Rancho Santa Fe native Jackie Friedman honored as 2015 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year


Jackie Friedman, Dartmouth College senior, recently received highest Ivy League Honors as she completes her final season as captain of the Dartmouth College Women’s Soccer Team.

Voted upon by all Ivy League soccer coaches of the Ancient 8, Friedman was chosen from among all Ivy League Women’s Soccer Players as Ivy League Defender of the Year.

Dartmouth Coach Ron Rainey stated, “For Jackie to be chosen as Defensive Player of the Year, shows the respect she has earned over her four years of competing against the other Ivies.”

Friedman was a key competitor in both offense and defense in her four years at Dartmouth.

This season Friedman has received the awards of Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Ivy, NCSAA All-Mid Atlantic Team, and NEWISA Team, and has received multiple honors throughout her four years, including Female Scholar-Athlete of Dartmouth College, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Goal of the Year.

Friedman began her chosen sport at the age of 5, with Rancho Santa Fe Attack, and as a key player for San Diego Surf Soccer for eight years, won two National Championships, multiple Surf Cup Championships, as well as numerous State and Regional Championships.

Friedman, also led for four years on the Torrey Pines Varsity Soccer Team, honored there as Varsity MVP, CIF MVP, CIF First Team, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Team Captain.

Dartmouth College continues in its own pursuit of excellence as it once again received accolades, topping all Division I schools in the country in the Academic Progress Rate,(APR), for the fourth consecutive year, and the Student Athlete Graduation Success Rate,(GSR), for the fifth consecutive year.

Dartmouth is the only Division I school in the U.S. that has ever been the National leader in both GSR and APR in the same year.

As Friedman enjoys her final year at Dartmouth, she looks forward to the position she has accepted in finance following her June graduation.