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Women's Lacrosse All-Ivy -- 2012

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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- There was little doubt in the Ivy League coaches’ minds about the making of the 2012 All-Ivy First Team, as nine of the 11 selections were unanimous.

The League awards, however, were tougher to vote on, but for the second-straight year a Dartmouth player took home Ivy League Player of the Year after senior midfielder Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) earned this year’s award. The Big Green was unable to match last year’s feat of sweeping Player and Rookie of the Year, as the latter went to Princeton freshman Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md.), who becomes the first Tiger to earn that particular honor since Holly McGarvie in 2006.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Plumb 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). The 2012 Tewaarton Award nominee leads the League and ranks seventh in the nation in draw controls per game. She scored at least three goals on six separate occasions, including six against Yale on March 3, and tallied at least five points in four games. Plumb leads the League with three gamewinning goals, against Yale, No. 4 Duke and No. 7 Penn.

This season Plumb has set Dartmouth single-game, single-season and career records in draw controls with nine, 71 and 145, respectively. Her single-season and career totals are also Ivy League records. The award marks the second time in program history that Dartmouth has won consecutive Player of the Year honors. The Big Green previously accomplished the feat in 2000 and 2001 when Jacque Weitzel and Suzy Gibbons were the recipients.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
McMunn wasted no time making her presence felt for the Tigers, with five points on two goals and three assists in her first career game, a 16-3 win over Villanova. McMunn went on to set a Princeton freshman record with 30 assists, which also marked the second-most in Tigers history. She felt comfortable doing the scoring herself as well, with 18 goals of her own for 48 points on the year.

McMunn tallied at least five points on four occasions, including seven against Temple on April 4 in which she set a Princeton single-game record with six assists. She led her squad with six games of at least three assists, including that record-setting performance against the Owls. McMunn led all Ivy freshmen in assists and finished second in the League overall, ranking 25th in the nation with 2.0 assists per game. She ranks third nationally among freshman in assists and assists per game.

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
The first team is littered with returners, including Plumb, who earned her third All-Ivy award, her second first team honor and her first unanimous decision. Cornell attack Jessi Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) received her third-consecutive unanimous first team honor and Penn senior Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y.) took home her fourth All-Ivy honor, her third first team accolade and her second unanimous selection.

The other unanimous selections were Penn junior midfielder Maddie Poplawski (Springfield, Mass.) and senior goalie Emily Leitner (Darien, Conn.), Princeton senior midfielder Cassie Pyle (Alexandria, Va.) and senior defender Lindsey deButts (Alexandria, Va.), Cornell senior defender Cacki Helmer (Manilus, N.Y.) and Harvard senior defender Ellen Gleason (Binghamton, N.Y.).

A pair of attackers, Princeton junior Jaci Gassaway (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Columbia junior Kacie Johnson (Wilton, Conn.), earned their second-straight All-Ivy honors after being named to the honorable mention and second teams in 2011, respectively.

Brennan was Penn’s best offensive player, finishing with 26 points on 16 goals and 10 assists in Ivy action, all team-highs. She scored at least three goals in six games, including hat tricks against four Ivy opponents. Brennan tallied seven assists against Rutgers on March 7, the highest single-game total in the League this season.

Steinberg led the League in points per game during Ivy play, averaging 4.29 per contest. She finished the regular season second in goals (22) and goals per game (3.14) in League action, and tied for fourth in assists (eight) and assists per game (1.14). She is Cornell’s fifth three-time first-team All-Ivy winner and first since Courtney Farrell and Katherine Simmons (2006-07-08).

Gassaway finished with 23 points on 15 goals and eight assists in Ivy play. She scored hat tricks against three Ivy opponents, including six against Brown. Gassaway took her frustrations on missing the Ivy League Tournament out on No. 8 Penn State, posting six points on five goals and one assist in the Tigers’ 13-12 overtime victory.

Johnson was a bright spot during a tough season for Columbia, finishing with 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists in Ivy play and 73 points on 41 goals and 32 assists overall. She led the League in points overall and finished second in points per game in Ivy games (4.00).

Poplawski was a force offensively and defensively, scoring 14 goals while forcing a team-best seven caused turnovers in League contests. Overall, Poplawski led the team with 53 draw controls and ranked 17th in the country with 4.42 draw controls per game. She earned her second-straight All-Ivy honor after being named Honorable Mention in 2011.

Pyle scored 23 of her 38 goals in League games, leading her team in that category. She also led the League in goals during Ivy play. Five of the seven games in which she scored at least three goals came in a League contest, including five against Columbia. The award marks her second All-Ivy honor after she was named to the second team as a junior.

deButts earned her third-straight first-team All-Ivy honor and her second unanimous selection.  She becomes Princeton’s first three-time first team honoree since Theresa Sherry (2002-03-04). In 2012, deButts finished with 34 groundballs, including 16 in Ivy action.

Gleason’s second-straight All-Ivy honor was also her first on the first team. She is the first unanimous Crimson selected since Jennfer VanderMeulen in 2010. Gleason was a key defender for Harvard, which allowed a League-low 54 goals in Ivy action. She grabbed 13 groundballs, 10 of which came in conference play.

After two-straight years on the Honorable Mention team, Helmer finds herself a unanimous selection to the first team, the first Cornell defender to be honored this way since Tissy O’Connor in 2009. Helmer led her team with 19 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers in League play and ranked seventh in the nation in groundballs (3.07) and eighth nationally in caused turnovers (2.0).

Leitner is the first unanimous selection at goalkeeper since the Quakers’ Sarah Waxman received the honor in 2007. Leitner earned her second-straight All-Ivy recognition after being named to the second team in 2011. She went 6-1 in Ivy play with 43 saves and an 8.45 goals against average.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
The second team features the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Dartmouth sophomore Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.), who was a first team selection in 2011. Another 2011 first-team All-Ivy recipient, Harvard senior midfielder Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.), earned second team honors in 2012, marking her third-straight All-Ivy recognition.

The Big Green placed four players on the second team, including Giovanniello, senior attack Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) and a pair of senior defenders in Georgia Bird (Summit, N.J.) and Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.). Brown’s two 2012 All-Ivy recipients appear on the second team in senior attack Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Erin Roos (Wilmette, Ill.).

Cornell junior attack Caroline Salisbury (Middletown, Md.) and midfielder Shannon McHugh (Manilus, N.Y.) join Harvard junior midfielder Danielle Tetreault (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Columbia senior defender Amanda Goodhart (Alexandria, Va.) to round out the rest of the second team.

McMunn appears on the honorable mention team, as does Harvard freshman goalkeeper Kelly Weis (Garden City, N.Y.), a two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week this season. Harvard junior attack Jennifer VanderMeulen (Liverpool, N.Y.) received her third-straight All-Ivy honor after being named to the first team in 2010 and 2011. Yale’s lone All-Ivy recipient appears on the honorable mention squad in senior attack Caroline Crow (Davidsonville, Md.), who led the Bulldogs with 17 goals and 21 points in Ivy play.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr. (Wellesley, Mass.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Erin McMunn, Princeton, Fr. (Westminster, Md.)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY (13)^
A – * Erin Brennan, Penn, Sr. (Garden City, N.Y.)
A – Jaci Gassaway, Princeton, Jr. (Longmeadow, Mass.)
A – Kirsten Goldberg, Dartmouth, Sr. (Cockeysville, Md.)
A – Kacie Johnson, Columbia, Jr. (Wilton, Conn.)
A – *Jessi Steinberg, Cornell, Sr. (Suffern, N.Y.)
M – Melanie Baskind, Harvard, Sr. (Framingham, Mass.)
M – *Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr. (Wellesley, Mass.)
M – *Maddie Poplawski, Penn, Jr. (Springfield, Mass.)
M – *Cassie Pyle, Princeton, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – *Lindsey deButts, Princeton, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – *Ellen Gleason, Harvard, Sr. (Binghamton, N.Y.)
D – *Caroline “Cacki” Helmer, Cornell, Sr. (Manilus, N.Y.)
GK – *Emily Leitner, Penn, Sr. (Darien, Conn.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY (14)^
A – Caroline Crow, Yale, Sr. (Davidsonville, Md.)
A – Kaela McGilloway, Brown, Sr. (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
A – Erin McMunn, Princeton, Fr. (Westminster, Md.)
A – Caroline Salisbury, Cornell, Jr. (Middletown, Md.)
A – Courtney Tomchik, Penn, So. (Arnold, Md.)
M – Micaela Cyr, Harvard, Jr. (Lexington, Mass.)
M – Katie Kirk, Cornell, Sr. (Annapolis, Md.)
M – Shannon McHugh, Cornell, Sr. (Manilus, N.Y.)
M – Danielle Tetreault, Harvard, Jr. (Guilderland, N.Y.)
D – Georgia Bird, Dartmouth, Sr. (Summit, N.J.)
D – Amanda Goodhart, Columbia, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – Erin Roos, Brown, So. (Wilmette, Ill.)
D – Hilary Smith, Dartmouth, Sr. (Bronxville, N.Y.)
GK – Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth, So. (Old Brookville, N.Y.)

HONORABLE MENTION (13)
A – Jennifer VanderMeulen, Harvard, Jr. (Liverpool, N.Y.)
M – Meredith Cain, Penn, Jr. (Pittsburgh)
M – Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia, So. (Longmeadow, Mass.)
M – Erin Slifer, Princeton, Fr. (Mt. Airy, Md.)
D – Tayt Foussadier, Penn, Fr. (Turnersville, N.J.)
D – Mariel Jenkins, Harvard, Jr. (Belle Mead, N.J.)
D – Caroline Rehfuss, Princeton, Jr. (Latham, N.Y.)
GK – Kelly Weis, Harvard, Fr. (Garden City, N.Y.)

*unanimous selection
^expanded due to ties in the voting