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PRINCETON, N.J. -- It is the beginning of a new era in Ivy League women's lacrosse.
The postseason awards have changed, as the League's eight coaches now vote on Attacker of the Year, Midfielder of the Year and Defender of the Year. No surprise, the first three such honors went to three of the four teams that will compete in the 2013 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
ATTACKER OF THE YEAR
Princeton sophomore Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md.) will go down in history as the last Ivy player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, as she took home the award last season. She will also go down in the record books as the first Ivy player to earn one of the League's postseason award the season following her Rookie of the Year selection, as she has been voted Attacker of the Year.
McMunn is just the second-ever sophomore to earn one of the League's major awards, joining Harvard's Francesca DenHartog, who was named Player of the Year in 1981. McMunn is also the third player in League history to receive back-to-back postseason awards, joining DenHartog, who also was named Player of the Year in 1982, and former Tiger Cristi Samara, who earned consecutive Player of the Year honors in 1998 and 1999.
McMunn, who was also a unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy, led her team with 64 points on a career-high 37 goals along with 27 assists. She ranks second in the League in assists and assists per game and tied for fifth in goals and goals per game. She was named Offensive Player of the Week a League-best three times this season. She takes home her second-straight All-Ivy honor, as she was named to the second team in 2012.
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Not only did Penn junior Shannon Mangini (Garden City, N.Y.) receive her first career All-Ivy honor, as she was unanimously voted to the first team, she also earned her first career major postseason honor, as she was named Midfielder of the Year.
Mangini finished the regular season with 24 points on 22 goals and two assists, along with 25 groundballs, 17 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. Mangini saved some of her best play for late in games, as her three overtime goals in 2013 marks the most in a single season since Princeton's Jaci Gassaway netted three in 2011.
Mangini was named Player of the Week on April 22 after scoring in both regulation and overtime in back-to-back contests as Penn clinched first-place in the League with a 7-0 Ivy mark. Mangini, who is tied for second in the League with three gamewinning goals this season, finished the regular season strong, with at least one goal in eight-straight games, including three hat tricks and a five-goal performance in a win over Cornell, Penn's upcoming opponent in the Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Cornell senior Kate Ivory (Narberth, Pa.) did not play her junior year after suffering a major knee injury, but she made up for lost time this season, setting career-highs in groundballs (47) and caused turnovers (32). Her previous highs were 37 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers, set in 2011.
Ivory ranks tied for third in the country in groundballs and sixth in the nation in caused turnovers, making her a fairly easy choice for Defender of the Year. She tallied at least three groundballs 12 times this season and at least two caused turnovers on 10 separate occasions.
Ivory is yet another unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, marking the second time she has earned first team honors (2011).
A total of eight Ivies were unanimously voted to the first team, including three from Penn and three from Princeton. For the Quakers, sophomores Lucy Ferguson (GK – Montclair, N.J.) and Meg Markham (D – Manhasset, N.Y.) joined Tiger junior midfielder Sarah Lloyd (Severna Park, Md.) and senior defender Caroline Rehfuss (Latham, N.Y.) in receiving nothing but first-place votes. Columbia senior attack Kacie Johnson (Wilton, Conn.) and Ivory were the other two unanimous selections.
Ferguson was stellar between the pipes, as she led the League in saves (106) while ranking second in goals against average (9.02), save percentage (.451) and saves per game (7.57). Ferguson, a two-time Defensive Player of the Week, becomes the second-straight Quaker goalie to be unanimously voted to the first team, as Emily Leitner accomplished the feat last year.
Markham was a one-time Defensive Player of the Week recipient and she led her team with 26 groundballs, while finishing third on the squad in caused turnovers (11) and draw controls (26), setting career-highs in all three categories. She receives her first career All-Ivy accolade.
Lloyd also earns her first career All-Ivy honor. The junior led the Tigers with 44 draw controls and 24 groundballs, while also recording 12 caused turnovers. She finished second on the team in points (31) and third in assists (14) and set career-highs in draw controls, groundballs, points and assists. She also matched her personal-best with 17 goals, which she previously accomplished last season.
Rehfuss earns her second-straight All-Ivy award after being named Honorable Mention last season. In 2013, the senior defender finished with 15 groundballs, six draw controls and a team-high 17 caused turnovers. She also tallied an assist from her defensive position.
Johnson finished her career in style, leading the League in goals (52), goals per game (3.47), points (68) and points per game (4.53), while also recording 32 groundballs, 18 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. Johnson earns her third-straight All-Ivy accolade, her second-consecutive first team honor and her first unanimous selection.
