Photos and portions courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The postseason honors continue to gather for Ivy League women's lacrosse players, as Penn's Meg Markham and Princeton's Colleen Smith were named to the ECAC first team, while Markham also earned a spot on the All-Inside Lacrosse team.
Markham, who was named first-team All-American last week by the IWLCA, adds the ECAC and Inside Lacrosse recogniton to her impressive list of accomplishments from the 2014 season. In addition to her All-American honor, Markham was named first-team All-Region and earned All-American honors from WomensLax.com.
Inside the Ivy League, Markham was chosen Ivy League Defender of the Year by the Anicent Eight's coaches, adding unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors for the second year in a row. An All-Tournament selection at the Ivy League Tournament, Markham was one of 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees this season as the nation's top 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.
Smith continues to collect postseason honors. In the past weeks she has been named second-team All-America, first-team all-region and first-team All-Ivy.
Co-captain of the 2014 Tigers that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and claimed a share of the Ivy League championship, Smith anchored the defense. She finished second on team in caused turnovers with 14 and added 17 draw controls and 13 ground balls.
Smith scored her first career points this season, with a goal and three assists, while also earning career-bests of four caused turnovers and five draw controls both against ranked teams. Smith and the Princeton defense limited opponents to just 9.53 goals per game to finish the season 12-7 and ranked No. 16 in the final coaches poll of the season.