Men's Soccer Earns Eight All-Ivy Selections

PHILADELPHIA--The 2008 Ivy League co-champion Penn men’s soccer team was honored with eight All-Ivy selections. The League announced the All-Ivy men’s soccer teams Wednesday.

Seniors Alex Grendi and Omid Shokoufandeh earned first-team honors. Grendi’s nod was not only the first of his career but also a unanimous selection.

A playmaker, Grendi led the team with five assists this season, giving him 20 in his career. That mark ties him for third in Penn’s all-time record books.

Shokoufandeh has had a breakout season in 2008, leading the Quakers with 22 points. Five of his nine goals this season have been game-winners. He has collected numerous weekly honors this season, and is the first Quaker in more than 10 years to collect more than 20 points in a season.

Seniors Brian Mascarenhas and Drew Healy were named to the second team, earning their first All-Ivy honors as well.

Mascarenhas has played in all but two games while with the Red and Blue, anchoring the midfield in those games and registering one assist this season.

Following in the tradition of superior goalkeeping at Penn, Drew Healy has made a name for himself in the Red and Blue. With 11 shutouts this season, he set a new standard at Penn and currently there are only six other goalkeepers in the country with more clean sheets this season. He has also clocked the most minutes of any keeper in a single season at Penn. He started his senior campaign with a perfect 684 minutes and 12 seconds which ranks 17th in NCAA Division I history.

Earning honorable mention recognition were seniors John Elicker, Ryan Porch and Kevin Unger, and freshman Jake Levin.

Unger is a four-year contributor in the midfield. He has played in all but eight games while at Penn and been a regular starter each of the last two years. This season he is the team’s third-leading scorer with 10 points (4g, 2a).

Elicker, Porch and Levin make up three-fourths of this season’s impenetrable backline. Securing 11 shutouts, all three have played nearly every minute this season. Porch and Levin pose an additional threat, scoring two goals apiece for the Quakers.

After earning the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, the Quakers will travel to George Mason for their NCAA College Cup first round match, Friday at 7 p.m.