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Four Field Hockey Players Tabbed to 2012 All-Ivy Teams

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PRINCETON, N.J. - Four members of the Dartmouth field hockey team were honored by the Ivy League office with all-conference honors announced Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Lisa Masini, junior Olivia Quaglia and sophomore Ali Savage were all tabbed to the first team, while senior co-captain Maya Herm was recognized with a spot on the second team.

Savage, a member of the All-Ivy Second Team as a freshman in 2011, was one of just four players from across the league to earn a unanimous selection to the first team this fall. Her 10 goals and 26 points in 2012 led the Big Green, while both figures also ranked fifth overall in the league. Finishing the season with six assists also ranked her in the top 10 among her Ivy League counterparts.

Her play this season twice earned the native Australian Ivy League Field Hockey Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks during a stretch of the year where Savage was as dominant an offensive force in the league as anyone.

Masini is another player to move up from the second to first team since last fall. Becoming a more all-around offensive threat this year, Masini racked up a career-high nine goals, matching her combined total of the previous three seasons. Her 25 points this fall were one short of last year's total, but came from a more diverse style of play rather than relying heavily on her role as the pushout on corners.

Masini also is one of the most dominant midfielders in the conference, creating a strong transition from the offensive end of the field to the team's play on defense. As one of the top fourth-year players in the nation, Masini will represent Dartmouth one more time as she participates in the NFHCA Senior Game later this month at Old Dominion.

The Big Green's strong defensive unit is anchored by Quaglia who has demonstrated that point production does not always reflect on the importance a player has on a team. A shutdown defender inside the circle and along the perimeter, Quaglia is one of the best in the league at moving the ball up field with a long pass play. However, despite her defensive oriented play, the Los Altos, Calif., native has no problem jumping up and contributing offensively. Her two goals at Columbia on Oct. 21 proved to be the difference in the team's second-half push and subsequent 5-2 win. She ended the year with six points (2g/2a).

With Quaglia helping to lead the defense, Dartmouth ranked in the top half of the league in goals-against average and was just one of two teams to have a positive scoring margin this fall.

Herm, a co-captain alongside classmate Lisa Masini, also elevated her game to new levels in 2012 and was rewarded with her first All-Ivy honor as a member of the second team. Starting all 17 of the Big Green's games this year, Herm finished the year with four goals and four assists for 12 points. Although the point totals weren't as high as in previous seasons, it was when she scored that helped her earn the distinction. Three times she scored crucial goals against Ivy foes, while her final goal in a Dartmouth uniform tied the game with in-state rival UNH in the final minutes to force overtime just two weeks ago.

As the stop on penalty corners, Herm was part of a unit that looked drastically different this fall than it had in past years. However, it was successful with a revised concept of spreading the ball around to all areas of the arc.

Dartmouth wrapped up its season Saturday afternoon with a thrilling 2-1 win in Ithaca over Cornell. The victory was the sixth in a row against Ivy League competition after dropping its league opener to eventual champion Princeton back in mid September.

The 6-1 conference record was the best in more than a decade and the second-place finish in the standings was a first for the Green and White since 2005. Overall the team put together an impressive 11-6 record, including winning nine of its last 11 games.

Princeton claimed all three major awards as senior Kathleen Sharkey was tabbed as the offensive Player of the Year.  The Tigers also saw senior Katherine Reinprecht earn Defensive Player of the Year honors and Teresa Benvenuti claim the Rookie of the Year.

Ali Savage ’15 Lisa Masini ’13 Olivia Quaglia ’14 Maya Herm ’13


First Team (13)^
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., F)*
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (So., F) *
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr. F) *
Katherine Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M) *
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Jr., M)
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Jr., B)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B)
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (Sr., F)
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Sr., B)
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Sr., M)
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Jr., M)
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth (Jr., B)
Carolyn Horner, Cornell (Jr., GK)

Second Team (13)^
MaryRose Croddick, Penn (So., B)
Allison Evans, Princeton (So., F)
Caitlyn Rea, Harvard (So., M)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton (So., F)
Paige Simmons, Columbia (Sr., M)
Maya Herm, Dartmouth (Sr., M/F)
Julie Tahan, Penn (Jr., M)
Marisa Seirgiej, Cornell (Fr., B)
Bridget DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B)
Clayton Christus, Brown (So., F)
Nicole Wells, Yale (Fr., M)
Kim Goh, Harvard (Sr., B)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (So., GK)

Honorable Mention
Meghan O'Donnell, Brown (So., F)
Sarah Hasson, Penn (Sr., F)
Alexis Miller, Brown (Fr., M)
Genna Collins, Cornell (Sr., M)
Ann Di Pastina, Cornell (So., M)
Elizabeth Hitti, Penn (Fr., M)
Amanda Bird, Princeton (Jr., M)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (Sr., B)
Kelsey Byrne, Princeton (Jr., B)

Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr., F) *

Katherine Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M) *

Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M)

* - Unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, the first and second All-Ivy teams were expanded from 11