Photos courtesy Gil Talbot and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Capping a stellar career that began with Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, Harvard’s Katherine Sheeleigh (New Vernon, N.J.) has been named the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, as voted on by the League’s eight head coaches.
Sheeleigh, a dynamic forward for the Crimson, led the League in shots (72), points (24) and goals (9) on her way to earning Harvard’s sixth all-time Player of the Year honor. She was also named to the 2010 All-Ivy first team, thus becoming the first four-time first team selection since Penn’s Katy Cross from 2001-04.
Sheeleigh helped the Crimson to a 4-3-0, fourth-place finish in Ivy play and did her fair share of damage in Harvard’s League games, collecting five goals and three assists in seven outings.
Kerry Scalora (Berlin, Conn.) brings the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award to Penn for just the second time in Quaker history. Scalora was key to Penn clinching the 2010 Ivy League title, it’s third all-time, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time since 2007. She tied for the top point total on her team with five goals, including two game-winners, and two assists.
In Ivy play, the rookie midfielder earned an assist in Penn’s Oct. 30, 3-2 win over Brown and scored the game-winner in a 3-0 shutout of Cornell on Oct. 1. She peppered opponents with 46 shots total shots (20 during Ivy games), forcing 24 saves (11 during Ivy play).
The only other Quaker to earn Ivy Rookie of the Year honors was Cross in 2001.
Five Ivy squads placed at least one player on the All-Ivy first team, led by Harvard’s four selections. Joining Sheeleigh were junior forward Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.), sophomore midfielder Alexandra Conigliaro (Dedham, Mass.) and junior defender Lindsay Kowal (East Meadow, N.Y.). Baskind and Kowal were both second team selections in 2009 while Baskind was a second team selection and Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Part of the one-two punch in the Crimson front line, Baskind tallied seven goals and four assists on the season, including four goals and three assists in Ivy play. She had a monster game on Oct. 23 against then first-place Princeton, scoring the game-winner, then adding another goal and assisting two more on a 4-0 Crimson victory.
Conigliaro added another big scoring threat for Harvard, finishing her sophomore season with four goals and four assists. She did the bulk of her damage during the Ivy season with three goals and all four assists coming during those seven games.
Kowal was the lone Crimson to play every single minute of the season (1,476). The anchor of the defensive line, she helped Harvard to a trio of shutouts and a 1.52 goals against average. Kowal found the back of the net once this season, putting away the game-winner in a 2-0 final over Cornell on Oct. 9.
The lone unanimous first team selection came in the form of Penn’s Sarah Friedman (Villanova, Pa.). The senior midfielder was second team All-Ivy in 2009, first team in 2008 and honorable mention as a rookie in 2007. In 2010, Friedman anchored the Quaker midfield, dishing out a League-best eight assists. She also chipped in a pair of goals including the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Yale on Oct. 23 that moved the Quakers into a tie for first in the Ivy standings – a position they would never relinquish.
Joining Friedman on the first team was classmate Kaitlin Campbell (Perkasie, Pa.). The senior defender was key to Penn’s seven shutouts and 0.87 goals against average.
Brown placed senior midfielder Gina Walker (Canyon Country, Calif.) and junior defender Allison Kagawa (Miliani, Hawaii) on the All-Ivy first team. Walker led the Bears in points with five goals and four assists while Kagawa added a pair of helpers and was a key contributor to the Brown back line that earned six shutouts and allowed just 10 goals.
Yale’s Becky Brown (Lawrenceville, N.J.), the 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year, made her second straight appearance on the Ivy first team. Despite a slow start to the season, the Bulldogs closed out the fall by winning five of their final seven games. Brown was instrumental in that run, collecting one goal and five assists during that span. She finished her junior campaign with team-bests of four goals and six assists.
The Bulldogs also placed goalkeeper Ayanna Sumiyasu on the All-Ivy first team. The sophomore played nearly 1,400 minutes between the pipes, collecting 77 saves, a 1.16 GAA and a pair of shutouts.
