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Ivy League Defender of Year Ivory (Episcopal Academy) to finish eligibility at Northwestern

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 10/2/13
From Press Release

Former Cornell women’s lacrosse captain Kate Ivory (Episcopal Academy) has opted to finish out her eligibility at Northwestern University while earning her graduate degree.

Kate Ivory

Kate Ivory

Ivory graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor of Science in Communication in May with a remaining year of eligibility after missing her junior season with a knee injury. As they stand right now, Ivy League rules do not allow for graduate student participation.

As a result, Northwestern is gaining a fierce and experienced defender in Ivory, who is seemingly unfazed by the idea of being the new girl on the Wildcat roster.

“You always have to prove yourself through hard work, every time you step on the field for practice, games or a workout,” she said. “Whether a team captain for the Big Red or a newcomer with the Wildcats, I think this mentality is important to maintain. Heart and hustle will always be in my control and important to my personal game.”

Ivory showed plenty of both while a member of the Big Red squad, as the Ivy League Defender of the Year finished her senior season with 48 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers; both single-season career highs. On her career, Ivory amassed 111 ground balls and 64 caused turnovers. She earned All-Ivy First Team honors in both 2013 and 2011 and was selected to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team in 2013.

“Kate was a force for the Big Red throughout her career. She came in as a talented, aggressive defender, and with each year at Cornell her confidence grew. My assistants and I are so proud of how Kate developed athletically and matured personally. Serving as a team captain last year with Caroline Salisbury and Chelsea Rowe was a terrific culmination to her Cornell career,” said head coach Jenny Graap (West Chester East). “We believe her experience as an Ivy League scholar-athlete will serve her well as she embarks on her next chapter at Northwestern.”

In addition to field experience, Ivory adds a specific discipline to the Northwestern squad she claims was instilled in her by the women’s lacrosse coaching staff at Cornell.

“Running through every line, close attention to detail and keeping a clean sideline are all small examples of this discipline that will extend far beyond my undergrad experience, both on and off the field,” she said.

According to Ivory, the Wildcats have welcomed her with open arms.

“I couldn’t find any reasons not to commit myself to a year with an amazing lacrosse program and graduate education,” she said. “What really sealed the deal were the people and the welcoming vibe I got from every girl on the team and everyone on the staff. Everything seemed like a great fit.”

Ivory will work towards a master’s degree in sports administration at Northwestern while pursuing her goal of working in the sports industry upon graduation.



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