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Kelly Hood Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year

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By John and Matt Risley
PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) of the Dartmouth field hockey team has been named the 2011 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Hood was also named to the All-Ivy First Team as part of the league's postseason awards announcement. Junior Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) were recognized with spots on the All-Ivy Second Team. Freshman Janine Leger (Johannesburg, South Africa) was the fourth member of the Big Green honored as she garnered All-Ivy Honorable Mention distinction.

Hood's senior season saw the Big Green forward re-write the program record books for both points (134) and goals (58) in a career. Helping her team to a third-place finish in the league standings this fall and ranking as one of the top players in the league all year in all major statistical categories, Hood's selection on the All-Ivy First Team was unanimous.

This season, Hood's 14 goals and 33 points ranked second in the league as she started in all 17 games for Dartmouth in 2011. Her first-team selection this year was the third straight for Hood, becoming the sixth player in program history and just the 36th player in league history to garner first-team honors three times in a career.

The selection of Offensive Player of the Year for Hood marks the first time since1987 that a Dartmouth player has garnered an individual postseason honor from the league. That season, Kate Perle and Ann Rosamond were named the Player and Rookie of the Year. The 1987 season was also the last time the Big Green won an Ivy League Championship.

"I am so proud of Kelly for having completed her career on such a high note," head coach Amy Fowler said. "She has truly been an amazing player to watch grow, develop and mature. I am very happy that my colleagues in the League recognized her excellence on the field. She is truly one of the best players to wear a Dartmouth Field Hockey uniform. She has left a lasting legacy for her returning teammates and for the future of our program. 

"Her work ethic, determination and passion for the game will definitely be missed next season," Fowler added.

Masini led the league with 18 assists in 2011. Her 1.06 assists per game rank in the top five nationally as she established herself as one of the premier passers in the country as a junior. Masini also scored four times this season, giving her 26 points on the year, ranking fifth in the Ivy League. This was her first selection to an all-conference team in her collegiate career.

"I think Lisa had an outstanding year for us. Being recognized on this year's second team is a great honor," Fowler said. "Lisa was a League leader in assists and although the majority of her assists come from our attacking penalty corners, she is also a huge part of how we generate those corners, and subsequent scoring opportunities. I'm very happy that Lisa was recognized this season for her hard work. We are even more thrilled that Lisa has one more season to compete for us, as she will be one of our field leaders in our quest for an Ivy Title in 2012."

Savage came out of nowhere as a freshman to set herself up as one of the Ivy League's premier scoring threats as a freshman. After scoring just once in her first four games, the Australian native scored 11 times in the team's final 12 games, including a hat trick at home against Bryant on Sept. 18. The freshman forward finished the season with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points, ranking third in the league in scoring.

No other player earned as many Rookie of the Week accolades from the league office as Savage's three in 2011. Twice this season the Big Green went to overtime, and twice Savage scored the game winner, including this past Sunday's 2-1 win over Cornell that need just 48 seconds of extra time. Her four game-winning goals led the league in just her first season in a Big Green uniform.

"Ali has made an immediate impact on our program that's very obvious to see, as she ranks second in goals and points on the team. I think what people can't see through the stats though is how hard she works to create opportunities for our team when we are not in possession of the ball," Fowler noed of her first-year player. "She is an excellent presser on the forward line, and sets the tone as to how effective our press will be in a given game. Leading all rookies in points and goals within the Ivies this season, she is clearly one of the top rookies in the league and beyond! Being honored as a Second Team All-Ivy selection is a great start to her career here."

Fellow freshman Leger was also recognized as a member of the league's honorable mention team and was one of just eight players to receive such recognition. Leger started in all 17 games this season for Dartmouth and had three goals and five assists for 11 points.

"I was happy to see that Janine was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy in her first season with us," Fowler remarked of her oher freshman force. "She works very hard and very smart when she is on the field. Her consistent midfield play, both on attack and on defense has gotten her this honor. She has a great future with our program and I think this accolade is just the beginning of Janine getting noticed for her excellence on the field."

Yale's Erin Carter was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, while Princeton's Allison Evans claimed the league's Rookie of the Year award.



Offensive Player of the Year
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Berlin, N.H.)

Defensive Player of the Year
Erin Carter, Yale (Sr., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)

Rookie of the Year
Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., F, Macungie, Pa.)

First Team All-Ivy (13)^
Amanda Bird, Princeton (So., M, Vancouver, B.C.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (So., F, Randolph, N.J.)
Erin Carter, Yale (Sr., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)*
Carly Dickson, Harvard (Sr., M, Victoria, B.C.)
Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., F, Macungie, Pa.)
Leti Freaney, Columbia (Sr., M, Elizaville, N.Y.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M, Stony Brook, N.Y.)*
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Berlin, N.H.)*
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (Jr., F, Voorhees, N.J.)*
Charlotte Krause, Princeton (Jr., B, Braunschweig, Germany)
Dinah Landshut, Yale (Sr., M, Hamburg, Germany)*
Christie O’Hara, Columbia (Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.)
Alyssa Pyros, Princeton (Sr., M, Shavertown, Pa.)

Second Team All-Ivy (14)^
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (So., F, Saverna Park, Md.)
Mallory Bannon, Cornell (So., B, Hopkinton, Mass.)
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Jr., M, Fairfax, Va.)
Emily Cain, Yale (So., GK, Laytonsville, Md.)
Carson Christus, Columbia (Sr., F, Bernardsville, N.J.)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Jr., B, Emmaus, Pa.)
Laura Iacovetti, Brown (Sr., B, Blue Bell, Pa.)
Alex Iqbal, Penn (Fr., M, Darien, Conn.)
Erin Jennings, Princeton (Sr., M, Macungie, Pa.)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton (Fr., F, Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Jr., M, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Georgia McGillivray, Harvard (Sr., B, Victoria, B.C.)
Mia Rosati, Yale (Sr., F, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.)
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Fr., F, Orange, New South Wales, Australia)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy (8)
MaryRose Croddick, Penn (Fr., B, Fair Haven, N.J.)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (Jr., B, Unionville, Pa.)
Janine Leger, Dartmouth (Fr., M, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Fr., GK, Boxborough, Mass.)
Noel Painter, Harvard (Fr., F, Los Gatos, Calif.)
Paige Simmons, Columbia (Jr., M, Del Mar, Calif.)
Leslie Springmeyer, Brown (Sr., B, New Vernon, N.J.)
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard (Jr., GK, Dallas, Texas)

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