players will be recognized for their efforts. I am proud to see six of our women on the All-Ivy teams."

Capuano earned her second-straight first-team All-Ivy honor this season, anchoring a midfield and defense that led the Quakers to the Ivy title. A member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team pool, she had three goals on the season, and helped a Penn defense that allowed just 15 goals in 18 matches with seven shutouts.

Fuccello -- a second-team All-Ivy selection last year as a freshman -- led the Ivy League in overall goals (11) and points (26), and both of those totals tied her for fifth on Penn’s single-season list. She scored her 11 goals in 10 different matches, and had the first Penn goal in four separate Ivy games. Through two seasons, Fuccello has 20 career goals which places her fifth on Penn’s all-time list.

Rothenheber -- who earned her second-straight second-team nod -- finished in a tie for first among Ivy players in overall assists (9), a total that is tied for second on Penn’s single-season record. She also scored five goals for 19 overall points. Fintzi received her first All-Ivy recognition after finishing third on the team in overall scoring, with four goals and six assists for 16 points.

Larkin and Friedman join Fintzi as first-time honorees by the League coaches; Larkin was one of the anchors of a defense that posted seven shutouts and allowedmore than one goal in just two matches all season. Friedman was a regular starter in the midfield as a freshman, and finished the season with a goal and five assists for seven overall points.

The Ivy coaches voted Princeton’s Diana Matheson the Ivy League Player of the Year, and Harvard’s Katherine Sheeleigh the Ivy Rookie of the Year. Matheson and Yale’s Maggie Westfal joined Capuano and Fuccello as unanimous first-team selections.

Penn saw its season come to a close last weekend in the NCAA College Cup first round, where the Quakers lost 2-0 to James Madison. Penn finished the season 13-4-1 overall and won its first outright Ivy League title with a 6-1-0 mark. The Quakers put all this together with a roster that had no seniors on it.

THE 2007 ALL-IVY WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAMS

First Team
*Jessica Fuccello, Penn (So., F, Bricktown, N.J.)
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard (Fr., F, New Vernon, N.J.)
*Maggie Westfal, Yale (Jr., F, New Canaan, Conn.)
*Natalie Capuano, Penn (Jr., M, Aston, Pa.)
*Diana Matheson, Princeton (Sr., M, Oakville, Ont.)
Sophie Reiser, Columbia (So., M, Seattle, Wash.)
Cathleen Cimino, Columbia (Sr., D, Satellite, Fla.)
Sophia Merrifield, Yale (Sr., D, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Lizzy Nichols, Harvard (So., D, Princeton, N.J.)
Annie Stanley, Dartmouth (Sr., D, Winnetka, Ill.)
Susan Starr, Yale (Sr., GK, Fairfield, Conn.)
* Unanimous selection

Second Team
Lindsay Cunningham, Brown (Jr., F, Cumberland, R.I.)
Mara Fintzi, Penn (So., F, Belmont, Calif.)
Allison Hubbard, Dartmouth (So., M, Marshfield, Mass.)
Katherine Macauley, Yale (Fr., M, Wilton, Conn.)
Jess Rothenheber, Penn (So., M, Chalfont, Pa.)
Gina Wideroff, Harvard (Fr., M, Boca Raton, Fla.)
Anne Friedland, Brown (Sr., D, Toronto, Ont.)
Mary Kuder, Yale (Sr., D, Seattle, Wash.)
Natalia Mann, Yale (Jr., D, Chevy Chase, Md.)
Taylor Numann, Princeton (Jr., D, Campbell, Calif.)
Melissa Whitley, Princeton (Sr., D, Silver Spring, Md.)
Lauren Mann, Harvard (So., GK, Encinitas, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
Bridget Ballard, Brown (So., M, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Rebecca Brown, Yale (Fr., F, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Leslie Campbell, Cornell (Sr., D, Sacramento, Calif.)
Eva Dixon, Cornell (So., F, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sarah Friedman, Penn (Fr., M, Villanova, Pa.)
Maggie Goldstein, Dartmouth (So., F, Hillsborough, Calif.)
Lindsey Knowles, Columbia (Sr., M, McLean, Va.)
Eileen Larkin, Penn (Jr., D, Troy, Mich.)
Nichole Rhodes, Harvard (Jr., D, Mendham, N.J.)
Lena Russomagno, Cornell (Fr., M, Wilmington, Del.)
Myra Sack, Dartmouth (So., M, Wynnewood, Pa.)
Julia Shapira, Brown (Sr., M, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Allison Vespa, Columbia (Sr., GK, Franklin Lakes, N.J.)

Player of the Year
Diana Matheson, Princeton

Rookie of the Year
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard