2011 All-Ivy League Teams and Player Awards

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Seven members of Dartmouth have been named All-Ivy League, headlined by the selection of Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) as Ivy Player of the Year and Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) as Ivy Rookie of the Year.

[ The complete list of honorees appears at the end of this post. ]

The two student-athletes bookend #10 Dartmouth's success on the field as the Big Green boasts the league's top-ranked scoring offense and second-ranked scoring defense, winning a share of the 2011 Ivy League Championship. Dartmouth (11-3, 6-1 Ivy) led the Ivy League with seven All-Ivy selections including a league-best four on the first team. Co-Champion Penn was second with five All-Ivy honorees.

A senior attack, Collins is the sixth Dartmouth player to earn Ivy Player of the Year honors and first since Katieanne Christian '05 did so in 2005. Giovanniello, a rookie goalie, was th e coaches' unanimous choice for Ivy Rookie of the Year and the fourth Dartmouth freshman to win the award. Devon Wills '06 was the last to win it as a freshman in 2006 before going on to an All-America career in goal.

Collins (unanimous) and Giovanniello were both selected to the All-Ivy First Team along with Dartmouth teammates senior defender Shannie MacKenzie (Riverside, Conn.) and junior midfielder Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.). MacKenzie repeats as a first team selection for the second straight year while Plumb moves up after ear ning second team accolades as a sophomore.

Dartmouth placed two student-athletes on the All-Ivy second team including senior attack Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.), named All-Ivy for the fourth time in her career and sophomore defender Kelse y Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) making her All-Ivy debut. Junior midfielder Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) repeats as an All-Ivy honorable mention honoree.

Collins, a co-captain, leads Dartmouth in scoring this season with 42 points on 32 goals and 10 assists, including scoring a league-best four game-winning goals. It was her other statistics that perhaps pushed Collins to take home Player of the Year honors, however, as she also tallied an impressive 22 draw controls, 18 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers to date. In confe rence play, she ranked second in the Ivy League in points per game with 3.67 and overall was fourth with 3.23. For her career, Collins currently stands ninth all-time with 162 points on 123 goals (ninth) and 39 assists. She was also a unanimous first team All-Ivy choice as a sophomore in 2009 before missing half of the 2010 season with an injury.

Giovanniello had a tremendous year for any goalkeeper, made even more impressive as she is only a freshman. The rookie goalie has played every single minute of the season and recorded doub le-digit saves six times. She has led the NCAA (92 teams) in save percentage for the past four weeks, currently saving 53.8 percent of shots faced en route to a league-best 8.09 goals against average, which ranks sixth nationally. She also led the league in ground balls with 35, or 2.5 per game. Giovanniello was named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week three times and w as the only player in the league to win a weekly award three times and the only freshman to win one this season.

MacKenzie, a co-captain, is the heart and soul of the defense in front of Giovanniello, earning her second consecutive first team award after helping the Big Green to the nation's sixth-rank ed scoring defense (8.14). The senior leads her team in caused turnovers with 18 and has also grabbed 25 ground balls. As a match-up defender, the players she guarded this year only scor ed more than two points twice this season. She was named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week on April 25 and is the only field player to receive the award.

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