PHILADELPHIA - The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Associations (USILA) has announced its 2011 NCAA Division I All-Americans in men's lacrosse, as well as its Scholar All-America recipients. Penn senior defenseman Brett Hughes pulled off the double, earning honorable mention All-America and Scholar All-America.
Hughes is Penn's first USILA All-America player since Craig Andrzewski in 2007, when he received honorable mention. With regard to the Scholar All-America program, which the USILA has had since 1989, Hughes is just the sixth Penn player to earn the honor. The others are Jon Cusson (1997), Scott Marimow (2002), Will Phillips (2004), D.J. Andrzejewski (2006), and Craig Andrzejewski (2009).
Hughes, a four-year starter on defense, was always matched up with the opposing team's top offensive player this season, and he finished the 2011 campaign with 18 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls. He was part of a defense that constructed an 8.15 goals-against average, good for 14th in the country. Penn finished the 2011 season with an 8-7 overall record, placed second in the Ivy League with a 4-2 mark -- its best finish in Ivy play since 1989 -- and made its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006 before losing to Notre Dame 13-6 in the first round.
Hughes will end his collegiate career by playing for the South team in the USILA's Division I-II North/South All-Star Game, played May 27 on the campus of Goucher College. He will be joined in that game by his Penn teammate, Corey Winkoff.