April 13, 2009

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Edwards, Wadland Highlight Ivy League Weekly Honors

from press release

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Becca Edwards (Flourtown, Pa.) was the hero against Dartmouth, scoring the game-winning goal with a heads up play in overtime to give Penn a big Ivy win. The senior also won the pivotal opening draw in the second overtime to help Penn drain time off the clock and secure the victory against the upset-minded Big Green. Edwards also added an assist to Penn's first goal, feeding Ali DeLuca for the tally. She gathered three ground balls and led the team in shots. Her efforts helped maintain Penn's undefeated streak at 11-0 and 5-0 in the Ivy League.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) left a lasting impression at Franklin Field on Saturday with a spectacular performance in Dartmouth's 7-6 overtime loss to #2 Penn. The Big Green came closer than any team has this year to defeating the perfect Quakers and Wadland held them to a season-low seven goals. Their previous low was nine goals in what was also their closest game to date with a 9-6 win over Penn State. The junior goalie proved why she is among the nation's elite by making 12 saves including a host of one-on-one stops. She also picked up five ground balls and had two caused turnovers with some spectacular interceptions. Wadland ran the defense expertly while facing 28 shots by the Quakers, though the defenders helped cause nine to be stray of the goal. She kept her team in the game in the first half, making five saves and picking off the Quakers' passes to maintain a 4-4 tie going into halftime. She posted seven saves in the second half, allowing just two goals and forcing overtime. It marked the third double-digit save game for Wadland this season, who sports an 8.77 GAA overall and a 5.37 GAA in the League.

THE HONOR ROLL

Cornell's Kristen Reese (Sherwood Forest, Md.) was brilliant in a pair of Big Red victories during the weekend, posting a 6.00 goals against average, a .647 save percentage and chipped in seven ground balls and three caused turnovers to the cause. The junior goalkeeper ended the week with 22 saves and just 12 goals allowed. Reese was a rock in goal in Monday's 5-3 win at No. 19 New Hampshire, making 13 saves and allowing just three goals while winning four ground balls and causing a pair of turnovers in the finest game of her career. She responded by making all nine of her saves in the decisive second half of a 12-9 Ancient Eight victory over Brown, including after the Bears tied the game early in the second half to allow Cornell to sweep the week. She also had three ground balls and a caused turnover. For the season, Reese sports a 9.43 GAA and a .462 save percentage.

Penn's Hilary Renna (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had a tall order to fill Saturday-shut down Dartmouth's explosive Kat Collins. Equal to the task, Renna caused Collins to make two turnovers. More impressive, Collins entered the game averaging three goals a game, but she never beat Renna. Collins scored after another defender fouled her and she converted the free position opportunity which turned out to be her only shot in the game. Renna leads the nation's stingiest defense that is allowing just 4.86 goals per game. That dominance has helped secure Penn's undefeated record at 11-0 and 5-0 in the Ivies.

Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, N.Y.) led Brown to a 1-1 week with five goals, including three against Cornell, and five caused turnovers, including three against the Big Red. The midfielder also had one draw control and four ground balls for the week. Currently fourth on the team in scoring with 17 points, Vitkus leads the Bears with 23 ground balls, 20 draw controls, and is second with 12 caused turnovers

Sophomore midfielder Ariana Papier (Rochester, N.Y.) had a season-high three goals in Yale's only game of the week, a 12-6 win at Columbia Wednesday. Papier also contributed three ground balls and three draw controls. After being limited by an injury early in the season, Papier has come on strong of late with goals in four straight games and has already doubled her goal output from a year ago (six to three). She has also helped Yale in the circle, totaling 11 draw controls in the last six games. After losing the draw control comparison seven times in the first nine games, the Bulldogs have outdrawn their last three opponents.

Freshman Ellen Gleason (Binghamton, N.Y.) scored two goals for the Crimson against Princeton, including the first of her collegiate career. She only took two shots in the game and both of them went into the net. She also won two draw controls, scooped up two ground balls and caused a turnover in the game.

Columbia's Rachael Ryan (Ridgewood, N.J.) helped the Lions to a 1-1 record last week. The senior co-captain had a goal and two draw controls in a loss to Yale. She then erupted for six points in a 19-11 win over Bryant. In a well rounded performance, Ryan finished with three goals and three assists, two draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Marie McKenna (Glenside, Pa.) continues to lead an exceptionally strong Princeton defense in 2009. The senior once again led a defensive effort which held Harvard's top three scorers, Kaitlin Martin, Jess Halpern and Sara Flood scoreless on Saturday, April 11 in a 17-5 win over the Crimson. Not only that, but those three scorers only had two shots during the entire 60 minutes. The Tigers forced the Crimson into 16 turnovers, with McKenna leading the pack causing four of them. The Crimson entered the game averaging 27.3 shots per game, but McKenna and the defense limited Harvard to just 12 shots. She also collected four ground balls and won two draw controls. Princeton improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the Ivy League, with its eighth consecutive win.

Senior Katherine Chiusano (Medford, N.J) continued her solid play of late, coming up big for Dartmouth in the overtime loss to #2 Penn. Chiusano came up big for the Big Green with two goals and an assist along with a ground ball and caused turnover. With Dartmouth trailing 3-1, Chiusano scored tow goals in the last eight minutes of the first half to help tie the game by halftime. She ran the offense for the Big Green and eventually provided the assist on Eliza Bennett's game-tying and overtime-forcing goal late in the second. Chiusano ranks second on the team in scoring with 36 points and has a league-best 18 assists on the season.


2009 AWARDWINNERS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mar. 2 - Holly Glynn (Columbia) and Jessica Halpern (Harvard)
Mar. 9 - Courtney Lubbe (Penn)
Mar. 16 - Jesse Nunn (Brown)
Mar. 23 - Jessica Halpern (Harvard)
Mar. 30 - Greta Meyer (Dartmouth) and Emma Spiro (Penn)
Apr. 6 - Holly McGarvie (Princeton)
Apr. 13 - Becca Edwards (Penn)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mar. 2 - Deirdre Lafferty (Cornell)
Mar. 9 - Kristen Reese (Cornell)
Mar. 16 - Erin Tochihara (Princeton)
Mar. 23 - Erin Tochihara (Princeton)
Mar. 30 - Julie Wadland (Dartmouth)
Apr. 6 - Emma Spiro (Penn)
Apr. 13 - Julie Wadland (Dartmouth)


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