PHILADELPHIA--After running the table in the Ivies for the second straight season, the Penn women’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2008 All-Ivy first team. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Waxman was named the Player of the Year. She is the first Quaker to receive the honor since 1989.
Rachel Manson, Ali DeLuca and Waxman were unanimous first team selections while Melissa Lehman and Tarah Kirnan rounded out the top team. Hilary Renna was named second team All-Ivy.
The 2007 National Goalkeeper of the Year, Waxman picks up the Ivy Player of the Year honor after steering the defense to a national-best 6.00 team goals-against average. Personally, she shaves that down to 5.96. She holds a .509 save percentage and has shut out teams in four halves. One team, shut out in the second half of the game, was top-ranked, three-time national champion Northwestern. In addition to being the first Quakers since Wendy DiDomenico in 1989 to be the Ivy League Player of the Year, Waxman is just the second Penn player to receive the award.
Both Manson and DeLuca earned second team honors last season. This season, Manson leads the Quakers in goals, assists and points. Heading this season, she was already in the program’s top-10 of goals and points. With 27 and 45 points through 15 games this season, she has climbed to third in goals (108) and fourth in points (147).
Last year’s Ivy Rookie of the Year, DeLuca has continued to impress in league games. She has excelled in every statistical category, ranking first on the team in draw controls (36) and caused turnovers (21), third in goals (19) and points (33), second in assists (14) and fourth in ground balls (21). She also led the Ivy League, scoring the game-winner in three of the seven conference outings.
A senior, Lehman was an honorable mention in 2007 and jumped to the first team in 2008. She is the team’s second leading scorer with 36 points (26g, 10a). She is a reliable defender and caused nine turnovers this season. She has won 15 draw controls and grabbed 15 ground balls.
After starting her career as an attacker, Kirnan made the switch to defense in 2007 that paid dividends this season with her first All-Ivy nod. While defending top Ivy League attackers, Kirnan’s marks rarely scored more than once, if at all. She caused 18 turnovers this season and picked up 24 ground balls. Kirnan has helped Waxman and the defense shut down some of the nation’s best attacks. No team has scored more than 10 goals against the Quakers this season.
Finally an All-America selection in 2007, Renna repeated as an All-Ivy selection, this time on the second team. Like Kirnan, she helped anchor the nation’s leading defense throughout the Ivy season. She was assigned some of the League’s top snipers and successfully diffused their threats.
The six All-Ivy selections and the rest of the Quakers will host the first round of the NCAA tournament, Sunday, May 11 against Colgate. Playing at Franklin Field, the game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
For a complete list of the 2008 All-Ivy team, click here.