Portions of this story courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Three Ivies earned
Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)
All-America honors, the organization announced Tuesday.
Penn junior defender Meg Markham was the lone League representative on the first team, the first Ivy to accomplish the feat since Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb in 2012 and the first Quaker to earn first team honors since Ali DeLuca in 2010. Princeton placed two on the All-America teams, in senior defender Colleen Smith (second team) and junior attack Erin McMunn (third team). It marks the first time Princeton received multiple All-America accolades in the same season since 2011.
The Ivy League’s Defender of the Year, Markham was a first-team All-Region selection and a unanimous choice as first-team All-Ivy this season. During the course of 2014, she was named one of 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees as the nation’s top collegiate player.
Markham was the statistical leader in three crucial defensive areas for the Quakers as they won an Ivy League –record eighth consecutive conference championship and a second consecutive Ivy League Tournament title. Markham’s 43 caused turnovers – 13 more than the next-highest number in the Ivy League – were the most on the Quakers and her 2.39 caused turnovers-per-game was fifth in Division I. In terms of ground balls, Markham scooped up a team-leading 46 which ranked second in the Ivy League and was tops among primary defenders. Markham also was a force for Penn on the draw, winning 42 draw controls – ranking seventh among all players in the Ivy League and leading primary defenders.
Markham was twice named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week during the regular season as the Quakers posted nation’s seventh-best team defense, allowing 7.78 goals-per-game during 2014. The Quakers only allowed 10+ goals in four of 18 contests during the season, and allowed seven or fewer eight times. In Ivy League play, the Quakers only conceded 7.73 goals-per-game.
A defender, Smith earned first-team all-region and first-team All-Ivy honors this year. An unfortunate injury on the opening draw of the Ivy League Tournament semifinal left Smith without a chance to play in her final NCAA Tournament. As part of the Princeton defense that limited opponents to just 9.53 goals per game, Smith finished second on team in caused turnovers with 14 and added 17 draw controls and 13 ground balls. This year she scored her first career points, scoring her first goal against No. 14 Georgetown and winning a career-best five draw controls.
Additionally Smith tallied three assists, including one in the season opener at No. 6 Loyola where she caused a career-high four turnovers. Highlighting her season was her play against No. 10 Penn and Dartmouth, after which she was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Smith anchored the defense that forced Penn into 13 turnovers and just 13 shots. She was also crucial in limiting Penn to just five goals, its fewest goals scored in an Ivy League game since April 15, 2006.
This is the second All-America honor for McMunn, as she was a second-team selection a year ago. She began the season on the Tewaaraton Watch List, and ended the season with a first-team all-region honor and a first-team All-Ivy honor. For the second consecutive season, McMunn led the Tigers in scoring, finishing with 57 points on 44 goals and13 assists. She collected 19 draws, 14 ground balls and caused five turnovers.
Against Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, McMunn scored her 100th career goal. She currently ranks ninth all-time at Princeton with 174 points on 102 goals and 72 assists. McMunn is nine assists away from becoming Princeton's all-time assist leader. In addition to Princeton records, McMunn set four Ivy League Tournament records, for goals and points in a game and in a tournament. McMunn had a goal in 39 of the last 40 games, and a total of 139 points during her 39-game goal scoring streak.
The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.
IWLCA All-American Teams
Nikki Boltja, University of Louisville, Sr., Attack
Taylor D’Amore, Johns Hopkins University, Sr., Attack
Abbey Friend, University of North Carolina, Sr., Attack
Brooke Griffin, University of Maryland, Jr., Attack
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse University, Sr., Attack
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse University, So., Attack
Taylor Cummings, University of Maryland, So., Midfield
Shannon Gilroy, University of Florida, Jr., Midfield
Kelly McPartland, University of Maryland, Jr., Midfield
Mikaela Rix, Boston College, Jr., Midfield
Megan Douty, University of Maryland, Jr., Defense
Meg Markham, University of Pennsylvania, Jr., Defense
Sloane Serpe, University of North Carolina, Sr., Defense
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame University, Sr., Defense
Taylor Virden, Duke University, Sr., Defense
Liz Colgan, University of Virginia, Sr., Goalkeeper
Katie Ferris, University of Massachusetts, Sr., Attack
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern University, Sr., Attack
Kerrin Maurer, Duke University, Jr., Attack
Jill Remenapp, University of Denver, Jr., Attack
Covie Stanwick, Boston College, Jr., Attack
Courtney Swan, University of Virginia, Jr., Attack
Hannah Farr, Stanford University, Jr., Midfield
Beth Glaros, University of Maryland, Sr., Midfield
Lauren Kahn, University of Connecticut, Sr., Midfield
Kaylin Morissette, University of Louisville, So., Midfield
Marlee Paton, Loyola University, Sr., Midfield
Kasey Mock, Syracuse University, Sr., Defense
Lauren Purvis, Pennsylvania State University, Sr., Defense
Colleen Smith, Princeton University, Sr., Defense
Morgan Stephens, University of Virginia, Jr., Defense
Tori DeScenza, Ohio State University, Jr., Goalkeeper
Liza Blue, University of Virginia, Sr., Attack
Faye Brust, University of Louisville, Jr., Attack
Cortney Fortunato, University of Notre Dame, Fr., Attack
Sydney Holman, University of North Carolina, Fr., Attack
Erin McMunn, Princeton University, Jr., Attack
Aly Messinger, University of North Carolina, So., Attack
Annie Thomas, Loyola University, Jr., Attack
Nora Barry, University of Florida, Jr., Midfield
Sammy Cermack, Johns Hopkins University, Sr., Midfield
Madison Cyr, Penn State University, So., Midfield
Taryn VanThof, Loyola University, Jr., Midfield
Kathleen Lennon, University of Albany, Sr., Defense
Maddy Lesher, Loyola University, So., Defense
Alice Mercer, University of Maryland, So., Defense
Monica Negron, University of Louisville, Sr., Defense
Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook University, Sr., Goalkeeper