PHILADELPHIA - On its way to the championship of the Penn Soccer Classic this weekend, Penn scored seven goals in a pair of wins, with forwards Duke Lacroix and Stephen Baker accounting for four of those seven goals and 10 total points. On Monday, the duo was justly honored by the Ivy League and Philadelphia Soccer Six with weekly honors.
For Lacroix, his three-goal performance over the weekend earned him his second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award and his second Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week honor. He earned both of those awards in the first week of the season after his first two-goal game of the season. Lacroix leads the Quakers with five goals and 11 points this season, numbers which also top the PS6 and rank second in the Ivy League.
"Duke continues to improve each and every day," head coach Rudy Fuller said. "His comfort level within our team has grown tremendously over the past few weeks and his play this past weekend proves it. He has quickly become one of the more dangerous players in the country."
Penn's other dangerous striker, Stephen Baker, was a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week in 2010, but picked up his first Player of the Week honors after going for a goal and two assists over the weekend. He was a co-recipient of the Player of the Week honor with Cornell's Daniel Haber who also had a goal and two helpers. Both of Baker's assists came on Lacroix goals, and Baker's acrobatic strike in the 55th minute on Sunday was the eventual game-winner over Long Island. He now has four goals and two assists this season, and leads the Ivy League in total shots with 45.
"Stephen had a great weekend for us. He's really beginning to find his form as we head into our Ivy opener," said Fuller. "He's playing with a lot of confidence right now and that bodes well for our team in the weeks ahead."
The Quakers enter Ivy League play on Saturday when they host Cornell at Rhodes Field at 7 p.m.