PHILADELPHIA--The All-America lists for InsideLacrosse, womenslacrosse.com and womenslax.com have been released with several Quakers receiving recognition.
Inside Lacrosse named sophomore Ali DeLuca to its first team while seniors Tarah Kirnan, Rachel Manson and Sarah Waxman were named to the second team.
DeLuca was also named to the womenslacrosse.com first team. Kirnan and Manson repeated on the second team while Waxman was placed on the third team. Newcomer Giulia Giordano was honored on the All-Rookie team.
Finally the womenslax.com resultscounted DeLuca, Hilary Renna and Waxman while naming Penn's senior netminder the Goalie of the Year.
Five members of the Penn women's lacrosse team wereselected tothe 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America teams. Manson and Waxman were named to the first team; it was Waxman's second consecutive honor and Manson's first. DeLuca earned her first All-America honorby receiving a spot onthe second team, while seniorsMelissa Lehman and Kirnan were selected to the third team.
DeLuca's outstanding athleticism and unpredictable play fooled the goaltenders for 26 goals this season and added 14 assists to be the team's third-leading point scorer. She was also a challenging player away from the attack, winninga team-best 40 draw controls and causing a team-high26 turnovers.
Waxmananchored the nation's leading defense with a 6.27 goals-against average and a .502 save percentage. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and was the first Quaker to receive the honor since 1986. During the course of the season, Waxman never allowed any team to score more than 10 goals this season, and during Ivy play she boasted an incredible 5.38 goals-against average.
Manson set the scoring standard for Penn this season. She led the team in both goals (35)and assists (20). Historically, those numbers rank sixth in season goals and fifth in season assists.For her career, Manson scored 116 goals and dished off 41 assists for 157 points. She leaves Penn as the second all-time goalscorer and just the fifth Quaker to score 100 goals. She is third all-timein points and tied for fourth in assists.
Rightbehind DeLuca in the caused turnovers was Kirnan. The defender boasted 25 caused turnovers and had 33 ground balls. A consistent starter,Kirnan successfully shut down a number of the nation's top attackers during the course of the 2008 season.
Penn finished its season at 17-2 afteradvancing to the national championship game for the first time in program history.