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November 14, 2013

Women's Soccer All-Ivy -- 2013

Photos courtesy of Harvard and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A new era has dawned in Ivy League women’s soccer.  

The format for the League’s postseason awards has changed, with the coaches now voting on Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR/ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
The future is bright for Harvard freshman Midge Purce (Olney, Md.), who certainly did not play like a rookie. Purce led her team to a 7-0-0 Ivy record with 11 goals and 26 points, both team-highs and tied for the best in the League.

Purce started the season slowly, with one goal in her first four games. She then posted 10 goals and four assists over the next 12 games, including four multi-point contests. In League play, Purce recorded five goals and three assists to lead her team to its first Ivy title since 2011 and its first 7-0-0 campaign since 1999.

Purce is the first rookie to earn a Player of the Year award in League history. She becomes the first Crimson since Melanie Baskind in 2008 to be named Rookie of the Year and Harvard’s first Player of the Year since Baskind in 2011. Purce was also a unanimous decision for first-team All-Ivy forward, the first Crimson freshman to make the first team since Katherine Sheeleigh in 2007.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The first-ever Ivy League women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Year award went to Penn sophomore defender Caroline Dwyer (Exton, Pa.). Dwyer was a crucial figure on a defense that gave up just eight goals in 17 games for a sparkling 0.44 goals against average, while shutting out 12 opponents.

Dwyer started all 17 games, tallying one assist from her defensive position. But it wasn’t her offense that helped her earn this award. She and the rest of Penn’s defense opened the season with five-straight clean sheets and then later in the season shut out six-consecutive opponents. Dwyer is the first Quaker to take home a postseason award since Kerry Scalora was named Rookie of the Year in 2010, and Penn’s first Player of the Year since Katy Cross in 2002. Dwyer was also voted a first-team defender, the first All-Ivy honor of her career.

Joining Purce on the first team was senior defender Peyton Johnson (Catonsville, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Haley Washburn (Folsom, Calif.).

Johnson was a unanimous selection, earning her third All-Ivy honor and second first team selection. She finished tied for third in the League with six assists, while also scoring a goal. Her lone score on the year came at an opportune time, as it was the gamewinner against Dartmouth that clinched the Ivy League title for the Crimson. Washburn, who earned second-team All-Ivy accolades in 2012, tallied a goal and an assist on the year. She was also a part of a defense that shut out six teams and posted a 0.80 goals against average.

Penn also placed three on the first team, with sophomore midfielder Erin Mikolai (Quakertown, Pa.) and fellow classmate and goalie Kalijah Terilli (Bronx, N.Y.) earning their first career All-Ivy accolades. Mikolai posted eight points on two goals and four assists, setting career-highs in points and assists. Terilli was stellar between the pipes, finishing the season 10-1-3 with nine shutouts and a 0.47 goals against average. She ranks second in the League and ninth in the country in GAA.

Dartmouth placed two on the first team for the second-straight season in sophomore midfielder Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) and senior forward Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.). Delaney, last year’s unanimous Rookie of the Year, was named to the first team for the second time after a season in which she posted 15 points on five goals and five assists, setting personal-bests in points and goals and matching her career-high in assists. Brush takes home her third All-Ivy honor and second first team after leading the team in points (17) and goals (six) and tying for first in assists (five).

Yale junior defender Meredith Speck (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and fellow classmate forward Melissa Gavin (Duxbury, Mass.) give the Bulldogs two first-team recipients for the first time since 2011, when both were also first-team honorees. Speck posted a goal and five assists on the season from her defensive position while helping Yale shut out four teams. Gavin returned to 2011 form, when she also was named Rookie of the Year, recording personal-bests in goals (11) and points (26). She tied for the League-lead in both categories.  

Rounding out the first team was Princeton senior Gabriella Guzman (Bridgewater, N.J.), who earned her second first-team and third All-Ivy accolade. Guzman finished with five points on a goal, the gamewinner against Colgate, and three assists.

Brown led the way with four players on the second team, including junior defender Annie Gillen (San Clemente, Calif.), junior forward Chloe Cross (Seattle), senior forward Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, Calif.) and senior goalkeeper MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.).

Columbia senior forward Beverly Leon (Wrentham, Mass.) earned her second-straight second team honor, while Cornell midfielders Claire MacManus (Rosemont, Pa.) and Rachel Nichols (Fairfax Station, Va.) gave the Big Red a pair of second-team recipients for the fourth-straight season. For MacManus, it marks her second such honor.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Midge Purce, Harvard (Fr., F – Olney, Md.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Caroline Dwyer, Penn (So., D – Exton, Pa.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Midge Purce, Harvard (Fr., F – Olney, Md.)*

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Defenders
Caroline Dwyer, Penn (So., D – Exton, Pa.)
Peyton Johnson, Harvard (Sr., D – Catonsville, Md.)*
Meredith Speck, Yale (Jr., D – Rockville Centre, N.Y.)

Midfielders
Corey Delaney, Dartmouth (So., M – Chatham, N.J.)
Gabriella Guzman, Princeton (Sr., M – Bridgewater, N.J.)
Erin Mikolai, Penn (So., M – Quakertown, Pa.)
Haley Washburn, Harvard (So., M – Folsom, Calif.)

Forwards
Emma Brush, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.)
Melissa Gavin, Yale (Jr., F – Duxbury, Mass.)
Midge Purce, Harvard (Fr., F – Olney, Md.)*

Goalkeepers
Kalijah Terilli, Penn (So., GK – Bronx, N.Y.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Defenders
Jackie Friedman, Dartmouth (So., D – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Erika Garcia, Harvard (Jr., D – Carson City, Nev.)
Annie Gillen, Brown (Jr., D – San Clemente, Calif.)
Diane Metcalf-Leggette, Princeton (Sr., D – Centreville, Va.)

Midfielders
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Harvard (Jr., M – Winter Park, Fla.)
Claire MacManus, Cornell (Jr., M – Rosemont, Pa.)
Shannon McSweeney, Yale (Sr., M – Stow, Mass.)
Rachel Nichols, Cornell (Sr., M – Fairfax Station, Va.)

Forwards
Chloe Cross, Brown (Jr., F – Seattle)
Lauren Lazo, Princeton (Jr., F – Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Beverly Leon, Columbia (Sr., F – Wrentham, Mass.)
Mika Siegelman, Brown (Sr., F – Piedmont, Calif.)

Goalkeepers
MC Barrett, Brown (Sr., GK – Ithaca, N.Y.)
Cheta Emba, Harvard (Jr., GK – Glen Allen, Va.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Defenders
Shannon FitzPatrick, Columbia (Sr., D – Johns Creek, Ga.)
Tahirih Nesmith, Penn (Fr., D – Charleston, S.C.)

Midfielders
Charlotte Beach, Brown (So., M – New Haven, Conn.)
Lucielle Kozlov, Dartmouth (So., M – Vancouver, Canada)
Marie Margolius, Harvard (Jr., M – Acton, Mass.)
Marina Moschitto, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Andover, Mass.)

Forwards
Tyler Lussi, Princeton (Fr., F – Lutherville, Md.)
Natalie Melo, Columbia (Sr., F – Kissimmee, Fla.)
Kerry Scalora, Penn (Sr., F – Berlin, Conn.)

KEY
* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, the All-Ivy second team was expanded from 11