All eight Ivy League schools were represented on the first team.
Dartmouth saw two players named to the first team in senior attack Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and senior midfielder Courtney Bennett (Darien, Conn.), as each received their first career postseason honor. Bowers led her team with 53 points on 40 goals and 13 assists, while also recording 40 draw controls, 17 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. Bennett, meanwhile, led the Big Green with 46 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers and finished third on the squad with 28 groundballs. She also tallied 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists.
Brown junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) is the first Bear to receive first team honors since Paris Waterman in 2011. Hudgins led her team in points (48), goals (36) and assists (12), while finishing second in draw controls (51). Hudgins takes home her second career All-Ivy award, as she was named to the second team in 2011.
Cornell sophomore Lindsay Toppe (Bedford, N.Y.) received her first career All-Ivy award and joined Ivory on the first team. Toppe led the Big Red in points (58) and goals (47), while also tallying 11 assists. She set career-highs in all three categories and twice was named Offensive Player of the Week.
Harvard senior Micaela Cyr (Lexington, Mass.) is no stranger to the All-Ivy teams, as she was named Honorable Mention as a freshman and second team last season. This year, Cyr led her team with 46 points on 31 goals and 15 assists, as well as 29 groundballs. She also posted 36 draw controls and eight caused turnovers.
Yale freshman Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) is the only rookie to be named to the first team in 2013, and the first Bulldog to earn first-team All-Ivy honors since Lauren Taylor and Jess Champion in 2008. Daniggelis is the first Yale freshman to be named to the first team since Taylor in 2005.
Highlighting the rest of the All-Ivy teams are the Bunting sisters; Abby (So., Brown) earned second-team honors and Caroline (Sr., Penn) was named honorable mention.
The 2013 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament kicks off on Friday, May 3, at Penn's Franklin Field. In the first semifinal at 4 p.m., third-seed Dartmouth will face second-seed Princeton, followed by fourth-seed Cornell at the top-seeded Quakers at 7 p.m. Fans can also watch the action live on IvyLeagueSports.com.
ATTACKER OF THE YEAR
Erin McMunn, Princeton (So. – Westminster, Md.)
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Shannon Mangini, Penn (Jr. – Garden City, N.Y.)
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Kate Ivory, Cornell (Sr. – Narberth, Pa.)
Hana Bowers, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Micaela Cyr, Harvard (Sr., A – Lexington, Mass.)
Nicole Daniggelis, Yale (Fr., A – St. James, N.Y.)
Bre Hudgins, Brown (Jr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
*Kacie Johnson, Columbia (Sr., A – Wilton, Conn.)
Erin McMunn, Princeton (So., A – Westminster, Md.)
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (So., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Darien, Conn.)
*Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Jr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
*Shannon Mangini, Penn (Jr., M – Garden City, N.Y.)
*Kate Ivory, Cornell (Sr., D – Narberth, Pa.)
*Meg Markham, Penn (So., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
*Caroline Rehfuss, Princeton (Sr., D – Latham, N.Y.)
*Lucy Ferguson, Penn (So., GK – Montclair, N.J.)
Meredith Cain, Penn (Sr., A – Pittsburgh)
Devon Rhodes, Yale (Sr., A – East Northport, N.Y.)
Caroline Salisbury, Cornell (Sr., A – Middletown, Md.)
Abby Bunting, Brown (So., M – Wellesley, Mass.)
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Jr., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
Maddie Poplawski, Penn (Sr., M – Springfield, Pa.)
Audrey Todd, Harvard (Fr., M – Baltimore)
Liz Bannantine, Princeton (Fr., D – Baltimore)
Mariel Jenkins, Harvard (Sr., D – Belle Mead, N.J.)
Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Hingham, Mass.)
Erin Roos, Brown (Jr., D – Wilmette, Ill.)
Caroline Franke, Princeton (Jr., GK – Annapolis, Md.)
Liz Calby, Dartmouth (Jr., A – Darien, Conn.)
Caroline Bunting, Penn (Sr., A – Wellesley, Mass.)
Danielle Tetreault, Harvard (Sr., M – Guilderland, N.Y.)
Kelly Buechel, Columbia (Sr., M – South Orange, N.J.)
Sarah Hefner, Cornell (So., M – Bel Air, Md.)
Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Jr., GK – Old Brookville, N.Y.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, the first team expanded to 14