PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy teams for the 2010 men's lacrosse season, and Penn was honored with five players who received recognition from the league's seven head coaches. That marks the most Quakers to earn All-Ivy in a season since 2004. Even better: four still have eligibility and can return next season.
Senior defender Brett Hughes was a second-team selection, while senior Justin Lynch, juniors Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff and sophomore John Conneely all received honorable mention recognition. This was Kohart's second All-Ivy honor -- he received honorable mention in 2008 -- while the others were recognized for the first time.
Hughes was always assigned the opponent's top offensive threat, and fared well against some of the nation's top players. He finished the season with 22 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Hughes missed the entire 2009 season and still has a year of eligibility if he chooses to pursue it.
Lynch -- like Hughes a captain for this year's team -- once again served as Penn's face-off specialist this season. He had a .562 win percentage on 283 draws; that percentage put him among the national leaders. Lynch also scooped up 91 ground balls, tops among Ivy players and also among the national leaders. In six Ivy games, Lynch had a .571 win percentage on the X (80-of-140) and led Penn and the Ivy League with 38 ground balls.
Winkoff was Penn's leading scorer in 2010, scoring 43 points. The attackman also led the Quakers and was among the national leaders with 25 assists. He was also the team's leader in all three scoring categories in Ivy play (11g, 11a, 22 pts), and his conference assist and point totals were second among Ivy players. Winkoff scored at least two points in all but one game this season, highlighted by his seven-point performance at Yale and a six-point game at Dartmouth. Winkoff will enter his senior year with 68 assists, which already puts him in a tie for sixth on Penn's all-time list in that category.
Conneely, a midfielder, finished second on the team in assists (18) and points (35), and tied for third with 17 goals. In Ivy play, he finished with 17 points (8g, 9a). Conneely scored at least two points in all but two games in 2010, ending the season with three straight four-point outings against Brown, Harvard and Dartmouth. He recorded hat tricks against the Crimson as well as Saint Joseph's.
Kohart tied for Penn's goalscoring honors with 21, and was third on the team with 26 points. Nine of his goal's came in Ivy League play. The midfielder was MVP of the DU Shootout in March. He scored in all but two games this season and had a five-goal game (at Denver) and a four-goal outing (Harvard).
Cornell sophomore Rob Pannell was the unanimous choice as the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Princeton freshman Mike Chanenchuk was unanimously chosen as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. The first team featured four Princeton players, three from Brown, two from Cornell and one from Dartmouth.
Under first-year head coach Mike Murphy, Penn finished the 2010 season at 5-8 overall, and went 1-5 in Ivy League play. The Quakers' season ended on April 24 with a loss to Dartmouth.