The parallels between the Penn Relays and the Marathon are undeniable. They are each the oldest events of their kind in the United States, dating back to the twilight of the 19th century, when they first captured the imagination of the American public.
Armed with hot bats and a well-rounded pitching rotation, the Quakers (17-13, 0-2 Big 5) will take on Villanova (14-20, 2-2) Thursday night at Penn Park.
Due to Ivy League regulations, until this year Ancient Eight squads have been prohibited from starting their seasons before March 1. Across other conferences, many squads start in the second week of February.
In their opening weekend of conference play, the Quakers (13-11, 3-1 Ivy) swept Harvard for the first time since 2003, defeating the defending-champion Crimson on Friday at Penn Park, 6-3 and 7-2.
Charming their teammates with mischief and athleticism alike, seniors and New York natives Stephanie Caso and Samantha Erosa anchor the Quakers’ defense at shortstop and second base, respectively.
The ending to Jerome Allen’s tale is yet to be written, but he and Fran Dunphy deserve comparison, if for no other reason than because Dunphy’s success represents the lofty expectations of the program.
After a rough start to the season, the Quakers will have their first games at Penn Park and hope to continue the trend of doing well on their home turf.
Tony Hicks already has the flash and flair to make himself look good. That said, it will be his ability to make his teammates look good too that will determine whether Penn reclaims the Ivy crown in his time.
When the Red and Blue (5-17, 2-3 Ivy) confront Harvard (13-7, 5-1) Friday in Cambridge, Mass., the Quakers will look for Cartwright to score early and often.
The loss to Yale has to fall squarely on the shoulders of Penn coach Jerome Allen, as the Quakers have narrowly fallen in consecutive games to mediocre Ivy League teams. It’s unclear precisely what Allen’s decisions are down the stretch, but the bottom line is that they are not getting results.
With the return of Fran Dougherty and the recent success of Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn will have the challenge to contain Columbia’s solid three-point shooting a year after Penn’s last-second win.
After opting to have surgery in his freshman year at Penn, sophomore forward Greg Louis returned to the hardcourt, and one year later than expected, he finally began his college career.
Highlight reels show that Matt Howard can finish at the rim with an emphatic dunk. But according to ESPN, his offensive prowess truly lies in his well-developed mid-range game and disciplined decision-making. Perhaps his high basketball I.Q. should come as no surprise for a player with multiple AP courses under his belt.
Just a season ago — though it may seem far longer to fans — Penn finished a respectable 20-13, including 11-3 in Ivy League play. In investigating the Quakers’ collapse this year, the first question should be, what’s changed for the worse since?
Fourteen games into the season, Jerome Allen still does not know who this team is — and more importantly, who he trusts to play when it counts.
Over winter break, the Quakers will leave the confines of the Palestra for four consecutive road games and try to remedy a winless record in away contests.
The Quakers’ performance against Penn State was an irksome sight to behold, primarily due to a torrent of fouls. Penn ranks third out of 347 Division I teams in the nation in personal fouls per game.
Over the last year, the junior forward has transformed from cautious sixth-man to assertive superstar.
An entire season was wasting away before the eyes of the Palestra crowd Friday night, and it was a moment of truth for the Quakers. Would they accept defeat and admit they had lost too much talent to their last graduating class? Would their season end before it had even started?
The Penn women’s soccer squad is nearly 10 months from its next season. But there is reason to believe we caught a glimpse of the future Saturday night in its title bout with Princeton.