PRINCETON, N.J. -- Prior to the 2011 season, there have been five occurrences in which the Ivy League women's lacrosse Player and Rookie of the Year were members of the same squad. As determined by a vote of the League's eight head coaches, Dartmouth senior attack Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) and freshman goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) become the sixth pair to join the club. They represent the first duo from the Big Green program to achieve the feat, while four of the previous pairs have come from Princeton and one from Penn. The Quakers' Emma Spiro (Co-Player) and Erin Brennan (Rookie) were the most recent teammates to earn the League's top honors, doing so in 2009.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Collins caps a stellar career in a Big Green uniform with Dartmouth's first Player of the Year honoree since Katieanne Christian in 2005 and sixth all-time. An honorable mention selection as a rookie and unanimous first-team selection as a sophomore, Collins' junior-year season was cut short due to injury. But she bounced back in full form for her final campaign, leading Dartmouth to an 11-3 overall record and 6-1 Co-Ivy Championship finish.
Collins was often the driving force behind the Big Green offense, scoring a team-high 32 goals and adding 10 assists for a team-high 42 points. She tallied a career-high six goals in a 12-10 win over Oregon on March 23 and led Dartmouth with four goals in a 9-8, overtime win over defending national champion and current No. 1 Maryland to close out the regular season on May 1. Collins also showed her versatility around the field, collecting 18 ground balls, 22 defensive clears and 13 caused turnovers.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
While Collins was the catalyst to the Big Green attack, it was the rookie Giovanniello holding down the fort at the other end of the field. A first-year in name, but certainly not in poise, Giovanniello was a unanimous selection by the League's coaches, becoming the first Dartmouth player to earn the Rookie of the Year honor since Devon Wills in 2003 and just the fourth all-time.
Giovanniello played all 846 minutes of the regular-season in goal for the Big Green, surrendering just 8.09 goals per game, ranking her sixth nationally among all NCAA Division I goalies. Even more impressively, her .538 save percentage is the current No. 1 mark in the nation. She has made 133 saves on the year, reaching double-digit saves on five occasions. That includes a career-high 15 saves on Mar. 2 in a 10-6 win over Vermont, 13 on Mar. 19 in a 15-7 loss to current No. 5 Duke, 13 on Mar. 23 in a 12-10 win over Oregon, 10 on Apr. 29 in a 14-7 win over Harvard and 11 on May 1 in a 9-8 overtime win against No. 1 Maryland.
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Six of the eight Ivy League schools are represented on the 12-member All-Ivy first team, led by four Big Green selections. Cornell, Harvard and Princeton each have a pair of first team selections while Brown and Penn have one representative each.
One of four unanimous selections, Player of the Year Collins makes her second appearance on the first team, after also earning unanimous first team selection in 2009. She is joined by Big Green teammates, Giovanniello, Shannie MacKenzie (Riverside, Conn.) and Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.).
MacKenzie, a senior defender, makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team. She was key to the Big Green's success all season long, helping her squad to a 7.71 goals against average in Ivy play and 8.09 average for the season. In seven Ivy games, she tallied eight caused turnovers and eight ground balls, bringing her season totals to a team-high 17 caused turnovers and 25 ground balls. MacKenzie earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors on April 25 for her efforts in holding Princeton's second-leading scorer Jaci Gassaway to just two goals in a 15-10 Dartmouth victory, setting up the showdown with Harvard for the League title just days later.
Plumb joins the first team after earning second team selection as a sophomore in 2010. The versatile midfielder recorded 11 goals, six assists, six caused turnovers and 11 ground balls in Ivy play. For the balance of the season, she was fourth on the Big Green squad with 20 goals and tied for second with 11 assists and 14 caused turnovers. She had six multi-goal games, including a trio of hat tricks.
Representing the Co-Ivy League champion Quakers is junior attack Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y.). A unanimous selection this spring, Brennan earned first team honors as a sophomore in 2010. The catalyst to the Quaker attack, she scored 18 goals (2.57 per game) and added four assists in Ivy games while totalling 31 goals and 13 assists for 44 points over the entire 15-game season. She had four games of three goals or more, including a career-high five on Apr. 3 against Columbia and on Apr. 23 against Brown. She also added three key assists in Penn's regular-season-ending upset of then No. 4 Duke.
After leading the League in scoring (both overall and Ivy games only), Harvard's Jennifer VanderMeulen (Liverpool, N.Y.) earned her second consecutive selection to the All-Ivy first team. The sophomore attack averaged 3.57 goals per game in Ivy play (25 total) and 3.21 goals per game overall (45 total), helping the Crimson to its No. 1 League rank of 12.43 goals per game. She scored multiple times in all 16 games played this season, including five in a near upset of then No. 7 Virginia on Apr. 3 and on Apr. 23 in a 15-9 victory over Columbia.
Joining VanderMeulen on the first team is Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.). This is the first women's lacrosse first team All-Ivy selection for the junior midfielder, though the dual-sport athlete has earned All-Ivy honors three times in women's soccer, including first team selection this past fall. As she did on the soccer pitch, Baskind was key to the Crimson midfield, recording 13 goals, two assists, six caused turnovers and a team-high 16 ground balls during Ivy competition. For the season, Baskind was one of four Crimson players to record 20-plus goals, netting 25 to go along with six assists and 30 ground balls (2.14 per game ranked No. 4 in the League).
From the fourth-place Princeton Tigers, Lizzy Drumm (Westbury, N.Y.) and Lindsey deButts (Alexandria, Va.) both earned first team selection for the second consecutive season. Drumm was a unanimous pick this spring after deButts garnered that honor in 2010.
