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Men’s honors: Penn’s Schwalje, Feeney; Robert Morris’ Rankel (Downingtown West)

Tuesday, 26th February 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College Posted 2/26/13

The Ivy League has announced its first weekly awards for the 2013 men’s lacrosse season, and University of Pennsylvania senior attackman Tim Schwalje has received co-Ivy League Player of the Week honors along with Cornell’s Rob Pannell.

Schwalje, who was Penn’s leading returning scorer from last year, played a major role in getting the Quakers off on the right foot on Friday night. He scored three goals and set career highs in assists (4) and points (7) to lead Penn over 14th-ranked Duke, 14-9, at Franklin Field. Penn outscored Duke 8-1 in the game’s final 26 minutes, and Schwalje had a hand in five of those goals (2 goals, 3 assists).

Junior goalkeeper Brian Feeney was also recognized by the Ivy League for his performance in the Duke win. He made 15 saves in the contest, including 12 after the first quarter (while allowing just four goals in that span).

Robert Morris freshman Rankel (Downingtown West) earns another award

For the second week in a row, Robert Morris freshman midfielder Eric Rankel (Downingtown West) has been named NEC Rookie of the Week.

Rankel made his presence known all over the field last week as Robert Morris won its second straight game, a 9-5 decision over Detroit Mercy. The two-time NEC Rookie of the Week scored one goal and dished out two assists while winning three faceoffs (3-5) to go along with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Rankel has now registered at least three points in each game this season, and currently leads the team in both points (12) and goals (7).

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