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McMunn Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/02/2012
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Erin McMunn - the 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. (5/2/12) - Erin McMunn has been named the women's lacrosse Ivy League Rookie of the Year it was announced by the league office today, May 2.

McMunn is Princeton's first Rookie of the Year since 2006 when Holly McGarvie '09 won the honor. McMunn joins distinguished company including: Gillian Thomson (1989), Lisa Rebane ('93), Cristi Samaras ('95), Julie Shaner ('98), Whitney Miller ('00), Kathleen Miller ('04) and Katie Lewis-Lamonica ('05).

Princeton represented in all areas of the field on the first team. Junior attacker Jaci Gassaway, senior midfielder Cassie Pyle and senior defender Lindsey deButts were all named first-team All-Ivy League with Pyle and deButts being unanimous selections.

Junior defender Caroline Rehfuss, freshman midfielder Erin Slifer and McMunn earned Honorable Mention.

McMunn finished second on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 30 assists for 48 points. She finished her rookie campaign as the second-highest scoring freshman in school history and had the most assists by a freshman in Princeton history. Midway through the season McMunn set a program record for assists in a game when she assisted on six goals in a win at Temple. McMunn had a 10-game scoring streak tallying at least two points in each game.

Gassaway earns her second consecutive first-team honors. She led the offense with 38 goals and 16 assists for 54 points, starting in all 15 games. Gassaway scored in 13 of 15 games and had two seven-point games this season, in addition to a career-best six goals in a win at Brown. Against No. 10 Penn, Gassaway collected her 100th career point and she currently has 109 with her senior year ahead.

A member of the Tewaaraton Watch List, Pyle earns first-team honors for the first time, after being named second-team as a junior. She started in all 15 games and scored in 13 of those games. She tied Gassaway with the most goals on the team with 38. Pyle added eight assists for 46 points to finish third on the team. This season she matched her career best of five goals in a game in a win over Columbia and had a second five-point game at Brown. Pyle finishes her career with 108 goals, 39 assists, 80 ground balls, 46 draw controls and 40 caused turnovers.

deButts finds her named on the first-team list for the third time in her career. A Tewaaraton Watch List member and a preseason All-America, deButts started in all 15 games on defense. She led the team in draw controls with 22, was second in ground balls with 34 and had 14 draw controls. deButts concludes her career ranking ninth in career caused turnovers with 92, 10th in career draw controls with 99 and totaled 132 ground balls.

Slifer started in all 15 games as a freshman, taking the majority of draws for Princeton. She finished with 35 draw controls, the second most on the team. Slifer had 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points, the second most points for the Class of 2015. Slifer had two three-point games, against No. 8 Dartmouth and Columbia.

Co-captain of the Tigers, Rehfuss earns her first all-league honor. She started in 14 games, missing just one due to an injury. Rehfuss scored against No. 8 Penn State and tallied three assists this season. In addition she had 11 caused turnovers, 15 ground balls and five draw controls.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr. (Wellesley, Mass.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Erin McMunn, Princeton, Fr. (Westminster, Md.)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY (11^)
A – * Erin Brennan, Penn, Sr. (Garden City, N.Y.)
A – *Jessi Steinberg, Cornell, Sr. (Suffern, N.Y.)
A – Jaci Gassaway, Princeton, Jr. (Severna Park, Md.)
A – Kacie Johnson, Columbia, Jr. (Wilton, Conn.)
M – *Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr. (Wellesley, Mass.)
M – *Maddie Poplawski, Penn, Jr. (Springfield, Mass.)
M – *Cassie Pyle, Princeton, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – *Lindsey deButts, Princeton, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – *Ellen Gleason, Harvard, Sr. (Binghamton, N.Y.)
D – *Caroline “Cacki” Helmer, Cornell, Sr. (Manilus, N.Y.)
GK – *Emily Leitner, Penn, Sr. (Darien, Conn.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY (11^)
A – Kirsten Goldberg, Dartmouth, Sr. (Cockeysville, Md.)
A – Kaela McGilloway, Brown, Sr. (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
A – Caroline Salisbury, Cornell, Jr. (Middletown, Md.)
M – Melanie Baskind, Harvard, Sr. (Framingham, Mass.)
M – Shannon McHugh, Cornell, Sr. (Manilus, N.Y.)
M – Danielle Tetreault, Harvard, Jr. (Guilderland, N.Y.)
D – Georgia Bird, Dartmouth, Sr. (Summit, N.J.)
D – Amanda Goodhart, Columbia, Sr. (Alexandria, Va.)
D – Erin Roos, Brown, So. (Wilmette, Ill.)
D – Hilary Smith, Dartmouth, Sr. (Bronxville, N.Y.)
GK – Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth, So. (Old Brookville, N.Y.)

HONORABLE MENTION (13)
A – Caroline Crow, Yale, Sr. (Davidsonville, Md.)
A – Erin McMunn, Princeton, Fr. (Westminster, Md.)
A – Courtney Tomchik, Penn, So. (Arnold, Md.)
A – Jennifer VanderMeulen, Harvard, Jr. (Liverpool, N.Y.)
M – Meredith Cain, Penn, Jr. (Pittsburgh)
M – Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia, So. (Longmeadow, Mass.)
M – Micaela Cyr, Harvard, Jr. (Lexington, Mass.)
M – Katie Kirk, Cornell, Sr. (Annapolis, Md.)
M – Erin Slifer, Princeton, Fr. (Mt. Airy, Md.)
D – Tayt Foussadier, Penn, Fr. (Turnersville, N.J.)
D – Mariel Jenkins, Harvard, Jr. (Belle Mead, N.J.)
D – Caroline Rehfuss, Princeton, Jr. (Latham, N.Y.)
GK – Kelly Weis, Harvard, Fr. (Garden City, N.Y.)

*unanimous selection
^due to a tie in the voting

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