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Field Hockey All-Ivy -- 2010

2010 Ivy League Player of the Year Kathleen Sharkey
2010 Ivy League Player of the Year Kathleen Sharkey

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PRINCETON, N.J. –- No stranger to winning awards, Princeton's Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) has added the title of Ivy League Player of the Year to her growing list of honors after the Ivy League field hockey head coaches unanimously selected her as the League's top player for the 2010 season.  

The junior striker opened the 2010 Ivy League season with a hat trick against Dartmouth and then helped the Tigers close out a perfect season with three goals against Penn as Princeton won its six straight Ivy League title. All told, Sharkey amassed a staggering 31 goals to set a single season record at Princeton and to lead the country in goals. She broke two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Ilvy Friebe's mark of 30 goals set during Princeton's 2001 season.

In seven League games, Sharkey netted 17 goals and added an assist to lead the League in points (35) and she scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in five of Princeton's seven Ivy League victories. Sharkey finished the regular season with seven assists as well,  giving her 69 points in 17 games played.

A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in 2009, as well as being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy selection in 2008, Sharkey is the 33rd player (and 14th Princeton Tiger) to earn three career selections to the All-Ivy first team.

For the first time in the history of the All-Ivy field hockey awards, which date back to 1980, there was a tie in the voting for Rookie of the Year honors meaning Cornell's Hannah Balleza  (Saverna Park, Md.) and Yale's Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) will share the title of 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Balleza, a freshman forward, was the Big Red's second leading scorer with 10 goals and an assist for 21 points, including 11 points in Ivy play. She started all seven Ivy League games and ranked in the top-10 in both points and goals within League play and two of her goals were game-winning tallies. When Balleza fired at the cage, it either went in or forced the opposing goalie to make a save as she recorded a 1.000 shots on goal percentage in Ivy play. Also an Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection, Balleza is Cornell's first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since Cari Hills earned the honor in 1994.

Holland, a freshman midfielder and back, started all 17 games for Yale and notched 14 points on four goals and six assists. In seven Ivy contests, she had two goals, including a game winner, and two assists for six points. Holland's talents at both ends of the field helped Yale finish tied for second in the Ivy League standings. She had an impressive five defensive saves on the year as well. She is Yale's first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since 1998 when Amanda Walton earned the honor.

Taking stock of the All-Ivy first team, there were six unanimous selections. Joining Sharkey as unanimous selections from the Princeton squad are Katie Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.) and Julia Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.). The Reinprecht sisters are no strangers to the All-Ivy first team. For Katie, the 2008 & 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year, 2010 marks her third straight unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team, joining Sharkey as 15th Tiger (34th player overall) with three All-Ivy first team selections. For Julia, 2010 marks the second year she has earned first team All-Ivy honors.  
Though only able to appear in 13 games, junior Katie Reinprecht still managed to be Princteon's third leading scorer on the season with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. In four Ivy League games, she averaged better than two points per game by netting five goals and an assist for 11 points.  

2010 Co-Rookie of the Year Hannah Balleza Sophomore Julia Reinprecht, the 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, started all 17 of Princeton's regular season games and has been a catalyst for the Tiger offense while also helping to control the defensive side of the field as well. Her 12 assists lead the team, and her seven assists in Ivy play tied for the top mark.
Also a unanimous selection to the 2010 All-Ivy first team, Columbia forward Gabby Kozlowski (Voorhees, N.J.) exploded on the offensive side of the field as a sophomore. Kozlowski quadrupled her goal output from a season ago on her way to setting Columbia's single season program record for goals in a season with 16. She added two assists for a total of 34 points. Kozlowski netted seven goals and 16 points in Ivy League play, both of which were third best in the conference. She is the first Lion to be a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team since Megan Davidson and Gena Miller accomplished the feat in 2007.

The remaining two unanimous All-Ivy selections are a pair of junior midfielders including Dartmouth's Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) and Yale's Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany). In 13 games, Hood established herself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the country. She recorded 18 goals and three assists for 39 points, including six goals in Ivy play. Her 1.38 goals per game clip ranks third in Div. I and her 1.50 goals per Ivy game mark ranks second only to Sharkey. Hood was also a first team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore and an honorable mention pick as a freshman.

Landshut was a creative force in the Yale midfield in 2010, helping lead the Bulldogs to consecutive double-digit win seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003. She notched 15 assists to go along with two goals for 19 points and her five assists in Ivy play ranked tied for the fourth highest total. Landshut was an All-Ivy second team selection in 2009.

Landshut is joined on the All-Ivy first team by teammate Erin Carter, (Perkiomenville, Pa.). The junior back was the leader of a Bulldog defense that yielded only 2.14 goals against per Ivy League game and also recorded two shutouts in League play. For the year, Carter and the Yale defense held five opponents off the board. She also added eight goals, four in Ivy play, to finish tied for third in scoring for the Bulldogs. Carter was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a sophomore.

