April 27, 2010

Fiorentino, Quackenbush and Rhodes Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Trio Honored by Ancient Eight after Coaches' Vote

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three Yale women's lacrosse players were named All-Ivy League on Tuesday following a vote by the league's eight head coaches. Senior defender Michele Fiorentino (Berwyn, Pa.) and freshman midfielder Devon Rhodes (E. Northport, N.Y.) were named second team All-Ivy, while sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors.

This was the first career All-Ivy League selection for Fiorentino, who was a mainstay of the Yale defense for four years and produced some of the best numbers of her career this year. In Ivy League games, her 10 caused turnovers and 13 ground balls both lead the team. She also led the team in caused turnovers overall (20) and was in second in ground balls (25). That included a three-caused turnover, three-ground ball game in Yale's 17-13 win over Harvard. She repeated those numbers in Yale's win over Columbia as well. Throughout her career Fiorentino was one of the team's most reliable players, with 57 career starts, and she missed just three games. She routinely marked one of the opposing team's top scorers.

Fiorentino is a biology major in Timothy Dwight College. Prior to Yale she attended Conestoga High.

Rhodes led the team in goals (27, including 14 in Ivy League games), points (35, including 15 in Ivy League games) and draw controls (23, including 10 in Ivy League games). She was just the fifth freshman in Yale history to lead the team in both goals and points, and she succeeded despite being the focal point of opposing defenses. Rhodes accounted for a significant chunk of Yale's attack -- 25% of the team's goals. She also made a dramatic improvement over the course of the year. After shooting .286 (six goals on 21 shots) in her first four games, she shot .429 (21 goals on 49 shots) in the final 11 games.

Rhodes' eight goals in Yale's win over Harvard are tied for second-most in a game in Yale history. That was one of her four hat tricks for the season, which also included scoring three in the win over Brown. She is just the third Yale freshman in the last nine years to earn first- or second-team All-Ivy. Lauren Taylor '08 was a first-team selection in 2005, and Katie Sargent '05 was a second-team pick in 2002.

Rhodes is in Timothy Dwight College. Prior to Yale she attended Northport High and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets.

This is the second honorable mention All-Ivy League selection for Quackenbush, who was also a second team All-Region selection last year. This year she faced the added pressure of having no margin for error. She was the only goalie on Yale's roster, so she could not afford to have a bad game or even a bad half -- let alone take off any time for being injured or sick. On top of that, she faced a barrage of shots: 393 overall, including 176 in Ivy League games. Many of those came from point-blank range. She rose to the occasion and is 16th in the NCAA in save percentage (.491) and 15th in saves per game (10.0). Her .476 save percentage in Ivy League games was second among league goalies.

Quackenbush's 60 saves in Yale's seven Ivy League games gave her an average of nearly nine saves per league game, and she was one of only two Ivy goalies with 60 or more saves in league games. Her 145 saves overall were the most by a Yale goalkeeper since 2000, when Amanda Sisley '03 made 146. She had 12 saves or more in a game five times this year, including a dozen against Dartmouth and a dozen against Columbia.

Quackenbush is a psychology major in Ezra Stiles College. Prior to Yale she attended Manhasset High.

The All-Ivy League first and second teams each include three midfielders, three attackers, three defenders, one goalie and two “wild cards” (any field position). Because there was a tie at the top of the voting in the wild cards, there wound up being three “wild card” first-team selections and just one “wild card” second-team selection. The honorable mention All-Ivy League team includes any player that received at least one first-team vote or two second-team votes.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity  

2010 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Player Awards
*Unanimous selection

Player of the Year:
*Ali DeLuca, Penn (Sr., Hillsborough, N.J.)

Rookie of the Year:
*Jennifer VanderMeulen, Harvard (Fr., Liverpool, N.Y.)

First Team (13)
*Attack - Jessi Steinberg, Cornell (So., Suffern, N.Y.)
*Attack - Greta Meyer, Dartmouth (Jr., Denver, Colo.)
*Attack - Jennifer VanderMeulen, Harvard (Fr., Liverpool, N.Y.)
Attack - Erin Brennan, Penn (So., Garden City, N.J.)
Attack - Lizzy Drumm, Princeton (Jr., Westbury, N.Y)
*Midfield - Ali DeLuca, Penn (Sr., Hillsborough, N.J.)
*Midfield - Emma Spiro, Penn (Sr., Wellesley, Mass.)
Midfield - Paris Waterman, Brown (Jr., Newark, Del.)
*Defense - Lindsey deButts, Princeton (So., Alexandria, Va.)
Defense - Shannie MacKenzie, Dartmouth (Jr., Riverside, Conn.)
Defense - Tissy O'Connor, Cornell (Sr., Winchester, Mass.)
Defense - Kaileigh Wright, Penn (Sr., Mendham, N.J.)
Goalkeeper - Julie Wadland, Dartmouth (Sr., Andover, Mass.)

Second Team (11)
Attack - Libby Johnson, Cornell (Jr., Skaneateles, N.Y.)
Attack - Kaela McGilloway, Brown (So., Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
Attack - Brittany Shannon, Columbia (Jr. Garden City, N.Y.)
Midfield - Melanie Baskind, Harvard (So., Framingham, Mass.)
Midfield - Giulia Giordano, Penn (Jr., Moorestown, N.J.)
Midfield - Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth (So., Wellesley, Mass.)
Midfield - Devon Rhodes, Yale (Fr., East Northport, N.Y.)
Defense - Michele Fiorentino, Yale (Sr., Berwyn, Pa.)
Defense - Colleen Olsen, Dartmouth (Sr., Avon, Conn.)
Defense - Barb Seamen, Penn (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
Goalkeeper - Erin Tochihara, Princeton (Jr., Englewood, Colo.)

Honorable Mention (9)
Micaela Cyr, Harvard (Fr., M, Lexington, Mass.)
Taylor Gattinella, Columbia (So., M, Greenwich, Conn.)
Kirsten Goldberg, Dartmouth (So., M, Cockeysville, Md.)
Amanda Goodheart, Columbia (So., D, Alexandria, Va.)
Caroline Helmer, Cornell (So., M, Manlius, N.Y.)
Courtney Lubbe, Penn (Sr., A, Newtown, Pa.)
Kristin Morrison, Princeton (Sr., A, Manhasset, N.Y.)
Sarah Parks, Dartmouth (So., A, Ellicott City, Md.)
Whitney Quackenbush, Yale (So., G, Manhasset, N.Y.)