PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia women's soccer team earned six selections on the All-Ivy League teams, as announced by the conference office on Thursday, Nov. 10. Junior defender Natalie Ambrose earned second-team honors, along with sophomore forward Amaris Hemmings, junior midfielder Natalie Neshat and goalkeeper Allison Spencer. Rookie defender Amalya Johnson and junior defender Kerry Manion were also honorable-mention selections.
The Columbia defense shined this season, producing five Ivy League shutouts, including a streak of 568:57 of shutout play. One of the key leaders in the Lions back line continues to be Natalie Ambrose who picked up her third consecutive second team honor to cap the Ivy League season.
Allison Spencer topped her honorable mention selection in 2015 with a second-team performance in 2016. For much of the season, Spencer was arguably one of the best the goalkeepers in the country. After a career-high five consecutive conference shutouts, her goals-against average of 0.2 ranked No. 1 nationally. She also held the fourth best save percentage in the country at 0.909. Spencer finsihed her final season at Columbia contributing to an impressive seven shutouts, tallying 32 saves behind a save percentage of 0.842.
The selections of defenders junior Kerry Manion and rookie Amalya Johnson also boasts the sensational effect of the Columbia back line. This marks Manion's second All-Ivy honor as a defender dating back to a second team honor in her first season. This year she started in all 17 games for the Lions and tallied her first career assist to aid a 2-0 victory over Princeton. With similar numbers, Johnson immediately gave the Columbia defense another talented and highly athletic piece. As a first-year player she also started all 17 games and also assisted the final goal in the Lions 2-0 victory over the Tigers.
Natalie Neshat had breakout junior season for the Lions as one of the best utility players in the league. Not only did she contribute her experience to the Columbia defense, she also emerged as a one of the Lions lethal offensive threats tallying a career-high four goals and two assists. In a pair of victories agains Cornell and Wagner, Neshat capped the weekend with a goal in each game and an assist to earn TDS National Team of The Week honors. The junior also knocked in the game-winning goal in the Lions 1-0 overtime win against Penn.
One of the fastest players in the Ivy League, sophomore Amaris Hemmings was feared forward this season. Her speed and tenacity consistently powered the Columbia offense while fustrating opposing defenses. She scored two goals in conerence play this year, including matches against Cornell and Yale.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
*Midge Purce, Harvard (Sr., F – Olney, Md.)
Tyler Lussi, Princeton (Sr., F – Lutherville, Md.)
Aerial Chavarin, Yale (Fr., F – Oakland, Calif.)
*Carly Gould, Brown (Sr., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Remy Borinsky, Dartmouth (So., M – Warren, N.J.)
Carly Rotatori, Harvard (Sr., M – Summit, N.J.)
Emily Sands, Penn (Fr., M – West Chester, Pa.)
Maclaine Lehan, Brown (Jr., D – Shrewsbury, Mass.)
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Jr., D – Honolulu, Hawaii)
Paige Lombard, Penn (Sr., D – Belleair Bluffs, Fla.)
Jesse McDonough, Princeton (Sr., D – Monmouth Beach, N.J.)
*Christine Etzel, Brown (So., GK – Madison, Conn. )
Amaris Hemmings, Columbia (So., F – Bronx, N.Y.)
Rachel Garcia, Harvard (Sr., F – Duluth, Ga.)
Mimi Asom, Princeton (So., F – Dallas, Texas)
Natalie Neshat, Columbia (Jr., M – San Diego, Calif.)
Elizabeth Crowell, Cornell (Sr., M – Hamburg, N.Y.)
Natalie Larkin, Princeton (Jr., M – Washington, D.C.)
Natalie Ambrose, Columbia (Jr., D – Sisters, Ore.)
Brittany Champagne, Dartmouth (Jr., D – Suffield, Conn.)
Bailey Gary, Harvard (Sr., D – Davis, Calif.)
Carlin Hudson, Yale (Jr., D – Berkeley, Calif.)
Allison Spencer, Columbia (Sr., GK – Salt Lake City, Utah)
Celia Story, Brown (So., F – Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Emma Loving, Penn (Fr., F – Doylestown, Pa.)
Abby Givens, Princeton (Fr., F – Charlotte, N.C.)
Lindsay Knutson, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Wilton, Conn.)
Allie Trzaska, Penn (So., M – Yardley, Pa.)
Vanessa Gregoire, Princeton (Jr., M – Beaconsfield, Que.)
Nicole Phillips, Brown (So., D – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.)
Kerry Manion, Columbia (Jr., D – Westlake Village, Calif.)
Amalya Johnson, Columbia (Fr., D – Montclair, N.J.)
Meghan Kennedy, Cornell (So., GK – Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Lizzie Durack, Harvard (Sr., GK – Sydney, Australia)
^First Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting