2013 Women's Lacrosse All-Ivy Teams and Awards Announced

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It is the beginning of a new era in Ivy League women's lacrosse. The Ivy postseason awards have changed, as the League's eight coaches now vote on the players of the year. No surprise, the first three such honors went to three of the four teams that will compete in the Ivy League tournament.

[Full list of teams/awards at the end of this post]

Attacker of the Year
Princeton sophomore Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md.) will go down in history as the last Ivy player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, as she took home the award last season. She will also go down in the record books as the first Ivy player to earn one of the League's postseason award the season following her Rookie of the Year selection, as she has been voted Attacker of the Year.

McMunn is just the second-ever sophomore to earn one of the League's major awards, joining Harvard's Francesca DenHartog, who was named Player of the Year in 1981. McMunn is also the third player in League history to receive back-to-back postseason awards, joining DenHartog, who also was named Player of the Year in 1982, and former Tiger Cristi Samara, who earned consecutive Player of the Year honors in 1998 and 1999.

McMunn, who was also a unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy, led her team with 64 points on a career-high 37 goals along with 27 assists. She ranks second in the League in assists and assists per game and tied for fifth in goals and goals per game. She was named Offensive Player of the Week a League-best three times this season. She takes home her second-straight All-Ivy honor, as she was named to the second team in 2012.

Midfielder of the Year
Not only did Penn junior Shannon Mangini (Garden City, N.Y.) receive her first career All-Ivy honor, as she was unanimously voted to the first team, she also earned her first career major postseason honor, as she was named Midfielder of the Year.

Mangini finished the regular season with 24 points on 22 goals and two assists, along with 25 groundballs, 17 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. Mangini saved some of her best play for late in games, as her three overtime goals in 2013 marks the most in a single season since Princeton's Jaci Gassaway netted three in 2011.

Mangini was named Player of the Week on April 22 after scoring in both regulation and overtime in back-to-back contests as Penn clinched first-place in the League with a 7-0 Ivy mark. Mangini, who is tied for second in the League with three gamewinning goals this season, finished the regular season strong, with at least one goal in eight-straight games, including three hat tricks and a five-goal performance in a win over Cornell, Penn's upcoming opponent in the Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament.

Defender of the Year
Cornell senior Kate Ivory (Narberth, Pa.) did not play her junior year after suffering a major knee injury, but she made up for lost time this season, setting career-highs in groundballs (47) and caused turnovers (32). Her previous highs were 37 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers, set in 2011.

Ivory ranks tied for third in the country in groundballs and sixth in the nation in caused turnovers, making her a fairly easy choice for Defender of the Year. She tallied at least three groundballs 12 times this season and at least two caused turnovers on 10 separate occasions.

Ivory is yet another unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, marking the second time she has earned first team honors (2011).

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