PHILADELPHIA – After a competitive year inside the city for the six Division I men’s soccer programs, the Ivy League champion Penn team picked up some more hardware at the annual Philadelphia Soccer Six Banquet.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Soccer 6 presented its end-of-year awards and All-City selections. While Temple may have walked away with the Team of the Year Award as voted by the League’s coaches, the Red and Blue were well represented when the All-City teams were announced.
Senior defender Jonny Dolezal and junior forward Duke Lacroix both were named to the Soccer 6 All-Star team.
This was not the first award Lacroix walked away with this season, having also been named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, unanimous first-team All-Ivy, and NSCAA second-team All-Region. In 18 matches this season, Lacroix logged team highs in goals (8) and points (19) and picked up Player of the Week Awards from the Ivy League, ECAC, and Soccer 6 for his performance during the week of October 14.
Dolezal also had a hand in all 18 of the matches played by the Red and Blue, picking up first-team All-Ivy honors along the way. True to his title as co-captain, Dolezal played a critical role in the Quakers’ wins over Yale and reigning Ivy League champion Cornell with decisive late goals in each. Following the victory over Cornell, he was named Soccer 6 Co-Player of the Week, his first such honor.
Freshmen Alec Neumann, a forward, and Matt Poplawski, a midfielder, both showed the solid foundation of Penn’s underclassmen, both being named to the Soccer 6 All-Rookie team. Neumann, a second-team All-Ivy selection, recorded five goals over the course of 18 matches. His 14 points were also top amongst Ivy League rookies. Additionally, his two goals and assist against Sacred Heart earned him Rookie of the Week honors from the Ivy League and City 6, while CollegeSportsMadness.com named him Ivy League Player of the Week. Fans also saw Poplawski make an appearance in all 18 matches on the season, earning honorable mention All-Ivy for his efforts. He logged six points, two goals, and two assists on the season, including a game-tying goal in the victory over Princeton on November 9.
Along the way, the Red and Blue saw a number of players earn weekly honors from the Philadelphia Soccer 6. Stephen Baker, Dolezal, Lacroix earned Player of the Week honors during the season, and Poplawski, Neumann and Sam Hayward also were named Rookie of the Week throughout the season.
-- This article was written by Nick Buchta, '17, athletic communications student assistant