Drumm led the Tigers in scoring for the season with 17 goals in Ivy games and 39 goals for the season. The senior midfielder averaged 2.60 goals per game, good for the third highest mark among all Ivy players. She tallied a dozen multi-goal games, including a career-high six in a 19-12 loss to then No. 4 Duke on March 5. Drumm proceeded to turn out her best offensive performances against Princeton's best competition, scoring five times against No. 1 Maryland on Apr. 13 and five times in the Tigers' regular-season finale -- a 19-10 upset of then No. 13 Penn State.
deButts was equally important to the Tigers success in 2011, playing an integral roll in the defensive line. The junior had team highs of 22 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls, including 13 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls in Ivy play.
Cornell's Jessi Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) is the final of four unanimous selections to the 2011 first team, and is one of six to repeat as first team selections. The junior attack was a force to reckon with up top, leading the Big Red with 19 goals in Ivy competition and 38 goals for the season. She recorded five four-goal outings and tallied her 11th multi-goal game of the season in Cornell's season-ending 9-6 upset of then No. 2 Florida on May 1, netting a hat trick in the victory.
Also earning first team honors from Cornell is sophomore defender Kate Ivory (Narberth, Pa.). Ivory led all Ivy field players with 35 ground balls (2.50 per game), including 15 in Ivy games. She also added a team-high 23 caused turnovers on the year.
Rounding out the 2011 first team is Brown senior midfielder Paris Waterman (Newark, Del.). One of three Bears to score more than 20 goals on the season, Waterman came alive in Ivy competition, netting 11 of her 26 goals in League play. She had seven multi-goal outings, including a season-high five, along with three assists, in a win over St. Mary's (CA) on Apr. 19. Waterman let her presence be known all over the field, causing 15 turnovers and collecting 15 ground balls on the year.
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Thirteen players have been named to the All-Ivy second team, with all eight schools represented with at least one selection. Co-Ivy champions Penn and Dartmouth placed three and two members on the second team, respectively.
Senior midfielder Giulia Giordano (Moorestown, N.J.), junior goalkeeper Emily Leitner (Darien, Conn.) and freshman defender Lydia Miller (Warrenton, Va.) represent the Quakers' second team selections -- this marking a second consecutive honor for Giordano. The Big Green selections include senior attack Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore defender Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.). Meyer was a first team selection in 2010 while Johnson makes her first appearance on the All-Ivy team.
Rounding out the remaining nine selections are Brown's Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, N.Y.), Columbia's Kacie Johnson (Wilton, Conn.), Cornell's Katie Kirk (Annapolis, Md.), Harvard's Danielle Tetreault (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Ellen Gleason (Binghamton, N.Y.), Princeton's Cassie Pyle (Alexandria, Va.) and Yale's Fielding Kidd (Atlanta, Ga.).
Player of the Year
Kat Collins, Dartmouth (Sr., A, Darien, Conn.)
Rookie of the Year
Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Fr., GK, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
First Team All-Ivy (12)
A - *Jessi Steinberg, Cornell (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.)
A - *Kat Collins, Dartmouth (Sr., Darien, Conn.)
A - *Erin Brennan, Penn (Jr., Garden City, N.Y.)
A - Jennifer VanderMeulen, Harvard (So., Liverpool, N.Y.)
M - *Lizzy Drumm, Princeton (Sr., Westbury, N.Y.)
M - Paris Waterman, Brown (Sr., Newark, Del.)
M - Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Jr., Framingham, Mass.)
M - Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth (Jr., M, Wellesley, Mass.)
D - Kate Ivory, Cornell (So., Narberth, Pa.)
D - Shannie MacKenzie, Dartmouth (Sr., Riverside, Conn.)
D - Lindsey deButts, Princeton (Jr., Alexandria, Va.)
GK - Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Fr., Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Second Team All-Ivy (13^)
A - Kacie Johnson, Columbia (So., Wilton, Conn.)
A - Greta Meyer, Dartmouth (Sr., Denver, Colo.)
A - Bre Hudgins, Brown (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.)
A - Kaela McGilloway, Brown (Jr., Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
M - Giulia Giordano, Penn (Sr., Moorestown, N.J.)
M - Cassie Pyle, Princeton (Jr., Alexandria, Va.)
M - Danielle Tetreault, Harvard (So., Guilderland, N.Y.)
M - Katie Kirk, Cornell (Jr., Annapolis, Md.)
D - Lydia Miller, Penn (Fr., Warrenton, Va.)
D - Ellen Gleason, Harvard (Jr., Binghamton, N.Y.)
D - Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth (So., Hingham, Mass.)
D - Fielding Kidd, Yale (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)
GK - Emily Leitner, Penn (Jr., Darien, Conn.)
Honorable Mention (11)
A - Jessica Halpern, Harvard (Jr., Longmeadow, Mass.)
A - Jaci Gassaway, Princeton (So., Severna Park, Md.)
A - Bridget Waclawik, Penn (Sr., Fair Haven, N.J.)
M - Alexa Caldwell, Brown (Sr., Middletown, Del.)
M - Taylor Gattinella, Columbia (Jr., Greenwich, Conn.)
M - Maddie Poplawski, Penn (So., Springfield, Mass)
M - Shannon McHugh, Cornell (Jr., Manlius, N.Y.)
M - Kristen Goldberg, Dartmouth (Jr., Cockeysville, Md.)
D - Caroline "Cacki" Helmer, Cornell (Jr., Manlius, N.Y.)
D - Kaitlyn Flatley, Yale (Sr., Berwyn, Pa.)
GK - Erin Tochihara, Princeton (Sr., Englewood, Colo.)
^due to a tie in the voting