Three Bulldogs Earn First Team All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 19, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale was well represented on the 2007 All-Ivy team. Junior Maggie Westfal, sophomore Sophia Merrifield and senior Susan Starr were all first team selections. Freshman Kate Macauley, senior Mary Kuder and junior Natalia Mann were named to the second team, while freshman Becky Brown was an honorable mention selection.

Westfal, a New Canaan, Conn., native, finished second in the Ivy League in goals (10) and points (24) and was a unanimous first team selection. Four of her goals were game-winners, including one in overtime in Yale's 2-1 victory over Harvard. She scored once in each of the last four games. This is the second All-Ivy honor for Westfal, who was named to the second team in 2006

Merrifield, a Honolulu, Hawaii, native, also was second team selection last year. This season, she was one of only five players to start all 17 games. Both of her assists came in Ivy League victories - against Cornell and Brown. She also helped anchor a defense that yielded only seven goals in Ivy games.

Starr, a Fairfield, Conn., native, started all 17 games in goal. She led the Ivy League in save percentage (.867) and was second in goals against average (0.71). Her top performance came against Princeton in the season finale when she made seven saves in a 3-1 victory.

Macauley, a Wilton, Conn., native, made an immediate impact in her rookie season. She tied for fourth on the team in scoring with six points (2 goals, 2 assists). Both of her goals came in Yale's 2-1 win over Quinnipiac, and she assisted on Westfal's game-winning goal against Harvard.

Kuder, a Seattle, Wash., native, earned All-Ivy recognition for the first time in her outstanding career. She started all 17 games, and her only goal was the game-winner in Yale's victory over Cornell. Kuder started 53 games during her tenure at Yale.

Mann tied for the team lead in assists with four in addition to helping anchor the Bulldogs' midfield. Overall, she was third on the team in points with eight.

Brown, a Lawrenceville, N.J., native, was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection. Her seven goals were the fourth most in the league, and she tied for fifth in points with 17. Four of goals were game-winners.

Yale finished with an 11-6 overall record and was 5-2 in Ivy play, which was good for second place. The Bulldogs closed the season by winning nine of their last 11 games.

2007 All-Ivy League

First Team
*Jessica Fuccello, Penn (So., F, Bricktown, N.J.)
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard (Fr., F, New Vernon, N.J.)
* Maggie Westfal, Yale (Jr., F, New Canaan, Conn.)

*Natalie Capuano, Penn (Jr., M, Aston, Pa.)
*Diana Matheson, Princeton (Sr., M, Oakville, Ont.)
Sophie Reiser, Columbia (So., M, Seattle, Wash.)
Cathleen Cimino, Columbia (Sr., D, Satellite, Fla.)
Sophia Merrifield, Yale (So., D, Honolulu, Hawaii)

Lizzy Nichols, Harvard (So., D, Princeton, N.J.)
Annie Stanley, Dartmouth (Sr., D, Winnetka, Ill.)
Susan Starr, Yale (Sr., GK, Fairfield, Conn.)

* Unanimous selection

Second Team
Lindsay Cunningham, Brown (Jr., F, Cumberland, R.I.)
Mara Finzi, Penn (So., F, Belmont, Calif.)
Allison Hubbard, Dartmouth (So., M, Marshfield, Mass.)
Kate Macauley, Yale (Fr., M, Wilton, Conn.)

Jess Rothenheber, Penn (So., M, Chalfont, Pa.)
Gina Wideroff, Harvard (Fr., M, Boca Raton, Fla.)
Anne Friedland, Brown (Sr., D, Toronto, Ont.)
Mary Kuder, Yale (Sr., D, Seattle, Wash.)
Natalia Mann, Yale (Jr., D, Chevy Chase, Md.)

Taylor Numann, Princeton (Jr., D, Campbell, Calif.)
Melissa Whitley, Princeton (Sr., D, Silver Spring, Md.)
Lauren Mann, Harvard (So., GK, Encinitas, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
Bridget Ballard, Brown (So., M, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Becky Brown, Yale (Fr., F, Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Leslie Campbell, Cornell (Sr., D, Sacramento, Calif.)
Eva Dixon, Cornell (So., F, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sarah Friedman, Penn (Fr., M, Villanova, Pa.)
Maggie Goldstein, Dartmouth (So., F, Hillsborough, Calif.)
Lindsey Knowles, Columbia (Sr., M, McLean, Va.)
Eileen Larkin, Penn (Jr., D, Troy, Mich.)
Nichole Rhodes, Harvard (Jr., D, Mendham, N.J.)
Lena Russomagno, Cornell (Fr., M, Wilmington, Del.)
Myra Sack, Dartmouth (So., M, Wynnewood, Pa.)
Julia Shapira, Brown (Sr., M, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Allison Vespa, Columbia (Sr., GK, Franklin Lakes, N.J.)

Player of the Year
Diana Matheson, Princeton

Rookie of the Year
Katherine Sheeleigh, Harvard