Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Duke Lacroix was part of a herladed recruiting class for head coach Rudy Fuller this offseason, one of three players who have spent time with the U.S. Under-18 National Team. This week, in hist first collegiate action for the Quakers, Lacroix lived up to the prior billing with two goals in Penn's 5-1 win over Saint Joseph's and was hopnored as Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Lacroix scored twice in the second half on Sunday, breaking open a one-goal match in the final 45 en route to the Red and Blue's 5-1 win. His first collegiate goal came on a nifty rush from right to left as Lacroix navigated through multiple defenders and then went back across his body for the low shot to the right corner. In the final minute, Lacroix then capped the scoring with his second goal after emerging from a scrum in the box and finding the open net.
The Rookie of the Week honor is the second time in two years that Penn has had a rookie nab the Ivy honor in the opening week of play. In 2010, Stephen Baker was chosen as the Ancient Eight's top rookie after a three-goal, one assist weekend to start his career. Baker would go on to earn three Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors last season.
The Quakers will head out to California this weekend for a pair of matches as part of the San Diego Aztec Soccer Classic against San Diego and the host Aztecs.