PHILADELPHIA--Junior Ali DeLuca and senior Hilary Renna ofthe University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team have been named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List today by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation.
For the second consecutive year, junior midfielder Ali DeLuca and senior defender Hillary Renna find themselves as hopefuls on the preliminary list for the most prestigious lacrosse award in the country. The Tewaaraton trophy is presented every year to the top male and female performers in college lacrosse.
Of the 45 total names on the watch list, DeLuca and Renna are two of only five Ivy League players named. Princeton also has two selections, while Dartmouth has one.
DeLuca’s first two years as a Quaker made her an easy choice for the selection committee. On her way to unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007, DeLuca tallied 34 goals for the Quakers in addition to eight assists and 18 ground balls. These marks also earned her first-team IWLCA all-region and aecond-team All-Ivy honors. Last season saw her put in 26 goals and record 14 assists. DeLuca also grabbed 27 ground balls, caused 26 turnovers, and win 40 draw controls. Her well-balanced season resulted in being a second-team IWLCA All-America selection and first-team All-Ivy nod.
This season she scored three goals for the Quakers in their season-opening win against Drexel.
Renna is becoming very familiar with the Tewaaraton Award process. Not only is this her second straight selection to the watch list, but in 2007, she was a nominee for the trophy. Since her freshman year, Renna has started in every game for the Quakers the past two seasons.
In her career, she has totaled 44 ground balls, 33 caused turnovers, and 27 draw controls. She has been a force on defense for Penn and has accumulated many honors as a result. In 2007, Renna was named first-team All-Ivy, first-team IWLCA All-American, and to the NCAA all-tournament team. In 2008, Renna was once again named to the NCAA all-tournament team as well as receiving second-team All-Ivy and second-team IWLCA all-region honors.
The Quakers will hit the field again on Friday, Feb.27, when they face Cal at Franklin Field. Game time is set for 6 p.m.