PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team featured five players recognized by the Ivy League with All-Ivy selections, announced by the league office Wednesday. Senior captains Alec Neumann and Matt Poplawski landed on first-team All-Ivy, freshman Dami Omitaomu and junior captain Sam Wancowicz earned second-team accolades, while junior Joe Swenson was named honorable mention All-Ivy.
The five honored players from Penn are the most for the Red and Blue since 2013.
Neumann becomes just the fourth player in program history to earn All-Ivy honors each season as a Quaker. His first-team nod is the first in his career, as the New Hope, Pa. native had previously been named second-team All-Ivy every year prior. As a senior, Neumann netted a career-high nine goals, and combined with his two assists, totaled 20 points. He finishes his campaign for Penn having played in 67 games, fourth-most all-time. Earlier this year, Neumann earned back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Week honors, first following a hat trick performance against Drexel and then a golden-goal winner on his second score of the afternoon in a 2-1 overtime win at Cornell.
From Bellevue, Wash., Poplawski's first-team award is also the first in his career. He had previously been named honorable mention All-Ivy at the conclusion of his freshman season. Poplawski was the only player to play and start in every game in 2016 for the Red and Blue, and as a senior, he notched four goals (a career-high), against Nebraska-Omaha, Delaware, Dartmouth and Princeton, and one assist for nine points. His 1,581 minutes played this year were a team-high.
Omitaomu burst onto the scene offensively for the Quakers near the end of the year to garner second-team All-Ivy honors. The rookie played in all 17 contests for the Red and Blue, while making 16 starts, and scored three goals while earning one assist for seven points. The highlight of the year for the Knoxville, Tenn. native was a two-goal performance against Brown on Oct. 29, leading to a 2-1 overtime win over the Bears. Omitaomu landed Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his performance.
The second-team All-Ivy placement for Wancowicz is his second-straight Ancient Eight accolade after the junior was named honorable mention last season. A native of Fallston, Md., the tri-captain recorded four goals and three assists this fall, ranking second on the team with 11 points while battling through an injury in the midst of conference play. Wancowicz netted non-conference goals against American, Nebraska-Omaha, Drexel and Delaware, while assisting on scores against La Salle, Columbia and Princeton.
Swenson's honorable mention All-Ivy nod is the first postseason award of his career, after a steady junior campaign featuring action in all 17 games, including 15 starts. From Massapequa Park, N.Y., Swenson led the team in assists with four this year, all in Ivy League play. The junior assisted on both goals in Penn's 2-1 overtime over Cornell, and also helped find scores against Yale and Princeton.