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Seven Crimson Pick Up All-Ivy Honors; Stollar Rookie of the Year, Leone Coach of the Year

Seven Crimson Pick Up All-Ivy Honors; Stollar Rookie of the Year, Leone Coach of the Year

Harvard claimed its 12th Ivy League title in 2014. (Gil Talbot)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Following its Ancient Eight crown, the Harvard women's soccer team placed seven student-athletes on three All-Ivy League teams, the conference announced Tuesday. Dani Stollar was named the League's Rookie of the Year, while head coach Ray Leone, now in his eighth season at the helm, was honored as the Ivy League Coach of the Year as his Crimson finished 10-4-2 (5-1-1 Ivy), and advanced to host an NCAA Tournament's first round matchup.

Highlighting the All-Ivy teams were three Crimson as sophomore Margaret Purce, senior co-captain Meg Casscells-Hamby and junior Alika Keene earned First Team nods. Bailey Gary was named to the Second Team, while Stollar – Harvard's second consecutive Rookie of the Year – drew Honorable Mention accolades along with junior Haley Washburn and senior Erika Garcia.

"I'm extremely happy for the players who received All-Ivy recognition," said head coach Ray Leone, "but it's a sign of success of the overall team this season."

In her debut season, Stollar made an immediate splash, scoring the Crimson's first goal of the year with the game winner in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco to open the season. An all-around player, Stollar saw time in all 16 contests, making 12 starts. She picked up six points off three goals.

Purce, Stollar's predecessor as Rookie of the Year, shined in her sophomore campaign, racking up 18 points with a team high eight goals, adding two assists. Casscells-Hamby was crucial in the midfield for Harvard, despite missing a pair of games, as she broke through with four assists and three goals – two of which were game winners. For her part, Keene, along with Second Teamer Baily Gary, anchored the stellar Crimson back line, which was 55th in the nation with a .837 goals against average.

Washburn and Garcia have been stalwarts for Harvard as well, each contributing essential minutes along the midfield and back lines, respectively. Washburn tallied an assist, while starting 14-of-15 games played. Garcia also had an assist and started 11 games for the stingy defense.

Leone, who guided Harvard to its 14th NCAA appearance in school history in 2014, takes home the first ever women's soccer Ivy League Coach of the Year award after it was instituted this season across all sports. Leone has amassed 81 wins during his eight seasons in Cambridge, guiding the Crimson to five Ancient Eight titles and NCAA showings.

The Crimson will make its appearance in the postseason this weekend as Harvard plays host to Central Connecticut State in the first round of the tournament. The two squads will battle at 1 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, and the game will be shown live on ESPN3.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Lussi, Princeton (So., F – Lutherville, Md.)
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Elise Wilcox, Yale (Sr., GK – Seattle)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Fr., M – Honolulu)
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ray Leone, Harvard
 
FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Corey Delaney, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Chatham, N.J.)
*Tyler Lussi, Princeton (So., F – Lutherville, Md.)
*Midge Purce, Harvard (So., F – Olney, Md.)
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Harvard (Sr., M – Winter Park, Fla.)

*Lauren Lazo, Princeton (Sr., M – Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Meredith Speck, Yale (Sr., M – Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Muriel Battaglia, Yale (Sr., D – Hinsdale, Ill.)
Jackie Friedman, Dartmouth (Jr., D – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Alika Keene, Harvard (Jr., D – Mount Dora, Fla.)
Gabrielle Ragazzo, Princeton (Sr., D – Jacksonville, Fla.)
Elise Wilcox, Yale (Sr., GK – Seattle)
 
SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
Melissa Gavin, Yale (Sr., F – Duxbury, Mass.)
Coleen Rizzo, Columbia (Sr., F – Needham, Mass.)
Claire MacManus, Cornell (Sr., M – Rosemont, Pa.)
Erin Mikolai, Penn (Jr., M – Quakertown, Pa.)
Kaitlyn Moore, Penn (Sr., M – San Leandro, Calif.)
Natalie Ambrose, Columbia (Fr., D – Sisters, Ore.)
Bailey Gary, Harvard (So., D – Davis, Calif.)
Natalie Larkin, Princeton (Fr., D – Washington)
Maclaine Lehan, Brown (Fr., D – Shrewsbury, Mass.)
Kerry Manion, Columbia (Fr., D – Westlake Village, Calif.)
Tatiana Saunders, Dartmouth (Sr., GK – Rye, N.Y.)
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Caroline Growney, Cornell (Jr., F – Albuquerque, N.M.)
Lucielle Kozlov, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Charlotte Beach, Brown (Jr., M – New Haven, Conn.)
Ellie Crowell, Cornell (So., M – Hamburg, N.Y.)
Victoria Goode, Columbia (Sr., M – Wildwood, Mo.)
Carly Gould, Brown (So., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Vanessa Gregoire, Princeton (Fr., M – Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada)
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Fr., M – Honolulu)
Haley Washburn, Harvard (Jr., M – Folsom, Calif.)
Erika Garcia, Harvard (Sr., D – Carson City, Nev.)

Anastasia Gillen, Brown (Sr., D – San Clemente, Calif.)
Carlin Hudson, Yale (Fr., D – Berkeley, Calif.)
Charlotte Tate, Cornell (Jr., D – Westlake, Ohio)
Laura Thurber, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Belmont, Mass.)
Kalijah Terrili, Penn (Jr., GK – Bronx, N.Y.)
 
* Unanimous Selection

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