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May 13, 2014

Softball All-Ivy -- 2014

PRINCETON, N.J. - Dartmouth sophomore Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) became the first Big Green player to win the Ivy League's softball Player of the Year award when the League announced its annual awards on Tuesday. 

McCalmon's teammate junior Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) was named the League's Pitcher of the Year for the second-straight year, while Penn freshman Leah Allen (Woodbine, Md.) was unanimously voted the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. 

Entering the NCAA Tournament this weekend, McCalmon leads the League in batting, hitting at a .389 clip. In 20 League games this season, McCalmon hit .456, going 31-for-56 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She hit safely in 18 of 20 Ivy League games during the regular season. She had the longest hitting streak in the League this season at 17 straight games, which ranks as the fifth-longest in League history.

In addition, McCalmon was an effective pitcher for the Big Green, going 9-1 in League play with a 1.51 ERA. She earned first-team All-Ivy honors as the designated player and second-team honors as a pitcher. 

Rumley became the third straight player to earn consecutive Pitcher of the Year awards and the fifth in League history. She went 18-7 overall in the circle with a 1.86 ERA and a League-high 193 strikeouts. Inside the League, Rumley was 9-1 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. In her 34 appearances this season, she recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of them. She has 529 strikeouts in her career, already ranking seventh-best in Ivy League history. 

Allen finished her rookie season hitting .383 for the Quakers. The first unanimous Rookie of the Year selection since Harvard's Kasey Lange in 2011, Allen had a League-best 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. The 13 homers set the Penn single-season mark. Her .759 slugging percentage was best in the League and ranks among the nation's leaders. In 20 League games, Allen batted .458 with an amazing slugging percentage of 1.051. Ten of her home runs came against Ivy competition. 

Rumley was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and is joined at pitcher by Harvard's Laura Ricciardone (Slidel, La.). Ricciardone went 18-7 in the circle this season with a 1.53 ERA for the Crimson. Rumley has 46 wins in her career thus far, while Ricciardone has 45. There have been 17 pitchers to win 50 or more games in Ivy League history. 

The first-team infield is made up of Penn senior catcher Elysse Gorney (Orlando, Fla.), Yale sophomore first baseman Lauren Delgadillo (San Clemente, Calif.), Harvard junior second baseman Katherine Lantz (Parkland, Fla.) and senior third baseman Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Dartmouth sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern (San Diego). Lange and McEachern were unanimous selections to the squad.

Lange hit .353 for the Crimson with six home runs and 29 RBIs. In 160 plate appearances, she struck out just 11 times this season. She finishes her four years at Harvard batting .381 in 189 career games, the seventh-best career batting average in League history. Her 220 hits rank 12th all-time in the Ancient Eight, while her 59 doubles are second and her 177 RBIs are third. That latter two are Harvard records. Further putting Lange's career RBI output in perspective, it is nearly double the total of any other active Ivy League player. 

Lange is the only four-time first-team selection this season, making her the 14th four-time honoree in League history and just the second to play for the Crimson, joining Tiffany Whitton (2000-03). 

McEachern, the League's Rookie of the Year in 2013, is second in the League in RBIs with 30. She hit .344 overall this season, including .412 in League play. In a League-high 173 plate appearances, McEachern struck out just 14 times. 

The first-team outfield is made up of Allen, a unanimous selection, Cornell's Michikeo McGivney(Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and Penn's Kanani Datan (Simi Valley, Calif.). Cornell's Meg Parker (Miami) is the utility player, while Dartmouth's McCalmon is the first-team designated player. 

Penn had the most first and second-team selections with six. The Quakers had three first-team and three second-team honorees. Harvard had five on the first and second-teams, while Dartmouth had four. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P/DP - Norman, Okla.) 

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Leah Allen, Penn (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Jr., P - Slidel, La.) 
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Sr., C - Orlando, Fla.)
Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., 1B - San Clemente, Calif.)  
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Jr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
*Kasey Lange, Harvard (Sr., 3B, Ladera Ranch, Calif.) 
*Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (So., SS - San Diego)
Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
*Leah Allen, Penn (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.) 
Kanani Datan, Penn (So., OF - Simi Valley, Calif.)  
Meg Parker, Cornell (So., Utility - Miami)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., DP - Norman, Okla.) 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P - Norman, Okla.) 
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Jr., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Alyssa Rodia, Columbia (Fr., 1B - Carmel, N.Y.) 
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Munster, Ind.) 
Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Janet Leung, Brown (So., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Jr., SS - San Diego) 
Andrea DelConte, Harvard (Jr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.) 
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Jct., N.J.) 
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Alyson Onyon, Cornell (Sr., P - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.) 
Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jr., 1B - Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Jr., 2B - Aiea, Hawaii)
Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (Sr., 3B - West Hills, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., OF - Canby, Ore.)
Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Sr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Sr. OF - Albany, Calif.)
Kerry Cook, Columbia (Fr., Utilty - El Segundo, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (So., Utilty - Los Angeles)

*Unanimous Selection
^There are two shortstops on the second team due to a tie in the voting