PHILADELPHIA - The IWLCA announced its All-Region teams on Thursday and the Penn women's lacrosse team had five players named to the All-Mid-Atlantic team.
Three players were named first-team All-Mid-Atlantic, including Erin Brennan, Ali DeLuca and Emma Spiro. Two players were named to the second team - Giulia Giordano and Kaileigh Wright.
For DeLuca, her fourth selection as first-team All-Mid-Atlantic makes her the first player in Penn history to be a four-time first-teamer. She joins Christy Bennett (2000-03) as the only two players in Penn history to be a four-time All-Region performer (Bennett was a three-time first-teamer and once was selected second team). This season, DeLuca set a school record for points in a season with 76 en route to being named unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year. Along the way, she set a new Penn record for goals in a career with 148.
Spiro was selected first-team All-Region for the second time in her career. The 2009 Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and first-team All-America finished fifth on the team in points despite missing five games with injury. She equaled her career high in goals with 32 while establishing a new career best in points with 36. All the while, she was asked to mark opponents' best attackers on the defensive end. She was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in 2010.
Brennan is a first-time All-Region selection and just one of four sophomores on the first team. The 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Brennan followed her stellar freshman season up with an even better 2010 as she was named first-team All-Ivy. She improved in all three offensive categories, with 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points while improving her caused turnover total as well from 10 to 14.
Giordano her second-team All-Region honors as she too improved across the board offensively and was named second-team All-Ivy for the first time in her career. After starting the season on attack, she shifted to midfield halfway through the year and never lost a step, finishing the 2010 season with career highs in goals (28), assists (21), points (49), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (21).
Wright was named first-team All-Ivy in 2010 and earned her first-ever All-Region selection as well. Penn's top defender throughout the season, she often drew key matchups and was named Ivy league Defensive Player of the Week on March 22 after a week where Penn allowed five goals over two games (one a shutout of Saint Joseph's). Her 20 ground balls on the back end were a career high.
These five players are now eligible for selection as IWLCA All-Americas. Those awards will be announced on Monday, May 31.