Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Penn men's soccer goalkeeper Max Kurtzman was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday after making eight saves over two matches for the Quakers in the past week of play.
Kurtzman made five saves in a 1-1 draw at Lehigh on Tuesday, with two saves coming in a busy second half as the Mountain Hawks made their comeback and his fifth save coming in the first overtime to preserve the tie game.
Kurtzman was also busy directing Penn's defense on the continuous barrage of
throws and free kicks coming from Lehigh players in the second half as the Mountain Hawks took to the air to bypass Penn's midfield and defense.
On Saturday, Kurtzman made three saves - all coming in the second half - as Penn was edged by Dartmouth, 2-1. The two goals allowed were tough ones for Kurtzman to have a chance on, as the first came on a header following a corner - a service that was sent past the Penn defense and to an open player at the far post - and the second on a penalty kick.
Overall, Kurtzman has played every one of Penn's 1,208 minutes this season and is 6-5-2 in his rookie campaign. He has played the most minutes in goal of any Ivy League keeper and ranked fourth in goals-against average at 1.12. His 39 saves are third-most in the Ivy League and his save percentage of .722 is fifth.
The Quakers, sixth in the Ivy League with a 1-2-0 Ancient Eight mark, have a crucial Ivy tilt on the horizon when Yale comes to Rhodes Field on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are one of four teams right ahead of Penn in a four-team tie for second with six points. The match will be streamed live on the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com following the women's match with Yale at 5 p.m.