PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off playingin thenational championship game Sunday, five members of the Penn women's lacrosse team wereselected tothe 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America teams.
Seniors Rachel Manson and Sarah Waxman were named to the first team; it was Waxman's second consecutive honor and Manson's first. Sophomore standout Ali DeLuca earned her first All-America honorby receiving a spot onthe second team, while seniors Melissa Lehman and Tarah Kirnan were selected to the third team.
The five honorees continue to show the program's growth, asprior to 2008 the Quakers hadjust four others receive All-America honors in this decade.In addition,thismarks the most All-Americans Penn has had in a single season; in fact,it is only thethird time in program history that the Quakers havehad more than one All-America -- 1982, when four players earned the distinction,and last season whenWaxman and Hilary Renna were named to the first team while then-senior Chrissy Muller was honored on the third team.
Allfive will be honored at an awards banquet on June 14 in King of Prussia, Pa. National players of the year will also be announced during that banquet.
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.
Joining her on the first team, 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.
On the second team, DeLuca earned the honor because of her outstanding athleticism and unpredictable play. She 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.
Right behind DeLuca in the caused turnovers was defender Tarah Kirnan, who was named to the third team. She boasted 25 caused turnovers and had 33 ground balls. A consistent starter, Tarah successfully shut down a number of the nation's top attackers during the course of the 2008 season.
Melissa Lehman earned her first All-America honors on the third team. She was the team's second-leading scorer and also inked her name in Penn's record books -- her 79 career goals ranks ninth, while she eclipsed the century mark with 102 points and graduates 13th on the list and asone of just 15 Quakers to reach 100 points.
Penn finished its season at 17-2 afteradvancing to the national championship game for the first time in program history.
2008 IWLCA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Claire Bordley, Sr., Virginia, D
Sasha Cielak, Sr., Vanderbilt, D
Sarah Dalton, Jr., Boston University, A
Carolyn Davis, Jr., Duke, A
Dana Dobbie, Sr., Maryland, M
Christy Finch, Sr., Northwestern, D
Hillary Fratzke, Sr., Towson, M
Ashby Kaestner, So., Georgetown, M
Kelly Kasper, Sr., Maryland, M
Rachel Manson, Sr., Penn, A
Holly McGarvie, Jr., Princeton, M
Caitlin McKinney, Sr., Notre Dame, M
Hannah Nielsen, Jr., Northwestern, A
Halley Quillinan, So., Syracuse, M
Katie Rowan, Jr., Syracuse, A
Sarah Waxman, Sr., Penn, G
Hilary Bowen, Jr., Northwestern, A
Jillian Byers, Jr., Notre Dame, A
Lauren Cohen, Sr., Maryland, A
Margie Curran, Sr., Vanderbilt, A
Ali DeLuca, So., Pennsylvania, M
Christina Dove, So., Syracuse, M
Amber Falcone, Jr., North Carolina, D
Meredith Frank, Jr., Northwestern, M
Ashley McCulloch, Jr., Virginia, A
Caitlyn McFadden, So., Maryland, M
Marie McKenna, Jr., Princeton, D
Lauren Morton, Sr., Boston University, M
Lindsay Rogers, So., Syracuse, D
Laura Shane, Sr., Stanford, G
Lauren Taylor, Sr., Yale, M
Jordan Trautman, Jr., Georgetown, D
Christine Casaceli, Jr., Princeton, A
Megan Del Monte, Jr., Duke, A
Courtney Farrell, Sr., Cornell, A
Molly Ford, So., Georgetown, A
Emma Hamm, Fr., Duke, M
Michaela Hardy, Jr., New Hampshire, M
Laura King, Sr., George Mason, A
Tarah Kirnan, Sr., Penn, D
Melissa Lehman, Sr., Penn, M
Kendall McBrearty, Sr., Virginia, G
Aiyana Newton, Sr., Duke, D
Kelly O'Connell, Sr., Denver, D
Whitney Richards, Sr., Temple, M
Katherine Simmons, Sr., Cornell, M
Kristen Slahor, Sr., Ohio State, A
Blair Weymouth, Jr., Virginia, A