Ten Student-Athletes Tabbed Fall Academic All-Ivy

PRINCETON, N.J. – With the completion of the fall season, the Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected as the 2014-15 Academic All-Ivy recipients and ten individuals, five men and five women, from the University of Pennsylvania were honored. The selected Quakers were starters or key reserves on their respective teams with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Patrick Boyle (sprint football) played in all six games for Penn on the defensive line helping the Quakers to a 4-3 record while earning second-team All-Collegiate Sprint Football League honors. Finishing with 20 tackles, he tied for the team lead in sacks with 3.0, and made a season high six tackles and 1.5 sack in Penn's opening victory over Mansfield. Boyle is a mechanical engineering and applied sciences major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

MaryRose Croddick (field hockey) served as a team captain in her senior season, and capped off her four years as a Quaker starting and playing in all 68 games during of her career. This past season, Croddick was named second-team All-Ivy, anchoring the Penn defense. She totaled seven assists during the season, serving as the stick-stop on the Quakers' penalty corner plays, while also collecting four shots. Croddick is a political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Spencer Kulcsar (football) was a first-team All-Ivy wide receiver for the Penn Football team. He led the nation with 8.2 receptions per game during the regular season, and ranked third in the Ivy League and 19th in the FCS with 88.4 receiving yards per game. His 82 receptions ranked second all-time in a single-season at Penn, and his 884 receiving yards were sixth-most in school history. Kulcsar also led the Quakers and finished third in the Ivies with 1,228 all-purpose yards and was tops on the team with four receiving touchdowns. He set a school record with 16 receptions at Princeton (Nov. 8), and produced four 100-yard receiving games, including a season-high 182 yards at Cornell (Nov. 22), which ranked as eighth-most in a game at Penn.

Duke Lacroix (men’s soccer) a first-team All-Ivy and second-team NSCAA All-Region honoree this season,
Lacroix will graduate with the third-most matches played in program history and finished his career inside the top five all-time by a Penn player in both points (65) and minutes played (5,030). He began his time
in University City with an Ivy League Rookie of the Year campaign in 2011 and added Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 – making him one of six players in Ivy League history to earn Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year during a career. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Lacroix was named first-team All-Ivy - marking his fourth career All-Ivy selection. He is just the third player in program history to earn All-Ivy honors all four years.

Kaitlyn Moore (women's soccer) enjoyed a stellar final season with the women's soccer team. After missing Penn's first four games due to injury, the senior midfielder came back and played a large role as the Quakers finished the season 8-5-3 overall and tied for third in the Ivy League at 3-3-1. Moore scored three goals, which tied for the team lead, and also had an assist for seven points which was second among Penn players. She scored in each of Penn's final two matches, against Brown and at Princeton, and helped the Red and Blue end the season on a four-match unbeaten streak.

Conner Paez (men’s cross country), a biology major with a chemistry minor, earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors and 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area. He finished the 10k course second for Penn at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in 23rd with a time of 30:47, his personal best finish at regionals. At Heps this year, Paez helped the Red and Blue to their best finish and lowest score at the meet since 2007. He ran a personal best at Heps with a time of 24:53.3, was the second runner from Penn to finish, and was one place shy of earning second-team All-Ivy with his placing of 15th. Also this season, Paez led the Quakers to a first-place finish of 15 points at the Big 5 Invitational.

Austin Powell (men’s golf) was Penn's low scorer at three of five events this fall, and took individual medalist honors at the Quechee Club Invitational hosted by Dartmouth in October. Powell also tied for second at Yale's Macdonald Cup, tied for fifth at both the City Six Shootout (which Penn won as a team)
and the Cornell Invitational; and tied for 14th at the Temple Invitational. In 10 rounds this fall, Powell had a 72.6 stroke average.

Kendall Turner (volleyball), a Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics major, finished fourth in the Ivy League in blocks/set with 1.00. In conference matches only, she was third with 1.11 blocks/set and held the second best hitting percentage with .385. Turner was responsible for over half of Penn’s total blocks this season (86/162) and set a new single-match high 8 blocks at Columbia (11/1). She also set a single-match high .769 attack percentage against Dartmouth (11/7). Earlier in the season, Turner was named to the Big 5 All-Tournament Team, her first ever tournament honor.

Clarissa Whiting (women’s cross country), enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with an undecided major, earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors and 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area. At the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, she finished the 6k course second for Penn in 20th, helping the team to finish sixth out of 29 teams. At Heps, Whiting improved her time from last year’s 21:42.6 to 21:35.3 and was the third Quaker to cross the finish line. Two weeks prior to Heps, she led Penn to a third-place team finish out of 35 teams at the Princeton Invitational when she crossed the line first for the Red and Blue in 13th.

Cleo Whiting (women’s cross country), enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with an undecided major, earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for a second year in a row. After a stellar freshman campaign and emerging as the Quakers’ top runner, Whiting’s sophomore season didn’t begin until two weeks before Heps due to injury. However, Whiting picked up where she left off last season and finished her first race back, the Princeton Invitational, second for Penn and 14th overall. At Heps, she once again was the second Quaker to cross the finish line and improved from last year’s time of 21:39.6 to 21:34.9. Whiting then led the Red and Blue to a sixth place finish out of 29 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, finishing first for Penn in 19th.