PHILADLEPHIA - The Philadelphia Soccer Six handed out its honors for the 2011 season on Jan. 31 at the annual PS6 Awards Banquet, held at the University City Sheraton where some of Penn's remarkable accomplishments were celebrated.
Leading the way on an individual level was Christian Barreiro. Following his recent selection by the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, Barreiro was named the "Chris Jones Player of the Year." Additionally, Barreiro was honored for leading the Philadelphia Soccer Six in goals (7), assists (7) and total points (21).
The Red and Blue were honored as co-champions of the PS6 along with Villanova, as both teams went 2-0 in Soccer Six matches last fall. This marks the ninth title for Penn and sixth under current head coach Rudy Fuller.
For the seventh time in his tenure at Penn, Rudy Fuller was named "Bill Harris Coach of the Year" by the Philadelphia Soccer Six, sharing the honor with La Salle's Pat Farrell. Fuller, who guided the Quakers to an 8-7-2 record, was also awarded the honor in 2001, '02, '05, '06, '08 and '10.
Freshman midfielder and Ivy League Rookie of the Year Duke Lacroix was named "William 'Bill' Wilkinson Freshman of the Year" along with Villanova's Oscar Umar after Lacroix's standout rookie campaign which saw him add another dynamic to Penn's offense with 5 goals, 2 assists and 12 total points.
Penn had two players named Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Stars, the same number each university was awarded on the 12-man roster. Barreiro and senior defender Thomas Brandt were named all-stars the week after they were selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Both players are making their third appearance on the PS6 All-Star Team after selections in 2009 and 2010.
In addition, Penn was honored five times with PS6 Player of the Week selections -- the most of any City school. Lacroix was honored twice, while Stephen Baker, Tyler Kinn and Brandt each were chosen weekly best in Philadelphia once.