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Field Hockey All-Ivy -- 2012

Field Hockey All-Ivy -- 2012

Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a season in which the Princeton field hockey team swept through the Ivy League season, giving up just one goal in the process, it should come as no surprise that the Tigers also swept through the League's postseason awards.

After a vote by the League's coaches, Princeton seniors Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) and Katie Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.) were unanimous selections for Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while freshman Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.) was named Rookie of the Year. Moreover, the Tigers saw 10 of their players named to the All-Ivy teams, a League-high.

In just the second year since the League went to three postseason awards, Princeton took all three, marking the 12th time in Tigers history that they swept the Ivy League postseason awards and the first since 2009, when Reinprecht was the Player of the Year and Sharkey was the Rookie of the Year.

In 2012, Sharkey led the League and the nation in goals (32) and points (71), while also tallying seven assists. She scored eight gamewinning goals, including four in Ivy play. With the NCAA Tournament looming, Sharkey is one goal, two assists and three points shy of her career-bests. She has shattered the Ivy League career goals total, as her current total of 101 is 30 more than the players in second-place, Princeton's Ilvy Friebe and Kristy Hale.

Sharkey, who is a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team for the third time in her career, was named Player of the Week four times in 2012 (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6). She takes home her third League postseason award after being named Rookie of the Year in 2008 and Player of the Year in 2010. She is the sixth Tiger to earn two Player of the Year awards, joining Reinprecht (2008-09), Paige Schmidt (2005-07), Friebe (2001-02), Amy MacFarlane (1996-97) and Liz Fagan (1993-94).

Reinprecht earned her third postseason award in her four years with the Tigers, as she was named Player of the Year in 2008 as a freshman and 2009. She picked up right where she left off before taking the 2011-12 school year off to compete with the U.S. National Team in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, tallying eight goals, 15 assists and 31 points, setting a career-high in assists. Reinprecht leads the League and ranks seventh nationally in assists. She was named co-Player of the Week with Columbia's Gabby Kozlowski on Sept. 11.

Reinprecht, who is a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection for the fourth time, is just the second player in League history to receive three Player of the Year awards, joining Princeton's Schmidt, who went back-to-back-to-back in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It is fitting that Reinprecht earns a Player of the Year award as a senior, as she became the first freshman to be named Player of the Year in 2008.

Benvenuti certainly lived up to her name, as she welcomed herself to the Ivy League stage with 15 points on five goals and five assists in her rookie campaign. She took home Rookie of the Week honors twice (Sept. 18, Oct. 23) and was also voted to the All-Ivy first team. Benvenuti twice had multi-point games, including four against Delaware on Sept. 16 and against Harvard on Oct. 20. She scored the gamewinning goal against No. 4 UConn on Oct. 21 and finished with four defensive saves, tied for first in the League and 31st in the nation. Benvenuti's award gives Princeton back-to-back Rookie of the Year honors for the seventh time in program history (1980-81, 1991-93, 1995-97, 2000-01, 2005-06), after Allison Evans took home the award last season.

There were two other unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team in Cornell junior Hannah Balleza (Severna Park, Md.) and Dartmouth sophomore Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia). Balleza, the 2010 co-Rookie of the Year, earns her first career first team honor after being named to the second team last year and honorable mention as a freshman. Savage was also a second-team All-Ivy recipient in 2011, her freshman year.

Princeton junior Julia Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.) earns her third first-team All-Ivy award, while Columbia senior Gabby Kozlowski (Voorhees, N.J.) receives her third-straight first-team honor and her fourth All-Ivy accolade overall. Lions senior Katie DeSandis (Emmaus, Pa.) is named first-team All-Ivy for the first time in her career after earning second team in 2011 and honorable mention in 2009.

A pair of freshman find themselves on the All-Ivy second team in Cornell defender Marisa Siergiej (Harrison City, Pa.)) and Yale midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). Brown placed two on the second team in sophomores Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) and Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.). McSweeney leads the nation in saves per game with 10.9 per contest.

Penn and Harvard each placed two players on the second team. Crimson senior defender Kim Goh (Burtonsville, Md.) is joined by sophomore Caitlin Rea (Manchester, England). For Goh, the honor is the first of her career. Quakers sophomore MaryRose Croddick (Fair Haven, N.J.) and junior Julie Tahan (Morristown, N.J.) each started all 17 games for Penn. Tahan tied for the team lead with eight goals, while also tallying four assists and 20 points, and Croddick contributed four points on one goal and two assists from her defensive position.

The 2012 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 marks the second season the League is honoring an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a Rookie of the Year. From 1980-2010, the individual awards included a Player of the Year and a Rookie of the Year.

Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr., F – Moosic, Pa.) *

Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.) *

Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M – Morristown, N.J.)

Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Jr., F – Severna Park, Md.)*
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Sr., B – Fairfax, Va.)
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M – Morristown, N.J.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Jr., M – Randolph, N.J.)
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Jr., M – Harding, N.J.)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B – Emmaus, Pa.)
Carolyn Horner, Cornell (Jr., GK – Allentown, N.J.)
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (Sr., F – Voorhees, N.J.)
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth (Jr., B – Los Altos, Calif.)
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Jr., B – North Wales, Pa.)
Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.) *
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (So., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia) *
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr. F – Moosic, Pa.) *

Clayton Christus, Brown (So., F – Bernardsville, N.J.)
MaryRose Croddick, Penn (So., B – Fair Haven, N.J.)
Bridget DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B – Emmaus, Pa.)
Allison Evans, Princeton (So., F – Macungie, Pa.)
Kim Goh, Harvard (Sr., B – Burtonsville, Md.)
Maya Herm, Dartmouth (Sr., M/F – Bethesda, Md.)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton (So., F – Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (So., GK – Boxborough, Mass.)
Caitlin Rea, Harvard (So., M – Manchester, England)
Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (Fr., B – Harrison City, Pa.)
Paige Simmons, Columbia (Sr., M – Del Mar, Calif.)
Julie Tahan, Penn (Jr., M – Morristown, N.J.)
Nicole Wells, Yale (Fr., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)

Amanda Bird, Princeton (Jr., M – Vancouver, Canada)
Kelsey Byrne, Princeton (Jr., B – Wayne, Pa.)
Genna Collins, Cornell (Sr., M – Winnipeg, Canada)
Ann DiPastina, Cornell (So., M – Contoocook, N.H.)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (Sr., B – Unionville, Pa.)
Sarah Hasson, Penn (Sr., F – Warrington, Pa.)
Elizabeth Hitti, Penn (Fr., M – Ashland, Mass.)
Alexis Miller, Brown (Fr., M – Caldwell, N.J.)
Meghan O'Donnell, Brown (So., F – Winchester, Mass.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, the first and second All-Ivy teams were expanded from 11