IWLCA All-Region Teams
PHILADELPHIA - Three Penn players who were instrumental in a seventh consecutive Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance for the Quakers were named IWLCA All-Region by the region’s coaches. Meg Markham and Shannon Mangini were named first-team All-Mid-Atlantic, while Lucy Ferguson earned second-team All-Mid-Atlantic honors. For all three, this is their first All-Region selection.
The Ivy League Midfielder of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Shannon Mangini has set a career high with 25 goals this season. 18 of her 25 came in Ivy League games, with another three in the Ivy League Tournament. Along the way, she has scored three game-winning goals which is tops on the Quakers. When the game has been on the line this season, Mangini has been at her best – and maybe the best a Quaker has ever been. Twice, she has scored the game-tying goal in an Ivy contest in the waning moments to send it to an overtime where Penn would eventually win. Three times this season, Mangini has scored a goal in overtime – the most ever by a Penn player in a single season. This marks the first All-Ivy selection for Mangini.
Meg Markham often draws the toughest defensive matchup for the Quakers, being called upon to shut down opposing teams’ top attackers. She leads the team in ground balls with 30 and is tops among primary defenders in caused turnovers with 14. This past weekend, she was named All-Tournament at the Ivy League Tournament after earning unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors at the conclusion of the regular season.
Lucy Ferguson played every minute of every Ivy League game for the Quakers, going undefeated including three overtime wins. Her 7.53 GAA was lowest among goalies that started all seven of their team’s Ivy games. In a season where Penn played the most overtime games in program history, Ferguson allowed just one goal in overtime, making three saves. Overall, Ferguson stands atop the Ivy League in save percentage (.472) and is second in GAA (8.65). Nationally, those numbers are good for 10th and 18th, respectively.
Penn’s three All-Region players are tied with Dartmouth for most among Ivy teams. All total, the Ancient Eight earned 15 All-Region nods among seven teams.
The Quakers begin NCAA Tournament play on May 10 against Virginia in a game to be played at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. First draw is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the nation’s capital.