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Penn's Waxman Named Goalkeeper of the Year (Again!)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PHILADELPHIA--Senior goalkeeper Sarah Waxman was named the C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year for the second consecutive season. Waxman received the honor at the IWLCA's annual awards banquet in King of Prussia, Pa. She was previously named a First-Team All-American by the coaches' organization last month.

Waxman anchored the nation's leading defense with a 6.27 goals-against average and a .502 save percentage. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and was the first Quaker to receive the honor since 1986. During the course of the season, Waxman never allowed any team to score more than 10 goals this season, and during Ivy play she boasted an incredible 5.38 goals-against average.

In addition to her IWLCA All-America honor, she was named a second-teamer by Inside Lacrosse and, and was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy honoree. She led her team to its second straight Ivy League title and appearance in the championship weekend. Waxman guarded Penn's net through overtime in the semifinal to advance to the program's first championship game.

Waxman is the only Penn goalkeeper to earn the honor. The award, which is also given to the nation's top male goalkeepers in each NCAA division, is named in memory of Charles Markland Kelly, Jr., who was a standout goalie for Maryland in 1940. Kelly left school to enlist as a fighter pilot in the Navy, where he perished at the Battle of Midway in World War II.

The complete 2008 IWLCA All-America list can be viewed in .pdf format at IWLCA website.

- A.S.