Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/30/11
Ali DeLuca, a First Team All-American in 2010 who helped lead Penn to three Final Four appearances and four consecutive undefeated Ivy League championships, will be honored as the Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association this afternoon at its 75th anniversary banquet at Pines Manor in Edison.
DeLuca will be honored along with other highly celebrated former professional and collegiate athletes from New Jersey. Former New York Giant Leonard Marshall, Rutgers University baseball head coach Fred Hill, former Seton Hall University basketball head coach Anne Donovan, former Rutgers University basketball player Geoff Billet and former Providence College and Somerville-native Eric Murdock will be among those enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
DeLuca became Penn’s all time leading goal scorer and was an academic all-Ivy League performer and a Tewaarton Award finalist her senior year. She graduated in May and has been working in pharmaceutical marketing and sales in Princeton since August.
DeLuca was chosen second-team All-American in 2008 and 2009. Her 2010 season featured career highs in goals (48), assists (28), points (76), draw controls (40) and ground balls (29). The unanimous 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, DeLuca graduated holding the program record for goals in a career (148) and points in a single season (76). Both records were older than DeLuca as the career goals mark was set in 1983 and the single-season point record was established in 1981.
DeLuca was on the US Developmental Team her sophomore year in college, and plans to try out for the USA Women’s National Team when tryouts come around in August.