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December 6, 2013

Two Women's Soccer Ivies Named All-Americans

2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-America Teams

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America teams were announced, and for the first time since 2004, a pair of Ivies were honored.

Harvard freshman forward Midge Purce and Penn sophomore defender Caroline Dwyer each earned third-team All-America status, marking the most Ivies to be named All-Americans since Princeton’s Diana Matheson and Esmeraldo Negron were joined by Harvard’s Liza Barber in 2004.

Purce and Dwyer combined to take home all three of the Ivy League postseason awards in 2013, as Purce was selected Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year and Dwyer received Defensive Player of the Year.

Purce is the first Crimson to be named All-American since Katherine Sheeleigh in 2010. Purce tallied 26 points and 11 goals, tying for the League-lead in both categories. She was the first Crimson freshman since Naomi Miller in 1995 to tally 26 points.

Dwyer is just the second Quaker to be named All-American, joining Katy Cross, who earned second team honors in 2001. Dwyer was a key figure on a defense that shut out 12 of its 17 opponents, one clean sheet shy of Penn’s single-season record. The Quakers allowed just eight goals all season, just missing the mark for fewest goals allowed (seven).