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Field Hockey All-Ivy -- 2013

Photos courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- To the victors go the spoils.

After a vote by the League’s eight coaches, Ivy championship team Princeton swept the three major postseason awards for the second-straight season, as senior midfielder Michelle Cesan (Harding, N.J.) was selected Offensive Player of the Year, fellow classmate Julia Reinprecht (North Wales, Pa.) took home Defensive Player of the Year and freshman defender Annabeth Donovan (Unionville, Pa.) was voted Co-Rookie of the Year along with Penn freshman forward Jasmine Cole (Montclair, N.J.)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cesan led the eighth-ranked Tigers in points (29), goals (10), gamewinning scores (four) and assists (League-high tying nine). Princeton is 11-0 on the year when Cesan tallied at least a point, and 2-4 when she did not. Cesan was also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team, her fourth appearance on the first team but just her first by unanimous vote.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nepotism is not at play with the Defensive Player of the Year award, which last year went to another Reinprecht, Julia’s older sister Katie. In 2013, the younger Reinprecht posted 15 points on seven goals and one assist on offense while helping the defense to limit opponents to a League-best 1.59 goals per game. It is the second postseason award for Julia, who was named Rookie of the Year in 2009. She was also unanimously voted first-team All-Ivy, her fourth first team honor and second unanimous selection.

As a family, the Reinprechts now have six League postseason honors, as Katie also received two Player of the Year honors (2008, 2009) and Sarah was named Rookie of the Year in 2005.

CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Cole and Donovan each had stellar seasons to open their career, and it is no surprise that both were voted Rookie of the Year. Cole finished with 39 points on 18 goals and three assists. She led the League in goals and tied for first in points. She ranks second in the nation in goals per game (1.06) and tied for sixth in points per game (2.29). She holds Penn’s record for goals by a freshman and finished two shy of the program record for goals in a season, set by Liz Lorelli in 2003. Cole is the fourth Quaker to be named Rookie of the Year and the first since Melissa Black in 2004. Cole also earned first-team All-Ivy accolades, the first Quaker to do so since Nicole Black in 2007 and the first Penn freshman to do so in program history.

Donovan gives Princeton three-straight Rookie of the Year awards, joining Allison Evans (2011) and Teresa Benvenuti (2012). The rookie finished the regular season with five points on one goal and three assists from her defensive position. She also helped the Tigers limit Ivy opponents to just five goals in seven games. Donovan took home first-team All-Ivy honors, the third-straight year a Princeton rookie appeared on the first team.

Princeton is the only school that has earned three consecutive Rookie of the Year honors, accomplishing the feat three times. The last time it happened was 1995-97, when the awards went to Kirsty Hale (1995), Gia Fruscione (1996) and Hilary Matson (1997).

Cesan and Reinprecht become the fourth and fifth Ivy League players to be named first-team All-Ivy four times, joining Princeton’s Amy MacFarlane (1993-97), Kathleen Sharkey (2008-12) and Katie Reinprecht (2008-12).

Cesan, Reinprecht and Donovan were joined on the first team by last year’s Rookie of the Year, Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.). The sophomore midfielder recorded 23 points on eight goals and seven assists with three gamewinning scores en route to her second-straight first-team All-Ivy honor. It’s the sixth-straight year that Princeton put at least four players on the first team.

Cole’s teammate, junior goalie Carly Sokach (West Pittston, Pa.), also was voted to the first team, marking the first time Penn had at least two first-team All-Ivy performers since 2005 (Lea Salese and Liz Schlossberg). Sokach finished 2013 with career-highs in saves (121), save percentage (.776), goals against average (1.97) and shutouts (five). She was second in the League in saves and save percentage and fourth in GAA.

Cornell placed two players on the first team in senior goalie Carolyn Horner (Allentown, N.J.) and sophomore defender Marisa Siergiej (Harrison City, Pa.). Horner earned her second-straight first team honor after going 7-4 with 67 saves and two shutouts. Cornell has had a first-team All-Ivy goalie in five of the past six seasons. Siergiej improved on last season’s second team accolade after leading her team in goals (10), gamewinners (four) and points (22).

Yale also saw two of its players receive first team honors in senior forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) and senior defender Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), who was a unanimous selection. The two players finished first and second on the team in points, as Borgo tallied 22 (seven goals, eight assists) and Holland finished with 20 (eight goals, four assists). Borgo is named All-Ivy for the fourth time, including her third on the first team. Holland takes home her third All-Ivy honor and second as a first team recipient.

The final spot on the first team went to Dartmouth junior forward Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia), who earned her second-straight unanimous first team selection. Savage tied for the League lead in both points (39) and assists (nine). She ranked tied for sixth in the nation in points per game (2.29). Savage tallied a career-best 15 goals and recorded four hat tricks on the year, tying the Dartmouth single-season record and giving her a program-record-tying six for her career.

The All-Ivy second team is highlighted by the Balleza sisters (Severna Park, Md.), with Cornell senior midfielder Hannah earning her fourth All-Ivy honor and Harvard freshman forward Marissa taking home her first. The younger Balleza is not the only freshman on the second team, as Columbia forward Katie Ruesterholz (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Big Red forward Katy Weeks (Kenilworth, Ill.) also appear.

The 2011 Rookie of the Year, Princeton junior Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa.) finds herself on the second team, as does a pair of 2012 second-team All-Ivy recipients in Penn senior Julie Tahan (Morristown, Pa.) and Yale sophomore Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). Brown junior Meghan O’Donnell (Winchester, Mass.), who received honorable mention status a year ago, is also named to the second team.

The 2013 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 third 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.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., M – Harding, N.J.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.)

CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
Annabeth Donovan, Princeton (Fr., D – Unionville, Pa.)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Sr., F – Randolph, N.J.)
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., M – Harding, N.J.)*
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
Annabeth Donovan, Princeton (Fr., D – Unionville, Pa.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., D – Stony Brook, N.Y.)*
Carolyn Horner, Cornell (Sr., GK – Allentown, N.J.)
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.)*
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)*
Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (So., D – Harrison City, Pa.)
Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
Eliza Becker, Dartmouth (So., M – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)
Christina Freibott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.)
Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.)
Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego)
Julie Tahan, Penn (Sr., M – Morristown, Pa.)
Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
Nicole Wells, Yale (So., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., D – Vancouver, Canada)
Avery Burns, Brown (Sr., D – Millersville, Md.)
Kyla Cordrey, Harvard (Fr., M – Summit, N.J.)
Jenn Hatfield, Harvard (Sr., GK – St. Louis)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton Jr., F – Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Liz Malone, Columbia (Sr., F – Walpole, Mass.)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.)
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Los Altos, Calif.)
Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.)

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