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Women's Soccer All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

Women's Soccer All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard's Midge Purce, Brown's Christine Etzel and Yale's Aerial Chavarin received the Ivy League women's soccer postseason awards following a vote of the Ancient Eight head coaches.

Harvard's Chris Hamblin was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, while Crimson senior forward Midge Purce was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year. Brown sophomore goalkeeper Christine Etzel earned the Defensive Player of the Year award and Yale freshman forward Aerial Chavarin was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year.

Purce led the Crimson—and the Ivy League—with 12 goals and 28 points. The Olney, Md., native also ranks 30th in the nation in goals and 43rd in points. This is Purce's second career Offensive Player of the Year nod, after earning the award as a freshman in 2013. She is the second-straight unanimous Offensive Player of the Year selection, following Princeton's Tyler Lussi in 2015. Purce also joins Lussi as the second-ever two-time Offensive Player of the Year. With her First Team All-Ivy nod, Purce becomes the 20th four-time First-Team All-Ivy honoree.

Etzel anchored the Bear defense with a League-leading .921 save percentage and a .36 goals against average. The Madison, Conn., native also ranks second in the NCAA in save percentage and fourth in goals against average. Etzel is the first women's soccer of-the-Year award-winner for Brown since Kathryn Moos was named Rookie of the Year in 2003 and is the Bears first-ever Defensive Player of the Year. Since the award was instituted in 2013, Etzel is the first-ever unanimous Defensive Player of the Year selection.

Chavarin led the Bulldogs with nine goals, five assists and 23 points. The Oakland, Calif., native also ranks third in the League in the trio of offensive categories. Chavarin is Yale's fifth Rookie of the Year selection, and first since Melissa Gavin in 2011. She is the second-straight unanimous Rookie of the Year honoree, following Princeton's Mimi Asom in 2015.

Hamblin, who led the Crimson to their 13th all-time Ivy League title in his first year at the helm, is the program's second Coach of the Year selection since the award was instituted in 2014. Harvard was unbeaten in Ivy League play this season, compiling a 5-0-2 record. The Crimson return to the NCAA Tournament for their 16th all-time appearance and will be searching for their 10th NCAA Tournament win when they visit Rutgers at 5 p.m. Saturday.

League champion Harvard and runner-up Brown led the way with three First Team All-Ivy honorees.

Joining unanimous selection Purce are Crimson senior midfielder Carly Rotatori (Summit, N.J) and junior defender Dani Stollar (Honolulu, Hawaii). The duo appeared in all 16 games for Harvard, with Rotatori starting 15 and Stollar starting the entire regular-season slate. The pair contributed to Harvard's defensive unit in seven shutouts on the season—and to the Crimson's League-leading .40 goals against average in League play.

Joining unanimous selection Etzel are Brown senior forward Carly Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and junior defender Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Gould led the Bears with four goals, four assists and 12 points on the year, earning her second-straight First Team All-Ivy nod as a unanimous selection. Lehan tallied one goal, two assists and four points this season, while also contributing to the Bear defensive unit that ranked second in the NCAA with a .918 save percentage and fifth with a .409 goals against average.

Princeton is represented on the First Team by senior forward Tyler Lussi (Lutherville, Md.) and senior defender Jesse McDonough (Monmouth Beach, N.J.). Lussi finished second in the League with 10 goals and 24 points, behind Offensive Player of the Year Purce. The duo has accounted for four-straight Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year nods, with Purce winning in 2013 and Lussi taking home the 2014 and 2015 honors. With this year's First Team All-Ivy nod, Lussi becomes the 45th three-time First Team All-Ivy honoree. McDonough tallied a team-high five assists on the season—with four-of-five coming during League play.

Penn also boasts a pair of First Team All-Ivy honorees in freshman midfielder Emily Sands (West Chester, Pa.) and senior defender Paige Lombard (Belleair Bluffs, Fla.). Sands paced the Ivy League with six assists and also added four goals for the Quakers to accumulated a team-high 14 points. Lombard tallied three goals, while starting all 16 games as a defender for Penn, en route to her second-straight First Team All-Ivy honor.

Dartmouth sophomore midfielder Remy Borinsky (Warren, N.J.) grabbed the final First Team All-Ivy slot after starting all 16 games for the Big Green. She accumulated four points via a goal and two assists on the season.

Chavarin was the lone First Team All-Ivy selection for Yale.

Columbia is represented by a quartet of Second Team All-Ivy selections: sophomore forward Amaris Hemmings (Bronx, N.Y.), junior midfielder Natalie Neshat (San Diego, Calif.), junior defender Natalie Ambrose (Sisters, Ore.) and senior goalkeeper Allison Spencer (Salt Lake City, Utah).

Senior midfielder Ellie Crowell (Hamburg, N.Y.) is a Second Team All-Ivy honoree for Cornell.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Midge Purce, Harvard (Sr., F – Olney, Md.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Fr., F – Oakland, Calif.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Hamblin, Harvard

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Midge Purce, Harvard (Sr., F – Olney, Md.)
Tyler Lussi, Princeton (Sr., F – Lutherville, Md.)
Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Fr., F – Oakland, Calif.)
*Carly Gould, Brown (Sr., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Remy Borinsky, Dartmouth (So., M – Warren, N.J.)
Carly Rotatori, Harvard (Sr., M – Summit, N.J.)
Emily Sands, Penn (Fr., M – West Chester, Pa.)
Maclaine Lehan, Brown (Jr., D – Shrewsbury, Mass.)
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Jr., D – Honolulu, Hawaii)
Paige Lombard, Penn (Sr., D – Belleair Bluffs, Fla.)
Jesse McDonough, Princeton (Sr., D – Monmouth Beach, N.J.)
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn. )

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Amaris Hemmings, Columbia (So., F – Bronx, N.Y.)
Rachel Garcia, Harvard (Sr., F – Duluth, Ga.)
Mimi Asom, Princeton (So., F – Dallas, Texas)
Natalie Neshat, Columbia (Jr., M – San Diego, Calif.)
Ellie Crowell, Cornell (Sr., M – Hamburg, N.Y.)
Natalie Larkin, Princeton (Jr., M – Washington, D.C.)
Natalie Ambrose, Columbia (Jr., D – Sisters, Ore.)
Brittany Champagne, Dartmouth (Jr., D – Suffield, Conn.)
Bailey Gary, Harvard (Sr., D – Davis, Calif.)
Carlin Hudson, Yale (Jr., D – Berkeley, Calif.)
Allison Spencer, Columbia (Sr., GK – Salt Lake City, Utah)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Celia Story, Brown (So., F – Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Emma Loving, Penn (Fr., F – Doylestown, Pa.)
Abby Givens, Princeton (Fr., F – Charlotte, N.C.)
Lindsay Knutson, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Wilton, Conn.)
Allie Trzaska, Penn (So., M – Yardley, Pa.)
Vanessa Gregoire, Princeton (Jr., M – Beaconsfield, Que.)
Nicole Phillips, Brown (So., D – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.)
Kerry Manion, Columbia (Jr., D – Westlake Village, Calif.)
Amalya Johnson, Columbia (Fr., D – Montclair, N.J.)
Meghan Kennedy, Cornell (So., GK – Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Lizzie Durack, Harvard (Sr., GK – Sydney, Australia)

* Unanimous Selection
^ First Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting