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Lloyd Named Midfielder of the Year; Five Named All-Ivy

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/30/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Sarah Lloyd with Colleen Smith, Erin Slifer, Erin McMunn and Liz Bannantine.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (4/30/14) - Princeton senior Sarah Lloyd has been named the 2014 Ivy League Midfielder of the Year and five players were named All-Ivy League it was announced by the league office on April 30.

Lloyd was a unanimous selection for Midfielder of the Year, a rarity, and first-team All-Ivy League. Joining Lloyd on the first team are junior attacker Erin McMunn, junior midfielder Erin Slifer and senior defender Colleen Smith. Sophomore defender Liz Bannantine earned second-team honors.

This is the second consecutive season Lloyd was a unanimous first-team selection. In 15 games she has 28 points on 24 goals and four assists. She leads the team in draw controls with 34 and ground balls with 21. Additionally she is third on the team in caused turnovers with 11. Lloyd scored her 100th career point on March 29 against Cornell. Twice this year she had four-goal games and seven multiple-point games. Lloyd is just 11 ground balls away from becoming just the fifth player in Princeton history to accumulate 100 points, ground balls and draw controls - as she currently has 110 points, 144 draws and 89 ground balls.

A Tewaaraton Watch List nominee, McMunn is making her second consecutive appearance on the first team. She was named the 2013 Ivy League Attacker of the Year, a year after being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year when she was a second-team all-league pick. McMunn leads the team in scoring with 41 points on a team-high 30 goals and 11 assists. She adds 17 draws, 13 ground balls and four caused turnovers. McMunn is currently riding a 35-game scoring streak, dating back to 2012, of 78 goals and 45 assists for 122 points in those 35 games. She currently ranks 15th all-time in Princeton program history in scoring with 158 points.

A member of last year's All-Ivy League Tournament team, Slifer was an honorable mention selection as a freshman. Twice this season she was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week as she sits four points away from scoring her 100th career point. A starter in all 15 games, Slifer is the team's second-leading scorer with 40 points on 23 goals and 17 assists. She has the second-most draw controls with 25 and adds 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Slifer earned career bests this season with six draw controls in the season opener at No. 6 Loyola, and seven points at Harvard while matching a career-high four goals and three assists.

Smith earns her first career league honor. She has played in all 15 games and is second on the team in caused turnovers with 14, and adds 16 draw controls and 13 ground balls. Smith tallied her first career points this year with a goal against No. 14 Georgetown and a career-best five draw controls. She added three assists during the season while opening it with a career-high four caused turnovers at No. 6 Loyola. Smith was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on April 20 after her defense against No. 10 Penn and Dartmouth. She anchored the defense that forced Penn into 13 turnovers and just 13 shots. She was also crucial in limiting Penn to just five goals, its fewest goals scored in an Ivy League game since April 15, 2006. Three days later she had an assist, three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Dartmouth.

This is the second season that Bannantine has captured second-team honors. She's played in all 15 games and has made 13 starts. Bannantine was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on April 14 after an impressive week. She was key in holding No. 2 Maryland to its fewest goals scored since March 17, 2013, forcing two caused turnovers and winning two ground balls. Three days later at Harvard she won three ground balls and forced two more turnovers, as the defense allowed just six goals. Bannantine leads the team in caused turnovers with 20, is third on the team in ground balls with 19 and is fifth in draw controls with 12.

Princeton earned the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Tournament this year as the Tigers earned a share of the Ivy League title with Penn.

Attacker of the Year
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell

Midfielder of the Year
Sarah Lloyd, Princeton *

Defender of the Year
Meg Markham, Penn

First-Team All-Ivy (13)^
A – Nina Corcoran, Penn
A – Nicole Daniggelis, Yale
A – Bre Hudgins, Brown
A – Erin McMunn, Princeton
A – Linday Toppe, Cornell *
M – Jaclyn Leto, Dartmouth
Sarah Lloyd, Princeton *
M – Erin Slifer, Princeton
M – Audrey Todd, Harvard
D – Meg Markham, Penn *
D – Erin Roos, Brown
D – Collen Smith, Princeton *
GK – Lucy Ferguson, Penn

Second-Team All-Ivy (13)^
A – Tory Bensen, Penn
A – Liz Calby, Dartmouth
A – Jen DeVito, Yale
A – Danielle Mastro, Brown
A – Marisa Romeo, Harvard
M – Sarah Hefner, Cornell
M – Taylor Quinn, Columbia
M – Lindsey Smith, Penn
D – Liz Bannantine, Princeton
D – Tayt Foussadier, Penn
D – Claire MacManus, Cornell
D – Adrienne Tarver, Yale
GK – Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth

Honorable Mention (6)
A – Rachel Moody, Cornell
A – Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia
M – Lely DeSimone, Penn
M – Christina Doherty, Yale
M – Isabelle Wager, Harvard
GK – Kelly Weis, Harvard

^Expanded due to ties in the voting
* Unanimous selection

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