Jacobson Headlines Five All-Ivy League Field Hockey Selections

Jacobson Headlines Five All-Ivy League Field Hockey Selections

From Left to Right: Kathleen Young, Kyla Cordrey, Issy Davies, Elizabeth Jacobson, Marissa Balleza (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the Harvard field hockey team placed five student-athletes on All-Ivy League teams, with senior Elizabeth Jacobson headlining the selections with a selection to the first team. Juniors Marissa Balleza and Kyla Cordrey earned second team accolades, while senior Issy Davies and freshman Kathleen Young were recognized as honorable mention.

Jacobson is making her first appearance on an All-Ivy League team after having an exceptional senior campaign. The Branchburg, New Jersey native racked up 13 goals this season, matching her combined total from the first three years of her career. Her 13 goals, which matches Balleza for the team-lead and was fifth-most in the conference, is tied for fourth-most in a single season in program history, while her 30 total points is tied for fifth-most in a single season. Paired with Balleza, they become the first duo to each have over 30 points in a single season in a Harvard uniform. Jacobson also had a knack for the clutch goal, posting five game-winners this year, trailing only Shelley Maasdorp's nine in 2004 for the program record. Jacobson's career tally of 66 points ranks ninth all-time in Harvard history.

Balleza makes her third-straight appearance on an All-Ivy team. She was a second team selection as a freshman and an honorable mention choice last year. In her junior campaign, she put up a career-best 13 goals and 32 points. The 32 points ranks as the fourth-highest total in a single season in program history and was fourth-best in the conference this year. Her prolific offensive career has allowed her to accumulate 80 points in three seasons, which ranks third in program history. She will be just 22 points shy of the all-time program record when she begins her senior campaign in 2016.

Cordrey is also making her third appearance on an All-Ivy squad after earning honorable mention as a rookie and first team honors in 2014. Cordrey's defensive prowess continues to be recognized by coaches throughout the Ancient Eight. She led a Harvard back line that held opponents to 110 shots on goal, 31 less than the Crimson had this season, and just 34 goals against, a 2.0 goals per game average. She was a fearless player, serving as the flier during defensive penalty corner situations for Harvard.

Davies earns her second-consecutive All-Ivy selection after being named to the second team last season. The Worcester, England native started all 17 games this season, averaging under two goals against at 1.96, the second-lowest mark in the Ivy League in 2015. She posted a .670 save percentage, while also recording one complete game shutout, while also playing the majority of the minutes in Harvard's three other clean sheets. For her career, she has 134 saves, ninth-most in program history, to support an 18-15-1 record.

Freshman Kathleen Young made a seamless transition to the college game, finishing third on the team with five goals and 14 points. Her four assists tied Jacobson for second on the team. The Essex Junction, Vermont native played in all 17 contests this year as the primary reserve off the bench, but also started six games. She had two multi-point performances as a rookie, scoring twice in a 4-0 victory against Fairfield and then chipping in two assists in a 4-1 win over Dartmouth. 

All-Ivy League Awards

Maddie Copeland, Princeton (Sr., F – Cranbury, N.J.)

Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (Sr., D – Harrison City, Pa.)

Sophia Tornetta, Princeton (Fr., M – Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)

Kristen Holmes-Winn, Princeton

*Maddie Copeland, Princeton (Sr., F – Cranbury, N.J.)
Alexa Hoover, Penn (So., F – Collegeville, Pa.)
Elizabeth Jacobson, Harvard (Sr., F – Branchburg, N.J.)
Eliza Becker, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
*Christina Freibott, Columbia (Sr., M – Wilmington, Del.)
Sophia Tornetta, Princeton (Fr., M – Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
Katy Weeks, Cornell (Jr., M – Kenilworth, Ill.)
Maeve Doherty, Columbia (So., D – Millersville, Md.)
*Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (Sr., D – Harrison City, Pa.)
Elise Wong, Princeton (Fr., D – Lake Forest, Ill.)
*Emilie Katz, Yale (Jr., GK – Newton, Mass.)

Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Jr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
Elizabeth Hitti, Penn (Sr., F – Ashland, Mass.)
Rebecca Hu, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Skillman, N.J.)
Krysten Mayers, Cornell (So., F – Parsippany, N.J.)
Ryan McCarthy, Princeton (So., F – Madison, N.J.)
Carol Middough, Yale (So., F – Oceanport, N.J.)
Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Jr., F – New York)
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Sr., M – Morristown, N.J.)
Cat Caro, Princeton (Jr., M – Bridgewater, N.J.)
Alexis Miller, Brown (Sr., M – Caldwell, N.J.)
Elise Tilton, Penn (Jr., M – Bangor, Maine)
Katarina Angus, Brown (Jr., D – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Kyla Cordrey, Harvard (Jr., D – Summit, N.J.)
Brooke Van Valkenburg, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Garden City, N.Y.)
Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (Sr., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.)

Hannah Rogers, Brown (Sr., F – Los Altos, Calif.)
Kathleen Young, Harvard (Fr., F – Essex Junction, Vt.)
Selena Garzio, Penn (Fr., M – Hazelton, Pa.)
Nicole Wells, Yale (Sr., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Anya Gersoff, Princeton (Sr., GK – Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Issy Davies, Harvard (Sr., GK – Worcester, England)

*-unanimous selection
^-Due to ties in the voting, the All-Ivy second team was expanded from 11