Five Softball Players Voted to All-Ivy League Teams

Five Softball Players Voted to All-Ivy League Teams

Harvard had four players named All-Ivy League first team, the most since 2011 (Athletic Communications).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League has announced the selections for the 2015 All-Ivy League teams Thursday, with four Harvard student-athletes earning first team recognition and a fifth being named honorable mention. Laura Ricciardone, Katherine Lantz, Maddy Kaplan and Andrea Del Conte were each named All-Ivy League first team, while Emily Gusse received honorable mention. The four first team choices are the most by any team in the conference and is the highest tally for the Harvard since placing five on the top team in 2011.

"It is a tremendous honor for our athletes who were selected to the All-Ivy team this year," said head coach Jenny Allard. "This honor celebrates their individual success. It was rewarding to see so many seniors recognized during the final season of their careers."

The selection to the All-Ivy League first team marks the second straight for Riccairdone and marks the fourth year in a row she has been selected to an all-conference team after earning second team accolades as a freshman and sophomore. The Slidell, Louisiana, native won 12 games in 2015, tied for the second-most in the Ivy League and her 2.24 ERA was the third-lowest. In conference games, her ERA lowered to 2.15 and she accounted for eight of Harvard's 13 wins against the Ancient Eight. Her stellar career includes a 1.96 ERA, 57 wins, 105 appearances, 507.1 innings and 320 strikeouts, which all rank in the top-six of Harvard's pitching records.

Lantz is making her third appearance on an All-Ivy League squad and second consecutive on the first team. Harvard's second baseman from Parkland, Florida led all starters with a .350 average, 27 RBI and tied for the team-lead with five home runs. The five home runs tied for fifth in the league, her RBI total tied for sixth and her batting average was good for ninth-best. Lantz, recently selected to the Capital One Academic All-District team, finishes her career as a .292 hitter with 88 RBI, 10 homers and 17 stolen bases.

One year after being named to the second team, senior outfielder Andrea Del Conte was selected to the first team in 2015. A threat to steal every time she reach base safely, the Rolling Hill Estates, California, native tallied 22 swipes to lead the conference. That total also ranks as the fourth-highest single season mark in Harvard history and the 14th-best in Ivy lore, while her 53 career steals is the fifth-most in school history. She also led the Crimson with 46 hits, tied for fourth-most in the Ancient Eight.

Freshman Maddy Kaplan begins her career with an All-Ivy League first team nod, becoming the first Harvard rookie to attain first team status since Kasey Lange in 2011. She played in 39 games, primarily in the outfield, but also seeing time as the designated player. With a .344 batting average and 43 hits, the Santa Monica, California, native ranked second in the Harvard lineup in both categories. Kaplan, who homered in her first collegiate game, finished the season with two long balls, 16 RBI, 11 walks to only nine strikeouts and 20 runs scored.

Senior Emily Gusse is making her third appearance on an All-Ivy League team with honorable mention status this year. A first team choice in 2013 and second team in 2014, Gusse started all 44 games at shortstop this year. She batted .299, slugged .472, hit four home runs, knocked a team-high eight doubles and finished the year second on the team with a career-high 25 RBI. She also tallied a career-high 38 hits as a senior and finishes her career with 123, 36 of which went for extra bases (24 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs). 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Jr., SS - San Diego)

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Sr., P - Katy, Texas)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jurie Joyner, Penn (Fr., DP - McDonough, Ga.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Shannon Doepking, Dartmouth 

#FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Sr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Sr., P - Slidell, La.) 
*Karen Chaw, Dartmouth (So., C - Castro Valley, Calif.) 
Meagan Murray, Cornell (Fr., 1B - Alfred, N.Y.)  
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Sr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (Sr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.) 
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Jr., SS - San Diego)
Emily Weinberg, Cornell (Jr., OF - West Windsor, N.J.) 
Maddy Kaplan, Harvard (Fr., OF - Santa Monica, Calif.)
Andrea Del Conte, Harvard (Sr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.
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Sydney Turchin, Penn (Sr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.) 
*Lauren Li, Penn (Jr., Utility - Los Angeles)
*Jurie Joyner, Penn (Fr., DP - McDonough, Ga.) 

^SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Alexis Borden, Penn (Sr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (Jr., P - Parker, Colo.) 
Korinne Raby, Penn (Jr., C - Milton, Ga.)
Maddie Damore, Dartmouth (So., 1B - Campbell, Calif.)
Vanessa Weaver, Penn (Sr., 2B - Yorba Linda, Calif.) 
Allison Skinner, Yale (Fr., 3B - Katy, Texas) 
Janet Leung, Brown (Jr., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Sarah Syrop, Brown (So., OF - Kennesaw, Ga.)
Shelby Unger, Columbia (So., OF - Yorba Linda, Calif.) 
Leah Allen, Penn (So., OF - Woodbine, Md.)
Rachel Rendina, Princeton (Sr., OF - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Camille Weisenbach, Yale (So., OF - Bothell, Wash.)
Meg Parker, Cornell (Jr., Utility - Miami)
Tonia Wu, Columbia (So., DP - Carlsbad, Calif.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Kate Orona, Brown (Fr., P - Pueblo, Colo.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (Sr., P - Norman, Okla.)
Cara Worden, Princeton (Sr., 1B - Santa Ana, Calif.) 
Taylor Troutt, Columbia (Fr., 2B - League City, Texas)
Alyssa Schmidt, Princeton (Sr., 3B - Rocklin, Calif.)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Sr., SS - San Diego) 
Leah Nakashima, Brown (So., DP - San Jose, Calif.) 

*Unanimous Selection
#There are four outfielders on the first team due to a tie in the voting
^There are five outfielders on the second team due to a tie in the voting