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December 3, 2010

Seven Women's Soccer Ivies Earn All-Region Honors; Sheeleigh Tabbed All-American

Complete NSCAA All-American Release

Complete NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team

Portions courtsey Penn Athletics Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard's Katherine Sheeleigh led seven total Ivy League women's soccer players on the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic region squads, the association announced Friday.

Sheeleigh was the lone Ivy to earn first-team recognition, placing her on the All-American ballot, where she earned fourth-team selection. The 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year from New Vernon, N.J., was a dynamic forward for the Crimson, leading the League in shots (72), points (24) and goals (9) on her way to earning Harvard’s sixth all-time Player of the Year honor. She was also named to the 2010 All-Ivy first team. Sheeleigh helped the Crimson to a 4-3-0, fourth-place finish in Ivy play and did her fair share of damage in Harvard’s League games, collecting five goals and three assists in seven outings.

Also making the all-region list from Harvard was junior defender Lindsay Kowal. Kowal was the lone Crimson to play every single minute of the season (1,476). The anchor of the defensive line, she helped Harvard to a trio of shutouts and a 1.52 goals against average. Kowal found the back of the net once this season, putting away the game-winner in a 2-0 final over Cornell on Oct. 9.

Representing Penn were senior defender Kaitlin Campbell, who was named to the secont team, and senior midfielder Sarah Friedman, who was a third-team selection.

Campbell anchored a defense that posted nine shutouts in 2010, the most by a Penn team since 2001. Campbell also scored the only goal in the Quakers' 1-0 win at Cal State Northridge. She was a first-team All-Ivy selection. Campbell is the first Penn player to earn second-team All-Region or better since Robin Watson was a second-team selection in 2005.

Friedman will graduate as Penn's all-time leader in assists, with 30. The Ivy League's only unanimous first-team selection this year, she led Penn and the Ivies with eight assists and also scored twice for 12 points which tied her for the team lead. Friedman was a four-time All-Ivy player at Penn, including first-team honors in 2008 -- when she set the school record for assists in a season with 15 -- and 2010.

Campbell and Friedman were two catalysts for Penn's Ivy League championship squad in 2010; the Quakers went 4-1-2 in league play to gain the title and earn the conference's NCAA Championship automatic bid. Overall, Penn went 9-7-2, losing to Big Ten champion Penn State 1-0 in the NCAA first round.

Columbia also had a pair of all-region selections in senior defender Lauren Cooke, a second-team honoree, and junior forward Ashlin Yahr, a third-team pick.

Cooke, a second-team All-Ivy honoree, was the only Lion to play all 1605 minutes this past season. The anchor to Columbia's defensive line, she led the Lions to a League-low 0.79 goals against average, allowing just 14 goals in 17 games.

Yahr, a first-team All-Ivy selection, led the Lions with seven goals, including four during Ivy play. She had three game-winners on the year including the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Cornell on Sept 24 and both scores in a 2-1 win over eventual Ivy champ Penn on Oct. 8.

Princeton's Jen Hoy rounded out the Ivy all-region selections. Hoy, a sophomore forward from Sellersville, Pa., led the Tigers in scoring with seven goals, including four game-winners. She was key to Princeton finishing 9-6-1 overall and 4-1-2 in Ivy play, good for a tie of second place.