PHILADELPHIA - Just days after the Penn women's lacrosse team saw its storybook season come to an end in the NCAA semifinals, three team members have been named All-Americans by the IWLCA and US Lacrosse.
Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman highlights the trio as she earned First-Team All-America honors, the only 'keeper on the first team. Defender Hilary Renna joins her on the first team, while attacker Chrissy Muller is a third-team honoree.
The three are the first All-Americans for Penn since Crissy Book in 2002. It is only the second time in program history that the Quakers have gotten more than one All-American; the only other time was after the 1982 season, when four players earned the distinction.
All three will be honored at an awards banquet on June 16 in King of Prussia, Pa. National players of the year will also be announced during that banquet.
Waxman jumped right into a starting role as a juniorthis season and proved she was among the nation's best cageminders, allowing just 6.51 goals per game and stopping .518 of shots faced as she compiled a 16-2 record. A First-Team All-Mid-Atlantic and unanimous First-Team All-Ivy pick, Waxman was an instrumental part of a smothering Penn defense that allowed just 6.61 goals per game.
Renna was also part of that defense, and sheemerged as one of the nation's best match-up defenders as a sophomore. Consistently frustrating the nation's best attackers, she was also named First-Team All-Region, unanimous First-Team All-Ivy, and NCAA All-Tournament. Renna matched up against the nation's two leading points scorers, Johns Hopkins' Mary Key (121 points) and Northwestern's Hannah Nielson (119). She held them to a combined four points, including styming Nielson, the nation's assists leader,into just a single goal in their NCAA semifinal game.
Muller ended her career at Penn with her first All-America honor. Also named First-Team All-Region andunanimous First-Team All-Ivy, Muller leaves Franklin Field second on the program's all-time assists list with 71 and third on the all-time points list with 149. This season, she led Penn's offense with a team-high 48 points on 23 goals and 25 assists. Her 25 helpers are fourth-most in a single season at Penn. An oustanding all-around player, she also collected 13 ground balls and 23 draw controls while causing 12 turnovers.
Penn finished its season at 16-2 after making the semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
2007 IWLCA All-America Teams
Kate Breslin, A, Sr., Virginia
Jenn Cook, D, Sr., North Carolina
Caroline Cryer, A, Jr., Duke
Dana Dobbie, M, Jr., Maryland
Christy Finch, D, Jr., Northwestern
Meredith Frank, M, So., Northwestern
Mary Key, A, Sr., Johns Hopkins
Kristen Kjellman, M, Sr., Northwestern
Hannah Nielsen, A, So., Northwestern
Hilary Renna, D, So., Penn
Katie Rowan, A, So, Syracuse
Coco Stanwick, A, Sr., Georgetown
Lauren Taylor, M, Jr., Yale
Kristen Waagbo, A, Sr., Duke
Sarah Waxman, GK, Jr., Penn
Blair Weymouth, A, So., Virginia
Shannon Burke, M, Sr., Connecticut
Jillian Byers, A, So., Notre Dame
Sasha Cielak, D, Jr., Vanderbilt
Becky Clipp, D, Sr., Maryland
Margie Curran, A, Jr., Vanderbilt
Lindsay Finocchiaro, D, Sr., Northwestern
Hillary Fratzke, M, So., Towson
Mandy Friend, M, So., Richmond
Kelly Kasper, M, Jr., Maryland
Kristie Leggio, M, Sr., Denver
Katie Lewis-Lamonica, M, Jr., Princeton
Caitlin McKinney, A, Jr., Notre Dame
Kathleen Miller, A, Sr., Princeton
Krista Pellizzi, A, Sr., Maryland
Laura Shane, GK, Jr., Stanford
Jess Wasilewski, M, Sr., Virginia
Katie Batiuk, M, Sr., Rutgers
Kelly Berger, M, Sr., James Madison
Jessica Champion, D, Jr., Yale
Sarah Dalton, A, So, Boston University
Carolyn Davis, M, So., Duke
Whitney Douthett, M, Sr., Dartmouth
Amber Falcone, D, So., North Carolina
Kimberly Hillier, A, Sr., Hofstra
Leigh Jester, A, Sr., Duke
Christina Juras, A, Sr., North Carolina
Morgan Lathrop, GK, So., Northwestern
Chrissy Muller, A, Sr., Penn
Norris Novak, D, Jr., Princeton
Ashley Pike, M, Sr., Syracuse
Halley Quillinan, A, Fr., Syracuse
Rachel Sanford, M, Sr., Duke