Columbia’s Ashlin Yahr (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) rounded out the 2010 All-Ivy first team. The junior forward led the Lions with seven goals, including four during Ivy play. She had three game-winners on the year including the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Cornell on Sept 24 and both scores in a 2-1 win over eventual Ivy champ Penn on Oct. 8.
Two-thousand-nine Co-Rookies of the Year Allison Nabatoff (Burke, Va.) and Kristen Forster (Trumbull, Conn.) headline the 2010 All-Ivy second team. Nabatoff, a sophomore defender for Princeton, helped the Tigers to six shutouts. Forster, a midfielder for Yale, tallied four goals (three in Ivy play) and three assists during her sophomore campaign.
The Tigers also placed sophomore forwards Jen Hoy (Sellersville, Pa.) and Caitlin Blosser (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) on the second team after the duo combined for 13 goals and seven assists in 2010.
Dartmouth also had a trio of second team selections including sophomore defender Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), freshman midfielder Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior midfielder Katie Davis (San Marino, Calif.). Cornell junior defender Sidra Bonner (Denver, Colo.) and junior goalkeeper Megan Barlett (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Columbia senior defender Lauren Cooke (San Rafael, Calif.) and Penn’s Scalora rounded out the 11-member second team.
Player of the Year
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard (Sr., F, New Vernon, N.J.)
Rookie of the Year
Kerry Scalora, Penn (Fr., MF, Berlin, Conn.)
First Team All-Ivy (11)
Allison Kagawa, Brown (Jr., D, Mililani, Hawaii)
Lindsay Kowal, Harvard (Jr., D, East Meadow, N.Y.)
Kaitlin Campbell, Penn (Sr., D, Perkasie, Pa.)
*Sarah Friedman, Penn (Sr., MF, Villanova, Pa.)
Alexandra Conigliaro, Harvard (So., MF, Dedham, Mass.)
Gina Walker, Brown (Sr., MF, Canyon Country, Calif.)
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard (Sr., F, New Vernon, N.J.)
Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Jr., F, Framingham, Mass.)
Ashlin Yahr, Columbia (Jr., F, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Becky Brown, Yale (Sr., F, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Ayanna Sumiyasu, Yale (So., GK, Altadena, Calif.)
Second Team All-Ivy (11)
Lauren Cooke, Columbia (Sr., D, San Rafael, Calif.)
Aurelia Solomon, Dartmouth (So., D, Washington, D.C.)
Sidra Bonner, Cornell (Jr., D, Denver, Colo.)
Alison Nabatoff, Princeton (So., D, Burke, Va.)
Chrissy Lozier, Dartmouth (Fr., MF, Fairfield, Conn.)
Katie Davis, Dartmouth (Sr., MF, San Marino, Calif.)
Kristen Forster, Yale (So., MF, Trumbull, Conn.)
Jen Hoy, Princeton (So., F, Sellersville, Pa.)
Caitlin Blosser, Princeton (So., F, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Kerry Scalora, Penn (Fr., F, Berlin, Conn.)
Megan Bartlett, Cornell (Jr., GK, Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Honorable Mention (14)
Gloria Chun, Brown (Jr., D, Irvine, Calif.)
Becca Millock, Harvard (Jr., D, Loudonville, N.Y.)
Liz Wicks, Columbia (Jr., D, Hungerford, England)
Peyton Johnson, Harvard (Fr., D, Catonsville, Md.)
Chelsea Ryan, Columbia (Fr., MF, Avon, Conn.)
Melisa Krnjaic, Dartmouth (Sr., MF, Washington, D.C.)
Kerry Kartsonis, Harvard (Sr., MF, Jacksonville, Fla.)
Enma Mullo, Yale (Jr., MF, Floral Park, N.Y.)
Marina Moschitto, Dartmouth (Fr., MF, Andover, Mass.)
Gabriella Guzman, Princeton (Fr., MF, Bridgewater, N.J.)
Maneesha Chitanvis, Cornell (So., F, Los Alamos, N.M.)
Marin McDermott, Penn (Jr., F, Rhinebeck, N.Y.)
Lillian Klein, Columbia (Jr., GK, Mill Valley, Calif.)
Caroline Williams, Penn (Jr., GK, Ambler, Pa.)