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Softball All-Ivy -- 2011

Harvard's Ellen Macadam (left) was named the Player of the Year, Rachel Brown (center) the Pitcher of the Year and Kasey Lange (right) the Rookie of the Year.
Harvard's Ellen Macadam (left) was named the Player of the Year, Rachel Brown (center) the Pitcher of the Year and Kasey Lange (right) the Rookie of the Year.

2011 Softball All-Ivy

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After following up an impressive regular-season that included a 36-14 overall record and an 18-2 mark in Ivy play with back-to-back shutouts in the Ivy League Championship Series, the Harvard Crimson swept the League’s individual awards as voted on by the eight Ivy head coaches. Ellen Macadam (Atlanta, Ga.) was named the Player of the Year, Rachel Brown the Pitcher of the Year (San Diego, Calif.) and Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) the Rookie of the Year, with Brown and Lange having the added distinction of being unanimous selections. It is just the second time a school has swept all three awards since the Pitcher of the Year award was added in 1994, which was the same season Princeton players combined to earn all three.

Player of the Year Ellen Macadam batted .453 in League games while slugging .773 and led the League in runs scored (26), plate appearances (81) and triples (4). The senior was also named to the All-Ivy first team for the second consecutive season, filling out second base on the 2011 squad. As a sophomore, she earned honorable mention status and as a freshman she was named to the second team so she has earned four career All-Ivy honors. Macadam also set school records in career runs scored (139) and hits (222). She was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice this year and is the first member of the Crimson to earn Player of the Year honors since Tiffany Whitton did so in 2002.

Pitcher of the Year Rachel Brown was dominant on the mound for the Crimson this season, posting a staggering 21 wins – a record for the Crimson. The junior also broke the League record for strikeouts in a season with 291. Brown enters NCAA Championship play having pitched seven shutouts this season, ranking fourth in the nation in strikeouts per game (11.4) and has been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week three times in 2011. She was an All-Ivy first team selection the past three years and also earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. She is Harvard’s first Pitcher of the Year since Shelly Madick earned the honor in 2007.

Rookie of the Year Kasey Lange led the Crimson in batting, posting a .444 average while starting each of Harvard’s 50 games. She also hit 11 home runs and added 65 RBIs. She batted even higher in Ivy games, checking in at .522 to lead the League. In League play she was the leader in doubles (11), total bases (64), slugging percentage (.955), hits (35) and RBIs (33). She was also a unanimous selection as the first team All-Ivy third baseman.

Joining Brown in the pitching circle for the All-Ivy first team is Cornell’s Elizabeth Dalymple (Devon, Pa.). Brown and Dalrymple have now made up the first team All-Ivy pitching staff for three consecutive seasons. Dalrymple was 19-9 with a 1.98 ERA and 211 strikeouts in 194.1 innings pitched. The two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year (2009 & 2010) ranked second in the Ancient Eight in wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts and opponent batting average and led the circuit in complete games and innings pitched. She posted five shutouts and 22 complete games. She had 10 games with at least 10 strikeouts, including four games with at least 12, and earned wins. She allowed three hits or less in 12 of her 30 appearances and didn’t allow an earned run in 11 games.

Penn senior Alisha Prystowsky (Montclair, N.J.) was named the first team catcher, marking her third career appearance on the All-Ivy first team, having also been named to the squad as a freshman and sophomore. She also eared second team honors last year. This season, Prystowsky batted .372 to lead the Quakers and also recorded 31 RBIs, five home runs and nine doubles – all of which also were top totals on the Penn roster.

At first base, Brown’s Kate Strobel (Denver, Colo.) earned first team All-Ivy honors for the first time in her career after a season in which she started all 37 of Brown’s games and batted .383 with nine homers and 27 RBIs. All nine of her homers came in League play to lead the Ivies. In Ivy play she also slugged .860, the third highest mark for the year, and added 21 RBIs.

Harvard shortstop Jane Alexander (Palo Alto, Calif.) rounds out the first team infield. The junior started in 48 games and hit nine doubles and four home runs. In her 48 games, she only committed two errors, leading to a .984 fielding percentage at short. It marks her first career All-Ivy honor.

