Purce is the second Harvard player to win two Ivy Player of the Year awards (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Winning its third Ivy title in four years with an unbeaten 5-0-2 record, Harvard women's soccer landed six players with All-Ivy League recognition, while senior Midge Purce and The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer Chris Hamblin were named the Offensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Purce was crowned the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 12 goals and 28 points this season. Purce tallied an Ivy-best four goals against conference opponents, and tied with classmate Rachel Garcia for the league lead in points (9) in Ivy contests. She is just the second student-athlete in program history to have won the award twice, joining Emily Stauffer '98-99, and the fifth in Ivy history to accomplish the feat. Purce also joined a select group of student-athletes to be named to the All-Ivy first team four times.
Hamblin earned Coach of the Year honors in his first year at the helm, leading the Crimson to a 10-3-3 record, including an unbeaten 5-0-2 mark in the Ivy League. The honor marks the second-straight year the award has gone to a first-year head coach, and the second time in the three-year history of the award that it goes to Harvard. Harvard ended the regular season with an 11-game unbeaten streak intact.
Senior midfielder and co-captain Carly Rotatori earned first team All-Ivy recognition for her first-career all-conference nod. A catalyst for the Crimson on both sides of the pitch, Rotatori consistently controlled pace of play and possession from her central midfield position. Her play helped the Crimson to seven shutouts on the season, including four in Ivy play.
Earning All-Ivy honors for the second-straight season, junior Dani Stollar earned first team distinction for her steady play along the Crimson back line. Also a threat to carry the ball forward, Stollar tallied one assist this season. The 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Stollar was instrumental in pushing the Crimson to seven shutouts.
Co-leading the Ivy League with nine points in conference games, Garcia earned second-team accolades from the Ancient Eight. Ranked fifth in the league in goals (6) and points (17), Garcia was the only student-athlete to garner three Ivy Player of the Week awards this season. The Duluth, Georgia native scored the Crimson's golden goal against Columbia to send Harvard back to the NCAA Tournament.
A senior co-captain along the back line, Bailey Gary earned second team honors from the Ivy League. A first team selection a year ago, Gary was one of the toughest defenders to beat in the conference, helping the Crimson allow a league-best three goals in conference play. The Davis, California native also registered two assists this season.
Posting her winningest season with the Crimson, senior Lizzie Durack was selected as honorable mention All-Ivy for her play between the posts. Durack posted an Ivy-best 0.40 goals-against average against Ivy League foes, and she finished the season with a 0.78 goals-against average and .804 save percentage. Durack posted five shutouts on the season, and contributed to two others.
Harvard captured its 13th Ivy title in program history, and finished unbeaten in league play for just the sixth time. The Crimson will appear in its 16th NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 12, when it faces Rutgers in the first round. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Margaret Purce, Harvard (Sr., F – Olney, Md.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Fr., F – Oakland, Calif.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Hamblin, Harvard
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Margaret Purce, Harvard (Sr., F – Olney, Md.)
Tyler Lussi, Princeton (Sr., F – Lutherville, Md.)
Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Fr., F – Oakland, Calif.)
*Carly Gould, Brown (Sr., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Remy Borinsky, Dartmouth (So., M – Warren, N.J.)
Carly Rotatori, Harvard (Sr., M – Summit, N.J.)
Emily Sands, Penn (Fr., M – West Chester, Pa.)
Maclaine Lehan, Brown (Jr., D – Shrewsbury, Mass.)
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Jr., D – Honolulu, Hawaii)
Paige Lombard, Penn (Sr., D – Belleair Bluffs, Fla.)
Jesse McDonough, Princeton (Sr., D – Monmouth Beach, N.J.)
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn. )
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Amaris Hemmings, Columbia (So., F – Bronx, N.Y.)
Rachel Garcia, Harvard (Sr., F – Duluth, Ga.)
Mimi Asom, Princeton (So., F – Dallas, Texas)
Natalie Neshat, Columbia (Jr., M – San Diego, Calif.)
Elizabeth Crowell, Cornell (Sr., M – Hamburg, N.Y.)
Natalie Larkin, Princeton (Jr., M – Washington, D.C.)
Natalie Ambrose, Columbia (Jr., D – Sisters, Ore.)
Brittany Champagne, Dartmouth (Jr., D – Suffield, Conn.)
Bailey Gary, Harvard (Sr., D – Davis, Calif.)
Carlin Hudson, Yale (Jr., D – Berkeley, Calif.)
Allison Spencer, Columbia (Sr., GK – Salt Lake City, Utah)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Celia Story, Brown (So., F – Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Emma Loving, Penn (Fr., F – Doylestown, Pa.)
Abby Givens, Princeton (Fr., F – Charlotte, N.C.)
Lindsay Knutson, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Wilton, Conn.)
Allie Trzaska, Penn (So., M – Yardley, Pa.)
Vanessa Gregoire, Princeton (Jr., M – Beaconsfield, Que.)
Nicole Phillips, Brown (So., D – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.)
Kerry Manion, Columbia (Jr., D – Westlake Village, Calif.)
Amalya Johnson, Columbia (Fr., D – Montclair, N.J.)
Meghan Kennedy, Cornell (So., GK – Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Lizzie Durack, Harvard (Sr., GK – Sydney, Australia)
^First Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting