Lacroix Named Ivy Offensive Player of the Year

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PHILADELPHIA – Duke Lacroix has been at the forefront of Penn’s attack all season long, leading the Quakers in scoring as they claimed the program’s eight Ivy League men’s soccer championship. On Wednesday, he was named the first Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.

Lacroix was also named unanimous first-team All-Ivy by the Ivy head coaches, one of three Quakers to be named first-team All-Ivy. He was joined on the All-Ivy first team by midfielder Louis Schott and defender Jonny Dolezal. Freshman forward Alec Neumann was named second-team All-Ivy, while Matt Poplawski, Austin Kinn and Tyler Kinn received honorable mention All-Ivy selections.

The seven total All-Ivy selections for the Quakers were the most of any Ivy school and are Penn’s most since the 2010 team also had seven selections.

Lacroix leads the Quakers in scoring with eight goals and three assists for a career-high 19 points. He becomes the sixth player in Ivy League history to earn Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year over the course of a career and first since Harvard’s Andre Akpan (2006, 2009) pulled the double. He is the second Penn player to earn an Ivy Player of the Year, joining Matthew Haefner who was Player of the Year in 2002. This is the first season the Ivy League has awarded and Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year award after presenting a single Player of the Year award since 1979. This is Lacroix’s third career All-Ivy selection, joining second-team All-Ivy distinction in 2012 and honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2011.

Two other Penn players earned their first career first-team All-Ivy honors this season in Louis Schott and Jonny Dolezal. A backbone of Penn’s midfield, Schott earned his first career All-Ivy award as a key cog in the Red and Blue’s middle-third play. He scored two goals and added three assists for a career-high seven points, connecting on a pair of game-winning goals. A two-year captain, Jonny Dolezal added his second career All-Ivy honor (2012, honorable mention) from his spot on Penn’s back four. Tied for fifth on the team with two goals, Dolezal had the game-winner against Cornell to start Ivy play in addition to his defensive work which led to six shutouts for the Red and Blue.

Freshman forward Alec Neumann was a welcomed addition for the Quakers in 2013, ranking second on the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists. He was named second-team All-Ivy, the highest ranking for a Penn freshman since Stephen Baker earned second-team honors in 2010.

Twin brothers Austin Kinn and Tyler Kinn were named honorable mention All-Ivy to cap their senior seasons. Defender Austin and goalkeeper Tyler were instrumental to a Penn defense which posted six shutouts in 2013, including four in Ivy League play. Freshman Matt Poplawski was also named honorable mention All-Ivy from his midfield spot where he was a force in the aerial game to clear balls from dangerous spots. Poplawski also pitched in two goals and two assists, scoring twice in Ivy League play to tie matches Penn would go on to win.

The Quakers will open the 2013 NCAA Tournament Thursday night at home against Providence at 7 p.m.