PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy teams for the 2011 men's lacrosse season, and Penn was honored with five athletes receiving recognition. The All-Ivy teams are voted on by the league's seven head coaches.
Senior defenseman Brett Hughes received first-team All-Ivy recognition, the first Penn player to be so honored since Craig Andrzejewski in 2008. (Prior to that, Penn had not had a first-team All-Ivy player since 2004.) Hughes is always matched up with the opposing team's top offensive player, and this year he had 17 caused turnovers and 20 ground balls.
Four players received second-team All-Ivy. The last time Penn had five players receive first or second-team honors was 1999.
Seniors Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff both earned second-team honors on attack. Winkoff is Penn's leading scorer this season, with 34 points, while Kohart is second with 25. Kohart also led the Quakers with 22 goals, while Winkoff finished the regular season among the national leaders in assists (26). Kohart had three hat tricks this season, and finished with seven multi-point games in 2011. Winkoff, meanwhile, is tied for second all-time at Penn with 94 career assists. After being held without a point in each of Penn's first two games, he has had at least two points in 10 of the last 11 contests.
Junior long-stick defender Will Koshansky had a superb season for Penn, finishing the regular season third nationally in caused turnovers per game. He also had 41 ground balls, good for third on the team. In addition, Koshansky scored five goals and even had two assists
Freshman defenseman Maxx Meyer stepped right into a starring role this season, and is the fourth second-team All-Ivy pick. He finished the season second on the team in both caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (43), and also scored three times while dishing off one assist.
Cornell junior Rob Pannell was the unanimous selection as Ivy League Player of the Year, the second straight year he has captured the honor. Princeton freshman Tom Schreiber was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Under second-year head coach Mike Murphy, Penn finished the regular season 8-5, its best record since 2006. The Quakers went 4-2 in Ivy play, and will be the second seed in the Ivy League Tournament which begins Friday in Ithaca, N.Y. Penn will face third-seeded Harvard in the first semifinal, at 5 p.m., and then No. 1 seed Cornell and fourth-seeded Yale will meet at 8 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet in the Ivy League Tournament final Sunday at noon, also in Ithaca.