All-Ivy League Teams and Player Awards for the 2012 Season

Steinberg, who also made the first team last year, leads Cornell with 44 goals and 20 assists for 64 points. She is one of 25 players named as Tewaaraton nominees, and she ranks 24th in the country in points per game and 25th in goals per game. Setting a career-high with 44 goals this year, Steinberg has moved up to No. 3 all-time in school history for goals and No. 4 in points. Her current season of 64 points is the third-best ever at Cornell.

Helmer, who made the Honorable Mention All-Ivy list last season, has had a stellar season as well. Her 2.00 caused turnovers per game ranks her eighth nationally and first in the Ivy League, and her 3.07 ground balls per game puts her seventh in the country as well as first among Ancient Eight athletes. A senior and two-year captain, Helmer's 46 ground balls this year is tied for ninth in a season in school history. She has also managed two goals on three shots this year.

Making the second team was senior midfielder Shannon McHugh and junior attack Caroline Salisbury.

McHugh, an honorable mention All-Ivy player last season, has been the team's leader in draw controls this season. Bringing in 42 draws, McHugh is fifth in the Ivy League in that category. Her 42 draw controls is also the fourth-highest total in a season in school history. A team captain, she also has scored 20 goals and two assists for 22 points, fifth on the team. She is also seventh all-time in school history with 91 career draws.

Salisbury experienced a breakout year in 2012, and she is currently second on the team with 41 goals and 18 assists for 59 points. Salisbury, who came to Cornell as a walk-on, has recorded a hat trick in eight games this season and has scored at least three goals in seven consecutive games. A one-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and a one-time WomensLax.com national player of the week, Salisbury also picked up 13 ground balls and 21 draw controls this season. She is second in the league in goals per game and sixth in assists per game.

Rounding out the Cornell selections is senior captain Katie Kirk, who made the honorable mention team. Kirk, who was on the second team in 2011, is the team's fourth-leading scorer with 20 goals and six assists this season. Essential on the draw control, Kirk has 34 draws this season to go along with 25 ground balls. Kirk is now fifth all time in school history with 99 draw controls.

Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb was named the league's Player of the Year, and Princeton's Erin McMunn earned Rookie of the Year honors.

All five of these Big Red players will have a chance to add to their season résumés when the team travels to Philadelphia for the Ivy League Tournament on Friday. The Big Red, ranked No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, takes on No .2 Darmouth in a league semifinal at 5:00 p.m.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven members of Harvard were named to the All-Ivy League teams on Wednesday, highlighted by Ellen Gleason's unanimous selection to the first team. Melanie Baskind and Danielle Tetreault received second team honors, while Micaela Cyr, Mariel Jenkins Jennifer VanderMeulen and Kelly Weis were named to the honorable mention.

Gleason has started all 15 games on defense for the Crimson, collecting 13 ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. The senior co-captain has helped to turn the Harvard defense into one of the top units in the country, as the Crimson entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA having allowed just 7.73 goals per game. Gleason and her counterparts have limited 11 of Harvard's 15 opponents to less than 10 goals, and have held five to five or fewer. This is Gleason's second straight All-Ivy accolade after having been named to the second team in 2011.

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2012-05-02



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