PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior defender Natalie Ambrose became the first player in Columbia women's soccer program history to be selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year on Tueday, Nov. 8 as announced by the league offcice. This marks a cap to a senationl career for Ambrose who has achieved All-Ivy League honors in all four years on the pitch.
Ambrose anchored the Columbia back line that produced nine shutouts and compiled a .779 goals against average this season. The Ben, Ore., product started all seven conference games for the Lions, who compiled six shutouts and allowed just one goal in League play—on a penalty kick. On the attack, Ambrose added three assists on the season, second among Columbia student-athletes. She is Columbia’s third of-the-Year honoree and first Defensive Player of the Year since the award was instituted in 2013. A three-time Second Team All-Ivy selection (2014, 2015, 2016), Ambrose cracks the First Team in her final season.
"Natalie has always been one of the top defenders in our program, which prides itself on shutting teams out. She has the pace and athleticism to help shut down the top players we faced in conference all year long. To have her come back from a season ending ACL injury in last seasons final game to rise to defensive player of the year, is a true testament to her character, determination, leadership and drive to help our program strive for a championship." - Head Coach of Women's Soccer, Tracey Bartholomew