PRINCETON, N.J. -- Following an exciting 2011 Ivy League field hockey season in which the League title came down to the final weekend of play, the 2011 All-Ivy teams and postseason individual award winners have been announced.
To cap off a career in which she re-wrote the Dartmouth record book, senior midfielder Kelly Hood earned 2011 Offensive Player of the Year honors. After leading Yale to a share of its first Ivy League title since 1980, Yale’s Erin Carter, also a senior, was named the 2011 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Rounding out the Individual award winners, Princeton freshman Allison Evans has been named the League’s Rookie of the Year.
Hood (Berlin, N.H.), who was also a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, finished her career as the Big Green’s all-time leader in goals (58) and points (134). This season, she started each of Dartmouth’s 17 games and scored 14 goals and added five assists for 33 points, with her 14 goals and 33 points ranking second in the League. After earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors as a freshman, Hood earned first team honors in her final three seasons, becoming the 36th Ivy League field hockey player to earn first-team honors three times, and just the sixth to do so while wearing a Big Green uniform. Hood is also just the third Dartmouth player to garner one of the League’s postseason individual awards and first since 1987 when Kate Perle was named the Player of the Year and Ann Rosamond earned Rookie of the Year honors.
Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) won the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year award after producing at both ends of the field for the Bulldogs in 2011. She set career-best marks in goals (18) and points (40) this season to lead Yale in both categories. She finished the season as the League leader in points, points per game, goals and goals per game, and ranked ninth nationally in goals per game and 13th in points per game. Defensively, Carter led a squad that limited Ivy opponents to nine goals in seven games, including one shutout. Thanks to her efforts, the team matched its best conference record in program history, previously set in 2009, and won a share of its first Ivy title in 31 years. Carter was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, marking her second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team.
Evans (Macungie, Pa.) led the Tigers to a share of the 2011 Ivy League title for the seventh-consecutive season and Princeton claimed at least a share of its 18th title in the past 19 seasons. The freshman forward also earned All-Ivy first team honors after a season in which she led the Tigers in goals (10) and points (25). In Ivy play, Evans had four goals, including a game-winning tally, and five assists for 13 points. She earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 13 after her two-goal effort versus Penn State helped the Tigers upset the Nittany Lions. Evans becomes the 17th Princeton player to earn Rookie of the Year honors since the award was first bestowed in 1980 and the third Tiger to earn the honor in the last four seasons.
Joining Hood and Carter as unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections on the 2011 team are Columbia’s Gabby Kozlowski (Voorhees, N.J.) as well as the Yale duo of Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) and Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.). For Kozlowski, a junior forward, it marks the second year in a row she has been a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection. Landshut, a senior midfielder, also earned her second consecutive unanimous first team All-Ivy honor and she was a second team All-Ivy selection in 2009. Holland, a sophomore midfielder, was a second team selection in 2010 and the League’s co-Rookie of the Year.
Other first team notes include Harvard senior midfielder Carly Dickson (Victoria, B.C.) earning her fourth career All-Ivy honor, as she was a second-team honoree in 2009 and 2010 and an honorable mention selection in 2008. Princeton’s Amanda Bird (Vancouver, B.C.) and Alyssa Pyros (Shavertown, Pa.) are making their first career appearances on the All-Ivy first team but Bird, a sophomore midfielder, earned second-team honors last season and Pyros, a senior midfielder, was an honorable mention selection in 2010 and a second-team honoree in 2009.
The 2011 field hockey All-Ivy teams were determined in a vote by the League’s eight head coaches, as were the individual award winners. This year is the first year the League is honoring both an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. From 1980-2010, the individual awards included a Player of the Year and a Rookie of the Year.
Player of the Year
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Berlin, N.H.)
Player of the Year
Erin Carter, Yale (Sr., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)
Rookie of the
Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., F, Macungie, Pa.)
Amanda Bird, Princeton (So., M, Vancouver, B.C.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (So., F, Randolph, N.J.)
Erin Carter, Yale (Sr., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)*
Carly Dickson, Harvard (Sr., M, Victoria, B.C.)
Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., F, Macungie, Pa.)
Leti Freaney, Columbia (Sr., M, Elizaville, N.Y.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M, Stony Brook, N.Y.)*
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Berlin, N.H.)*
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (Jr., F, Voorhees, N.J.)*
Charlotte Krause, Princeton (Jr., B, Braunschweig, Germany)
Dinah Landshut, Yale (Sr., M, Hamburg, Germany)*
Christie O’Hara, Columbia (Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.)
Alyssa Pyros, Princeton (Sr., M, Shavertown, Pa.)
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (So., F, Saverna Park, Md.)
Mallory Bannon, Cornell (So., B, Hopkinton, Mass.)
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Jr., M, Fairfax, Va.)
Emily Cain, Yale (So., GK, Laytonsville, Md.)
Carson Christus, Columbia (Sr., F, Bernardsville, N.J.)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Jr., B, Emmaus, Pa.)
Laura Iacovetti, Brown (Sr., B, Blue Bell, Pa.)
Alex Iqbal, Penn (Fr., M, Darien, Conn.)
Erin Jennings, Princeton (Sr., M, Macungie, Pa.)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton (Fr., F, Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Jr., M, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Georgia McGillivray, Harvard (Sr., B, Victoria, B.C.)
Mia Rosati, Yale (Sr., F, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.)
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Fr., F, Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
Mention All-Ivy (8)
MaryRose Croddick, Penn (Fr., B, Fair Haven, N.J.)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (Jr., B, Unionville, Pa.)
Janine Leger, Dartmouth (Fr., M, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Fr., GK, Boxborough, Mass.)
Noel Painter, Harvard (Fr., F, Los Gatos, Calif.)
Paige Simmons, Columbia (Jr., M, Del Mar, Calif.)
Leslie Springmeyer, Brown (Sr., B, New Vernon, N.J.)
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard (Jr., GK, Dallas, Texas)
* - unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, the first and second All-Ivy teams were expanded from 11