Santomo, Schwalje Earn USILA Scholar All-America

2013 USILA Scholar All-America list (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced its 2013 Scholar All-America recipients for 2013, and two University of Pennsylvania seniors have made the list.

Defenseman Anthony Santomo and attackman Tim Schwalje are the seventh and eighth Quaker players to earn USILA Scholar All-America, and the first since Brett Hughes in 2011. This marks the first time Penn has had two players earn the honor in the same season. The USILA has run a Scholar All-America program yearly since 1989.

In addition, both players were invited to play in the USILA Division I/II North/South All-Star Game. The annual event, featuring the top seniors in college lacrosse, will take place Friday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Edith Robb Dixon Field on the campus of Cabrini College inRadnor, Pa. The All-Star Game is the traditional kickoff to NCAA Championship Weekend, which takes place this year in Philadelphia.

Santomo was Penn's shutdown defender this year, often matching up with the opponent's top offensive threat. As a team, the Quakers finished the 2013 season leading the nation in goals-against average (7.838).Santomo was recently a unanimous selection as first-team All-Ivy by the Ancient Eight coaches.He led Penn with 27 caused turnovers, and finished the year ranked 10th nationally averaging 2.08 CTs per game. Santomo also had 23 ground balls. The senior also scored his first collegiate goals this season, against Duke and Brown.

Schwalje was Penn's top offensive player for the second year in a row, leading the Quakers in assists (26) and points (41). He recorded hat tricks against Duke and Denver, and finished with a seven-point game (3g, 4a vs. Duke); a five-point game (3g, 2a at Denver); and four four-point games. Schwalje finished the 2013 season ranked 17th nationally in assists per game (2.00) and 46th in points per game (3.15), and he ended his career on a 25-game point-scoring streak.

Download: 2013_USILA_Scholar_AA.pdf