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December 10, 2011

Six Ivy Women's Soccer Players Earn All-Mid-Atlantic Honors

Complete 2011 NCAA Div. I All-Mid-Atlantic Teams

Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Harvard Athletic Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Six Ivy League women's soccer players earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors it was announced by the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA). Four Ivies were named to the Mid-Atlantic second team and two more earned third team honors. Penn led the way with three honorees, while Harvard, Brown and Yale each had one.

The Penn trio of senior defender Adrienne Lerner, junior midfielder Erin Beck and sophomore forward Kathryn Barth as well as Harvard senior forward Melanie Baskind were named to the second team.

Lerner, a team co-captain, started all 17 matches on the back line and was a key component of a defense that posted a school-record 13 shutouts and allowed just seven goals in 17 matches.

Beck, a co-captain along with Lerner, scored two goals and added two assists for six points while often controlling the game from her central midfield spot. A constant offensive threat, she took 29 shots which was tops among midfielders and third on the team overall.

Barth finished tied for the team lead in goals (8) while also leading the Quakers in assists (8) and points (24). Her assist total is tied for fifth on Penn's single-season list, while her 24 points place her eighth on the single-season list in that category. Barth finished the year recording at least a point in seven of the Quakers' last eight games.

Baskind, who garnered Capital One Academic All-America first team honors, was the unanimous choice as the Ivy League Player of the Year, earning her fourth straight nod to the all-conference team. A co-captain of the Crimson, Baskind led Harvard in 2011 to its third Ivy title in four seasons. Baskind tied for the conference lead with 24 points, eight goals and eight assists. She also ranks tied for sixth in program history with 79 career points, is sixth with 25 assists and stands seventh with 27 goals. A nominee for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Baskind also serves as a co-captain of the Harvard women’s lacrosse team.

Brown senior defender Allison Kagawa and Yale freshman forward Melissa Gavin rounded out the Ivy contingent by earning third team honors. Gavin has the added honor of being one of just three freshmen to earn All-Mid-Atlantic honors.

A three-time All-Ivy honoree, Kagawa earned first team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season after earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy in 2009. One of just two unanimous first team All-Ivy selections in 2011, Kagawa helped the Bears post seven shutouts, which was tied for second in the Ivy League, while allowing just 14 goals in 17 games, also second in the League. Kagawa started all 66 games during her four-year career and also posted two assists this season to match a career high.

Gavin had an outstanding freshman season for the Bulldogs en route to being named the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She started all 17 games, finishing with six goals and 19 points, which were both second on the team. Three of her goals and three of her assists came in Ivy play, and she was the top scoring freshman overall in the league. The Bulldogs were 4-1-1 in games when she scored a goal.