Making up the first team All-Ivy outfield are Cornell’s Marissa Amiraian (Latham, N.Y.), a unanimous selection, as well as Harvard’s Stephanie Regan (Humble, Texas) and Princeton’s Lizzy Pierce (Modesto, Calif.).

Amiraian set Cornell records for hits and triples in a season in 2011. The three-year starter was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice and hit better than .400 in each of her final two seasons. She finished fourth in the Ivy League in batting, first in triples (third in NCAA), and second in both hits and runs scored. Amiraian had 18 multi-hit games in 2011 while being the only player to start all 50 games as a senior.

Regan, a sophomore, earned her first career All-Ivy honor after posting a .378 batting average to go along with 54 hits and 23 RBIs. In Ivy play, she led the League in sacrifice bunts and batted at a .463 clip, second only to Lange’s League-leading average.

As a sophomore Pierce led the Tiger offense with a .330 average, 10 doubles and 25 RBIs. She also had two outfield assists and just two errors on the year. She is joined on the first team by teammate Kelsey VandeBergh (Beaverton, Ore.), a unanimous selection as the designated player. VandeBergh, a junior, batted .314 for the year and led Princeton with five home runs, while her 21 RBIs trailed only Pierce’s 25.

Columbia senior Maggie Johnson (Danville, Calif.) rounds out the first team All-Ivy as the utility player. Johnson saw time in the pitcher’s circle, at first base and as the designated player. She tossed the first Columbia no-hitter since 2006 when she held Princeton hitless over the full seven innings to lead the Lions to a 2-0 win on Easter Sunday. For the year she batted .264 with 16 RBIs, while recording a 2.68 ERA in 133.1 innings of work.

Player of the Year
Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)

Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)*

Rookie of the Year
Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*

First Team All-Ivy
P – Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
P - Elizabeth Dalymple, Cornell (Sr., Devon, Pa.)
C - Alisha Prystowsky, Penn (Sr., Montclair, N.J.)
1B - Kate Strobel, Brown (Jr., Denver, Colo.)
2B - Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)*
3B – Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Jr. Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Marissa Amiraian, Cornell (Sr., Latham, N.Y.)*
OF – Stephanie Regan, Harvard (So., Humble, Texas)
OF - Lizzy Pierce, Princeton (So., Modesto, Calif.)
U - Maggie Johnson, Columbia (Sr., Danville, Calif.)
DP - Kelsey VandeBergh, Princeton (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.)*

Second Team
P –  Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Fr., Slidell, La.)
P – Chelsey Dunham, Yale (Fr., Fairfax Station, Va.)
C - Allie Scott, Harvard (Fr., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2B - Karen Tulig, Columbia (Sr., Katy, Texas)
2B - Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (So., Grant Park, Ill.)
3B - Steph Thompson, Brown (So., Chino, Clalif.)
SS - Jennifer Bergeron, Columbia (So., Kingwood, Texas)
SS - Meghan Johnson, Yale (Jr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF – Ashley Heritage, Harvard (So., College Station, Texas)
OF – Nicole Ontiveros, Princeton (Jr., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
OF - Audrey Kolodziej, Dartmouth (Sr., Morton Grove, Ill.)
U - Mari Zumbro, Harvard (Jr., Oakland, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
P - Prophet Gaspard, Columbia (Fr., Abbeville, La.)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (So., Fullerton, Calif.)
C – Molly Khalil, Dartmouth (Jr., Seal Beach, Calif.)
C – McKynlee Westman, Yale (Sr., Smithville, Mo.)
C – Kristen Towne, Cornell (So., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B - Mariclaire Rebman, Yale (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
2B - Katie Yanagisawa, Yale (Sr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
SS - Stephanie Caso, Penn (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
OF - Brooke Coloma, Penn (So., Martinez, Calif.)
OF - Elysse Gorney, Penn (Fr., Orlando, Fla.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (Fr., Valencia, Calif.)
OF - Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Fr., Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
OF - Meghan Everett, Dartmouth (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)

* - denotes unanimous selection