Ivy League Weekly Release
PHILADELPHIA - Stephen Baker was a force up top for Penn in its opening week of play, scoring three goals and adding an assist in his first two collegiate games. For his effort, he swept both weekly honors in the Ivy League as he was named both Player and Rookie of the Week. On Tuesday, he was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week.
On Friday, Baker notched his first collegiate goal in the 40th minute of a win at Saint Joseph's. The goal came on one of his 10 shots, a mid-air boot that was in impressive showing of agility.
On Sunday, Baker and his classmates spent the majority of the day in a mandatory freshmen seminar on campus. The seminar forced Baker to miss the first half of Penn's game against La Salle, but the freshman made up for lost time in the second half. After checking in following the break, Baker went off for two goals and an assist as Penn downed La Salle, 5-0.
Baker has taken the early lead in the Ivy League points race, with seven. His point total after two games in 2010 would have ranked him fourth on the Quakers last season.
His selection as Ivy Player of the Week is Penn's first since Loukas Tasigianis was selected in November of 2008. Last year, Garon Smith was selected Rookie of the Week while manning goal for the Quakers.