A pair of record setting seniors also headlines the All-Ivy first team including Cornell's Catie De Stio (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)) and Dartmouth's Virginia Peisch (Koenigstein, Germany).

De Stio was selected to the All-Ivy first team for the third consecutive year after leading the Big Red in scoring with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. Half of her goals came in Ivy League play, and her three Ivy game winners helped Cornell tie for second in the League standings. With the game-winning goal in her final game with the Big Red, De Stio became Cornell's all-time career points leader (94) as well as the Big Red's career game-winning goals leader (12).

De Stio becomes the 35th player to earn three All-Ivy first team honors and just the second member of the Big Red to do so, joining Amy Wright (1991-93) in that exclusive company.

Playing in the back and in the midfield, Peisch was the cog that made a Dartmouth offense that ranks fourth in the country with a 3.70 scoring average turn. An assist machine, she totaled 21 helpers on the year. In six Ivy League games played, she tied for the League lead with seven assists.
Peisch set the school's record for career assists on Sept.  5 when she recorded two assists in the Big Green's 5-3 come-from-behind win over Missouri State and she finished her career with 52 assists. She also earned first team honors for the third consecutive year, becoming the 36th player to earn three All-Ivy first team honors and just the fifth member of the Big Green to do so (last accomplished at Dartmouth by Carolyn Steele from 2000-2002).
Boasting one of the nation's highest scoring offenses, it is no surprise to see Sharkey and the Reinprecht sisters joined on the All-Ivy first team by sophomore Michelle Cesan (Harding, N.J.). With nine goals and two assists in seven Ivy games, Cesan was the conference's second leading scorer in 2010. Overall, the versatile Cesan finished with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. She has now made back-to-back appearances on the All-Ivy first team.

Rounding out the All-Ivy first team is Cornell's junior goalkeeper Alex Botte (Carlsbad, Calif.). Botte was a stalwart in the Big Red cage, playing all but 9:00 minutes for Cornell in the 2010 season. She finished the year with two shutouts, including one in Ivy play, and posted a 10-5 record. All told, Botte amassed 77 saves and 1.77 goals against average. Her 1.50 goals against average in Ivy play ranked third best, but tops amongst goalies that saw more than 400:00 minutes of action in Ivy League play. Botte's selection to the All-Ivy first team runs Cornell's streak to three years in a row of having the All-Ivy first team goalkeeper as Melanie Jue earned the honor in 2008 and 2009.

Player of the Year
*Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Jr., F, Moosic, Pa.)

Co-Rookies of the Year
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Fr., F, Saverna Park, Md.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (Fr., M/B, Stony Brook, N.Y.)

First Team All-Ivy (11)
Alex Botte, Cornell (Jr., GK, Carlsbad, Calif.)
Erin Carter, Yale, (Jr., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (So., M/F, Harding, N.J.)
Catie De Stio, Cornell (Sr., F, Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
*Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Jr., M, Berlin, N.H.)
*Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (So., F, Voorhees, N.J.)
*Dinah Landshut, Yale (Jr., M, Hamburg, Germany)
Virginia Peisch, Dartmouth (Sr., B, Koenigstein, Germany)
*Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (So., M, North Wales, Pa.)
*Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (Jr., M, North Wales, Pa.)
*Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Jr., F, Moosic, Pa.)

Second Team All-Ivy (11)
Amanda Bird, Princeton, (Fr., B, Vancouver, B.C.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Fr., F, Randolph, N.J.)
Claire Byrne, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Rye, N.Y.)
Carly Dickson, Harvard (Jr., M, Victoria, B.C.)
Julia Garrison, Columbia (Sr., M, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (Fr., M/B, Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Katie Hyland, Brown (Sr., M, Riegelsville, Pa.)
Laurel McGarvie, Penn (Sr., M, Medford, N.J.)
Mattie Prodanovic, Cornell (Sr., B, River Forest, Ill.)
Steph Sanders, Cornell (Sr. B, Endwell, N.Y.)
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard (So., GK, Dallas, Texas)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy (11)
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Fr., F, Saverna Park, Md.)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (So., B, Unionville, Pa.)
Alexander Douwes, Princeton (Sr., B, Bussum, Netherlands)
Laura Iacovetti, Brown (Jr., B, Blue Bell, Pa.)
Erin Jennings, Princeton (Jr., M, Macungie, Pa.)
Lauren Kessler, Brown (Jr., GK, Burtonsville, Md.)
Georgia McGillivray, Harvard (Jr., B, Victoria, B.C.)
Kelly McHenry, Dartmouth (Sr., F, Williamsburg, Va.)
Alyssa Pyros, Princeton (Jr., M/B, Shavertown, Pa.)
Leslie Springmeyer, Brown (Jr., F, New Vernon, N.J.)
Kate Thompson, Cornell (Sr., M, Vancouver, B.C.)

* - unanimous selection