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Freshman Sam Handley was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Credit: Son Nguyen

This year, seven members of Penn men’s lacrosse have been recognized as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans, a program record.

Penn’s seven honorees are tied for the second most in the country, just short of Penn State’s nine. 

Freshman midfielder Sam Handley was named first-team USILA All-American. Handley is the first freshman to earn this honor in program history.

Handley earned the honor after an impressive first season. He played in every single game and scored 35 goals total.

Joined by Handley are six other members of Penn’s squad. Junior defender Mark Evanchick, senior goalkeeper Reed Junkin, and junior faceoff specialist Kyle Gallagher were named third team All-Americans, while senior midfielder Tyler Dunn, junior attacker Adam Golder, and senior attacker Simon Mathias all received honorable mentions. 

"This is a proud moment for Penn Lacrosse," coach Mike Murphy said in a Penn Athletics statement. "These seven student-athletes played large roles in our team's collective success this season and brought an Ivy League championship to University City. I am happy for three of our seniors to add this accolade to the amazing careers they put together, and excited to see what our four returning All-Americans have in store for the remainder of their careers."

This news comes at the close of a very successful season for the Quakers. Not only did they win the Ivy League regular season championship, but also the Tournament championship, for the first time in program history. They finished the regular season with a perfect record in the Ivy League. 

Until their loss against Yale in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, the Quakers had also maintained a 12-game winning streak.

Though seniors Dunn, Junkin, and Mathias provided invaluable leadership to the team this season, the talent of freshmen like Handley will undoubtedly carry the Quakers forward to more success in the upcoming years. 

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