PHILADELPHIA--Penn swept the weekly Ivy League honors with juniors Emma Spiro and Emily Szelest as the offensive and defensive players of the week. It was the first time this season Penn swept the weekly honors, but the fifth consecutive week a Quaker has been honored.
To earn herthird weekly honor of the season, Spiro scored her fifth hat trick of the season against Northwestern, helping Penn hold a lead at half-time. It was the first time this season the Wildcats had trailed at the half. Spiro was efficient, scoring on every shot she took and collected one ground ball. The goals gave her 30 points on the season and set her as the fourth leading point-scorer on Penn’s roster. Her 27 goals are second-best on the team.
Szelest's first weekly honor of her career came after she had the unenviable assignment of quelling a potent Northwestern attack. The No. 1 Wildcats entered the game averaging nearly 19 goals a game and the junior keeper kept them to just 11 -- the lowest output of the season for the women from Evanston, Ill. Although the Quakers fell, 11-9, in the rematch of the 2008 National Championship, Szelest and the Penn defense still boast the lowest goals-against average in the country at 5.25.
Spiro, Szelest and the Quakers will close out the regular season with senior day at Franklin Field, Saturday, May 2 against Stanford.