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Purce Selected to Top Drawer Soccer Freshmen Best XI First Team

Freshman adds to 2013 accolades. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Freshman forward Margaret "Midge" Purce has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshmen Best XI first team, the organization announced. A 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's All-America third team selection, Purce tied for first in the league in points (26) and goals (11) to lead the Crimson's offense and tie for ninth-best all-time in Harvard history.

Purce, a native of Olney, Md., became the first rookie in Ivy League history to be named Player of the Year and the first Crimson player to be bestowed the honor since Melanie Baskind '12 did so in 2011. The Ivy League Rookie of the Year became the first Harvard student-athlete to earn the accolade since Baskin accomplished the honor in 2008.

The forward started 16 games to help the Crimson to its 11th Ancient Eight crown, the first for Harvard since 2011 and its first 7-0-0 Ivy campaign since 1999 and third overall. Purce contributed to the Crimson's 12 victories, the most for the team since 2011, and aided Harvard to its 14th NCAA tournament appearance in program history.