PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team put up some extraordinary numbers in 2014, numbers that the Quakers hadn’t put up since the 1980s.
Add another one to the list.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced their 2014 All-America teams on Thursday morning, and a trio of Penn players -- seniors Brian Feeney, Zack Losco and Maxx Meyer -- were all named third-team All-America.
The last time Penn had a player earn a spot on the first, second, or third teams was 1988 (Chris Flynn and Ed McMahon). The last time the Quakers had three first-, second- or third-team players in the same year was 1984 (Josh Hall first team, Zach Colburn second team, Jim DellaRocca third team). The only other times Penn had three players accomplish the feat in the same year were 1977 -- when Don DelGiorno, Peter Hollis and Michael Page all received first-team honors, a feat unprecedented in program annals -- and 1928.
“We are excited about Brian, Zack, and Maxx being recognized for their efforts, not only this year but over their careers,” said Penn’s head coach, Mike Murphy. “It's a credit to their commitment and work ethic. It also speaks to the contributions of their teammates and the trainers and coaches who worked with them in their time at Penn.
“It seems fitting to recognize these three seniors after the strong 2014 season and the leadership they displayed on and off the field,” he continued. “It is also gratifying that all three graduated with strong academic performances and a weekly commitment to serving the community through our Young Quakers lacrosse program. This senior class was outstanding in every way and will be missed. They should be proud of what they accomplished and about leaving Penn Lacrosse better than they found it.”
Feeney enjoyed another stellar campaign between the pipes for the Quakers, earning first-team All-Ivy for the second straight year. He ended the regular season leading the Ivy League and 14th nationally in save percentage (.552); was 11th nationally in saves per game (11.08); and ranked 17th nationally in goals-against average (9.00).
Losco, who also was a first-team All-Ivy selection and later the Most Outstanding Player at the Ivy League Tournament, finished the season with a team-high 26 goals and recorded 39 points which was second among Quakers players behind Nick Doktor (42). A midfielder, Losco also was the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, and in fact ended his career with a 24-game point-scoring streak. He had eight games with three or more points highlighted by a five-goal, one-assist performance in Penn’s Ivy League Tournament semifinal win over Cornell.
Meyer was named second-team All-Ivy on defense this season, the third team he received All-Ivy recognition in his career. He finished as the team leader in caused turnovers per game, with 28, and also came up with 41 ground balls and three shots.
Both Feeney and Meyer also were named USILA Scholar All-America earlier this week, and Feeney will play in the Division I/II North-South All-Star Game Monday in Baltimore along with teammate Drew Belinsky.
Penn finished the season with an 11-4 record, its best mark since 1988, and also hosted an NCAA Championship game for the first time since 1988. After posting a 4-2 Ivy League mark during the regular season, the Quakers won the Ivy League Tournament in early May, defeating Cornell and Harvard. Prior to its NCAA first-round loss to Drexel, Penn won eight games in a row which is tied for the second-longest win streak in program history.