All-Ivy League Teams and Player/Rookie of the Year

Dowd was placed on the second team after earning an honorable mention last season as a junior. A solid two-way player, the senior midfielder led the Big Red offense with 35 goals and added 11 assists to give her the second most points on the team with 46. Her 2.19 goals per game were good for seventh in the conference, and her 2.88 points for game was good for eighth. The team tri-captain was among team leaders with 20 ground balls, 17 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. Dowd finished her career with 99 goals and 128 points.

Hansen makes her first appearance on the All-Ivy team after winning 18 ground balls and causing 11 turnovers as the team's top defender. The two-time weekly Ivy League honoree was outstanding each week, holding All-Ivy selection Lauren Vitkus (Brown) and Holly Glynn (Columbia) scoreless, limiting Melissa Lehman (Penn) to one goal and four-time first-team All-Ivy pick Lauren Taylor (Yale) to two scores.

O'Connor, like Hansen, also caught the attention of the coaches by garnering honorable mention accolades. She was second on the team in ground balls (24) and third in draw controls (25). O'Connor was twice nominated for the Ivy League honor roll and scored a career high 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists).

The Big Red closed out the season with a 10-6 record and placed second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record. Head coach Jenny Graap, the 2002 IWLCA National Coach of the Year, led her team to four wins over teams that were ranked at some point during the season.

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Five Yale women's lacrosse players were named All-Ivy League Thursday afternoon after a vote by the league's coaches. Senior midfielder Lauren Taylor (Manhasset, N.Y.) and senior defender Jess Champion (Moorestown, N.J.) were named first team All-Ivy, while senior goalkeeper Ellen Cameron (Monkton, Md.) and junior midfielder Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.) earned second team honors. Senior midfielder Kat Peetz (Spring Lake, N.J.) was named honorable mention. Taylor was a unanimous first-team selection and is just the fourth player in league history to be named first team All-Ivy four times.

An All-America candidate who was on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, Taylor won the Barbara Bowditch Award as Yale's team MVP for the second straight time this year. She led the Bulldogs with 41 goals and 59 points, the fourth straight season she has led Yale in both of those categories. She finished her career with 198 goals and 246 points, placing second to Tracy Ball '81 on Yale's all-time lists in both categories.

Taylor had 17 goals, 10 assists and 27 points in Yale's seven Ivy League games, leading the league in each of those categories. That included five assists in the 16-8 win over Columbia, when she tied her career high with nine points.

The only other Yale player to be named to first team All-Ivy four times was defender Megan Strenski '02 (1999-2002). Former Yale coach Francesca Den Hartog was honored four times when she played attack for Harvard from 1980 through 1983.

Taylor is a history of science/history of medicine major in Silliman College. She is part of a unique five-year academic program at Yale. After getting her B.A. this year she will receive a Masters degree in public health next year. Prior to Yale she attended Manhasset High School.

Champion was the top player on Yale's defense, which is ranked fourth in the country (7.45 goals per game). Regularly assigned to cover the opposing team's best player, she combined solid and consistent 1v1 defensive ability with a knack for changing the game with a timely interception, caused turnover or draw control. She was also adept at chasing down ground balls, including 20 on the season -- 17 in the final seven games, including five in Yale's 12-4 win over Brown. Champion was second on the team in draw controls (22) and third in caused turnovers (18) while committing only nine turnovers herself and serving as a key part of Yale's clears.

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2008-05-09



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