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Now-senior midfielder Sam Handley cradles the ball during last season's matchup against Harvard on April 16, 2022. Credit: Borna Saeednia

The awards keep rolling in for Penn men's lacrosse as five members of the team were named by Inside Lacrosse as Preseason All-Americans. Voted on by the media, athletes could either be selected first team, second team, or honorable mention. 

Most notably, senior midfielder Sam Handley was unanimously named first-team All-American. He was one of three players to receive a unanimous first-team selection. Earlier this month, Handley was also voted Preseason Player and Midfielder of the Year by USA Lacrosse Magazine. 

Following Handley’s lead, senior midfielder Piper Bond was named to the second team. Senior attacker Dylan Gergar, senior long-stick midfielder BJ Farrare, and junior defender Brendan Lavelle all received honorable mentions. 

Last season, Handley served as both a powerhouse and team captain for his team, winning Ivy League Player of the Year, being the second Quaker in the program’s history to receive the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Top Division I Midfielder award, and being one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the most outstanding college lacrosse player in the nation. 

Bond also had a very successful season last year, forcing 11 turnovers and adding 29 ground balls. The Baltimore native was also named third-team USILA All-American, first-team All-Ivy, and served as the team captain.  

Gergar had an incredible season in 2022 as well, etching his name in Penn record books. He scored the second most goals in a single season, he is eighth in career goals, and third in points scored in a single season. He was named All-Ivy second team and was on the Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List. 

Last season, both Farrare and Lavelle received honorable mentions for USILA All-America and Inside Lacrosse Media All-America. Farrare received an All-Ivy honorable mention and Lavelle was named second-team All-Ivy and was on the Tewaaraton Award Midseason Watch List. Farrare led the team with 19 caused turnovers and added 55 ground balls. 

Looking forward to the 2023 season, the Quakers were picked fourth in the Ivy League Preseason media poll announced Tuesday. The squad is also ranked ninth by USA Lacrosse Magazine and tenth by Inside Lacrosse in the country. To kickoff the season, the team will travel to Georgetown on Feb. 18 — a tough open to an even tougher schedule that follows.