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PHILADELPHIA - After one of the finest two-game performances in Penn soccer history, junior Stephen Baker has racked up as many weekly honors as he did goals. Baker went for five goals and an assist over Penn's two wins, including the first four-goal performance in 35 years to earn three weekly honors.
On the national level, Baker was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week and to the Soccer America National Team of the Week, one of 11 players in the nation to be honored for their performance on the field. Inside the Ivy League, Baker was named Co-Player of the Week and he also shared the Philadelphia Soccer Six's Player of the Week honors. Philly Soccer News wrapped up his weekly honors by naming Baker its Player of the Week.
Baker entered the weekend without a point through five matches, but quickly notched his first points of 2012 with a goal in the seventh minute against Fairleigh Dickinson - a game Penn would go on to win, 3-2, for its first victory of the season. On Sunday, he became the first Penn player since 1977 to score four goals in a single match, adding an assist for a nine-point day.
Baker was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the third time in his career, earning the honor once each season. He also earned three Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards in 2010. This week's selection as Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week marks the second time has he claimed that distinction, following his choice in September of 2010.
Baker was not the only Penn player honored for a successful week on the pitch. Sophomore goalkeeper Max Kurtzman was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Defender of the Week after backstopping the Quakers to their first wins of 2012. On Friday, Kurtzman tied his career high with 10 saves in the win over Fairleigh Dickinson, adding an assist for good measure. He is averaging 6.67 saves-per-game and has a save percentage of .714 this season.
Forward Duke Lacroix would have been a deserving Player of the Week on any ballot if not for Baker's frenzied scoring day on Sunday. Lacroix finished the weekend with three goals and two assists, with two of those goals and both assists coming on Sunday against Rider. He was named to the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll.
The Quakers are back in action on Sept. 26 at University City neighbor Drexel with an 8 p.m. start.