PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) honored 17 Ivy League women's lacrosse players on its All-Region teams, including 11 who received first team accolades.
These athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 27. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 16, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
In the Northeast Region, four unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections were named to the IWLCA first team. Cornell seniors Cacki Helmer and Jessi Steinberg were joined on the squad by Harvard senior defender Ellen Gleason and Dartmouth senior midfielder Sarah Plumb, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year. For Plumb and Steinberg, the honor marked the third-straight year they each were named All-Region, as they received second team accolades the previous two seasons.
The second team included three from Dartmouth in senior defender Georgia Bird, sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello and senior attack Kirsten Goldberg. Harvard midfielders Melanie Baskind and Danielle Tetreault and Cornell attack Caroline Salisbury were also named second team All-Region.
Plumb was named Player of the Year after a regular season in which the senior led Dartmouth in points (44), goals (33), assists (11), draw controls (71) and caused turnovers (15) and was second on the team in groundballs (27).
Steinberg and Salisbury led the League in goals per game (2.75), while Helmer currently ranks seventh and eighth in the nation in groundballs and caused turnovers, respectively. Gleason was a key member of a Crimson defense that ranked fourth in the nation in goals allowed, at 7.81 per game.
Giovanniello was named the 2012 Ivy League Tournament MVP after leading her team to the title. She earned her second-straight All-Region honor as she was named to the first team last season. Her teammate Bird took home her first career IWLCA postseason award and second honor of the year after receiving second-team All-Ivy. Goldberg was named to the All-Tournament team after finishing with four goals in the two games for the Big Green.
Baskind received her third-straight second-team All-Region honor and Tetreault earned her second-consecutive award after being named to the first team in 2011.
Penn and Princeton combined to place seven players on the Mid-Atlantic Region first and second teams, including three each on the first team. Penn senior attack Erin Brennan and senior goalkeeper Emily Leitner were joined by junior midfielder Maddie Poplawski, while the Tigers saw senior defender Lindsey deButts, junior attack Jaci Gassaway and senior midfielder Cassie Pyle named to the squad. Penn freshman defender Taylor Foussadier earned second team honors, the only Ivy freshman named All-Region.
Brennan's award marks the third-straight season the senior was named first-team All-Region. She was voted All-Ivy first team unanimously after finishing with 26 points on 16 goals and 10 assists in the regular season, all team-highs. Leitner and Poplawski were also unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections; Leitner earned her second-straight All-Region award and Poplawski her first.
For Princeton, deButts took home her third-straight first-team All-Region honor, while Gassaway and Pyle each were named to the first team for the second-consecutive season.