PHILADELPHIA - Junior Sarah Waxman of the Penn women's lacrosse team has received one of her sports' highest honors as she was named the C. Markland Kelly National Goalkeeper of the Year by the IWLCA Saturday evening.
Waxman received the honor at the IWLCA's annual awards banquet in King of Prussia, Pa. She was previously named a First-Team All-American by the coaches' organization last month.
Waxman had a superlative season for the Quakers, leading the team to the Ivy League championship and a berth in the NCAA semifinals. Penn achieved the highest poll ranking in its history at second in the nation, and Waxman set the program record for wins in a season with 16. In addition to her IWLCA All-America honor, she was named a second-teamer by Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com, and was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy honoree.
The junior led one of the nation's top defenses, allowing 6.51 goals per game (second-best in the nation) while boasting a .518 save percentage (sixth in the nation). Penn as a team allowed just 6.61 goals per game.
Waxman is the first Penn goalkeeper to earn the honor. The award, which is also given to the nation's top male goalkeepers in each NCAA division, is named in memory of Charles Markland Kelly, Jr., who was a standout goalie for Maryland in 1940.Kelly leftschool to enlist as a fighter pilotin the Navy, wherehe perished at the Battle of Midway in World War II.
Lauren Scipione of C.W. Post won the women's Division II honor, while Trinity's Michelle Smith earned the Division III award. The 2007 Division I male recipientwas Matt McMonagle of Cornell.
2007 IWLCA Positional Players of the Year
Defense: Christy Finch, Northwestern
Midfield: Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern
Attack: Mary Key, Johns Hopkins
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year: Sarah Waxman, Penn
Defense: Lindsay Goldman, C. W. Post
Midfield: Jessica Blickenstaff, Lock Haven
Attack: Shannon Fabian, C. W. Post
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year: Lauren Scipione, C. W. Post
Defense: Kelly Phillips, Salisbury
Midfield: Kim Walker, Middlebury
Attack: Jen Pritchard, Franklin & Marshall
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year: Michelle Smith, Trinity