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Three Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Accolades

Noelle Higginson (Don Clark photo)
Noelle Higginson (Don Clark photo)

Higginson Named to All-Ivy First Team for Second Consecutive Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following the close of the 2018 regular season this past weekend, three members of the Yale women's soccer team were chosen as All-Ivy honorees. Junior midfielder Noelle Higginson received first-team All-Ivy recognition for the second consecutive season, while junior forward Aerial Chavarin was named to the second team and senior defender Mackenzie Marsh was an All-Ivy Honorable Mention honoree. 

Higginson, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a member of Morse College, tallied a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs with four goals and seven assists. The junior playmaker was an integral piece of the Eli offense and controlled Yale's attack from the center of the field. One of only three players to start all 17 of Yale's games throughout the season, Higginson served as a constant amidst many lineup changes due to injury. 

The now two-time first-team honoree also scored four goals a season ago but made huge strides in her playmaking this season. While Higginson failed to record an assist in last season's first-team All-Ivy campaign, she tied for second in the league and fifth in a single Yale season with seven helpers in 2018.

Chavarin, a native of Oakland, California and a member of Silliman College, made a return to the all-conference list after winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2016. An injury-marred sophomore campaign kept the forward off the list last season, but Chavarin played and started in all 17 games this season en route to recording five goals and three assists. 

The junior's unique ability to hold up the ball in the finishing third and knack for finding the back of the net proved invaluable for Yale this past season with last season's Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Michelle Alozie, on the sidelines due to injury. Chavarin's 13 points this season bring her career total to 45. 

Marsh, a native of Plantation, Florida and a member of Timothy Dwight College, earned her first All-Ivy recognition in her final season in New Haven. After missing her first season due to injury, the defensive stalwart's role has gradually increased throughout her years with Yale and culminated with 15 starts in 15 appearances for the senior in 2018.

Marsh served as a leader on Yale's backline in her final season with relative experience surrounding her. She contributed to four Yale shutouts over the course of the season and has started 30 games for the Bulldogs in the last two seasons.

2018 All-Ivy Women's Soccer Team

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Mimi Asom, Princeton (Sr., F – Dallas)
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Camillia Nwokedi
, Penn (Sr., D – Burbank, Calif.)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Rebecca Rosen, Brown (Fr., F – Port Washington, N.Y.)
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sean Driscoll, Princeton
 
FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Mimi Asom, Princeton (Sr., F – Dallas)
Emily Sands, Penn (Jr., F – West Chester, Pa.)
Murphy Agnew, Harvard (So., M – New Hope, Pa.)
Remy Borinsky, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Warren, N.J.)
Abby Carchio, Brown (Jr., M – Lakeville, Mass.)
Noelle Higginson, Yale (Jr., M – New Orleans)
Leah Mohammadi, Harvard (Sr., M – Upland, Calif.)
Amalya Johnson, Columbia (Jr., D – Montclair, N.J.)
Camillia Nwokedi, Penn (Sr., D – Burbank, Calif.)
Lucy Rickerson, Princeton (So., D – San Diego)
Bonnie Shea, Dartmouth (So., D – Atlanta)
Kitty Qu, Penn (Jr., GK – Foster City, Calif.)
 
SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
Emma Anderson, Columbia (Sr., F – Bethesda, Md.)
Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Jr., F – Oakland, Calif.)
Courtney O'Brien, Princeton (Jr., F – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Star White, Brown (So., F – Norfolk, Va.)
Rebecca Rosen, Brown (Fr., F – Port Washington, N.Y.)
Jessica Schildkraut, Columbia (Fr., M – Glen Rock, N.J.)
Allie Trzaska, Penn (Sr., M – Yardley, Pa.)
Abby Adams, Cornell (Jr., D – Wyckoff, N.J.)
Sydney Cummings, Brown (So., D – Millstone Township, N.J.)
Eve Hewins, Princeton (So., D – Hingham, Mass.)
Natalie Grossi, Princeton (Jr., GK – Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada)
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Sasha Stephens, Penn (Sr., F – La Mesa, Calif.)
Emma Davis, Princeton (Fr., M – Clinton, N.Y.)
Maria DiMartinis, Harvard (So., M – Norwell, Mass.)
Erin Kawakami, Dartmouth (So., M – Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)
Tomi Kennedy, Princeton (Jr., M – Glen Ridge, N.J.)
Megan Lloyd, Penn (Jr., M – Los Altos, Calif.)
Taylor Nielsen, Harvard (Fr., M – Kirkland, Wash.)
Cameron Brown, Brown (So., D – Portsmouth, Va.)
Mackenzie Marsh, Yale (Sr., D – Plantation, Fla.)
Alyssa Neuberger, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Germantown, Tenn.)
Olivia Sheppard, Princeton (Jr., D – Delta, British Columbia, Canada)
Grace Wall, Columbia (So., M – Mercer Island, Wash.)
Mariel Gordon, Dartmouth (So., GK – Dallas)
Meghan Kennedy, Cornell (Sr., GK – Santa Clarita, Calif.)
 
*-unanimous selection
^-first team expanded due to ties in the voting 

Report filed by Won Jung (won.jung@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity