PHILADELPHIA - Junior Emma Spiro captured co-Ivy League Player of the Year honors, while freshman Erin Brennan won the distinction as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year for their efforts in guiding the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team to its third straight NCAA Tournament and third consecutive Ivy League title. In addition to Spiro and Brennan, five other Quakers earned All-Ivy honors as announced by the League office Wednesday.
A three-time Ivy Player of the Week, Spiro picks up Co-Player of the Year honors after emerging as the complete midfielder for the Quakers. She is second on the team in goals and fourth in total points, but it is a defensive tenacity that defines her. A controlled positional defender, Spiro tied for the team lead in caused turnovers. The Tewaaraton nominee also led the Ivy champions in ground balls (29) and draw controls (45). Spiro follows in the footsteps of Sarah Waxman (2008) and Wendy DiDomenico (1989) as the third Penn player to receive the award.
Brennan is the fifth Quaker to ever receive the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award, teammate Ali DeLuca earned the distinction in 2007. This year's winner is third on the team in scoring and has directed the draw to help Penn win 56 percent of the draws.
As Player of the Year, Spiro was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy First Team along with senior Hilary Renna. Four of the 12 first-teamers were members of the Red and Blue as juniors Ali DeLuca and Courtney Lubbe also represented Penn as First Team All-Ivy honorees.
In addition to being the top rookie in the Ivy League, Brennan joined senior Becca Edwards on the All-Ivy Second Team. Junior defender Kaileigh Wright earned honorable mention recognition.
Spiro shares Ivy Player of the Year honors with Princeton's Holly McGarvie.
The Quakers start play in the NCAA Tournament Sunday. As the No. 4 seed, Penn hosts Fairfield at 1 p.m. at Drexel's Vidas Field. Click here for directions. Gates open at noon. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available the day of the game or in advance by clicking here.