PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced the 2013 All-Ivy teams in men’s lacrosse today, and it was an historic day for the University of Pennsylvania team assix players received All-Ivy recognition of some kind -- three first-teamers, a second-teamer, and two honorable mention. That marked the most players named All-Ivy from the program since the 1986 team had six (1 first-team, 2 second-team, 3 honorable mention).
On defense, senior Anthony Santomo was a unanimous selection as first-team All-Ivy. Junior Zack Losco was named first-team All-Ivy in the midfield, while classmate Brian Feeney was the pick as first-team All-Ivy goalie. This marks the first time that Penn has had three first-team All-Ivy selections since 1984, when the Quakers had four. The only other years that Penn had three first-team All-Ivy players were 1977 and 1983.
In addition to these three honorees, senior attackman Tim Schwalje received second-team All-Ivy recognition on attack. A pair of juniors, midfielder Drew Belinsky and defenseman Maxx Meyer, received All-Ivy honorable mention.
Santomo has become the Quakers’ shut-down defenseman this year, often matching up with the opponent’s top attacking player. He is 10th nationally in caused turnovers per game, with 26, and also has 22 ground balls.
Feeney is the first Penn goalie to earn first-team All-Ivy since Jim Dellarocca in 1984. He is the only goalie in the country to have three games with a save percentage above 80 percent, and in Ivy League play he is tops in goals-against average and save percentage. Overall, Feeney has a 7.23 goals-against average (3rd nationally) and a .590 save percentage (10th nationally).
Losco is the first Penn middie to earn first-team All-Ivy since Ryan Taylor in 1994. He leads Penn with 22 goals, and is second with 28 points. He has scored at least two goals in eight of the Quakers’ last 10 games and has hat tricks against Denver, Villanova and Bellarmine this season.
Schwalje is Penn’s leader in assists (25) and points (40), and he has recorded hat tricks against Duke and Denver this season. The senior attackman is the only player on the Penn roster to record at least a point in every game this season and boasts a seven-point game (3g, 4a vs. Duke); a five-point game (3g, 2a at Denver); and four four-point games.
Belinsky has 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points so far this season. He has had a four-point game (2g, 2a vs. Princeton) and a trio of three-point games. Meyer, who was a second-team All-Ivy pick in 2011 as a freshman, has 20 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls which is behind only faceoff man Danny Feeney.
Cornell’s Rob Pannell was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Princeton’s Jake Froccaro was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Ranked 17th in this week’s USILA national coaches poll, Penn (8-4) plays in the Ivy League Tournament this weekend as the third seed, facing No. 2 seed Yale in the first semifinal Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. Host and No. 1 seed Cornell and No. 4 seed Princeton will meet in the second semifinal at 8 p.m., with the winners facing off in the Ivy Tournament final Sunday at 11 a.m.