Seniors Kevin Gayhardt, Eric Persky, and Kevin McDonough combine to form one of the most formidable defensive units in the country. Gayhardt, the captain, is a vocal leader who matches up well with big attackmen, as evidenced by his even battles with Yale’s Reeves last season. Persky is an active on-ball defender who rarely requires a slide. And McDonough’s agility and foot speed make him a nuisance for opposing ball carriers.
This past summer, four sophomore members of Penn men’s lacrosse – Alex Roesner, Simon Mathias and Tyler Dunn on attack and Noah Lejman on defense – traveled to Coquitlam, British Columbia to compete in the FIL U-19 World Championships, the most prestigious international competition for their age group.
Penn athletics is seemingly teeming with wunderkinds. Just about every team seems to have their own underclassmen superstar.
The Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship took place in Canada over the past two weeks, and tournament champions Team U.S.A. relied on a core composition of Quakers throughout the six games.
Five individuals — four athletes and a coach — represented Penn in the Canadian province of British Columbia as the U.S. defended its title in the Under-19 World Championship.
For most of Penn’s undergraduate population, the end of the final exam period signals the time for kicking back, relaxing and fondly looking back at the previous year.
But for a very lucky, very small fraction of the student body, the onset of summer simply means business as usual.
Playing on a varsity spring sport inherently carries the risk of playing past the school year’s conclusion, and 2016 was no exception.
For the third year in a row, Penn played host to the Urban Youth Lacrosse Jamboree, an annual celebration of community partnerships through sports competition.
Behind the event was the Young Quakers Community Athletics program, an after-school initiative spearheaded by the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics. Founded in early 2015 — but with roots going back to 2012 — the program has sought to pair up Penn athletes with West Philadelphia elementary and middle schools through mentoring and free access to Penn athletic resources.
Two of the Red and Blue's women’s lacrosse players were honored by Inside Lacrosse this week as part of its year-long awards recognition. Senior attack Nina Corcoran and freshman defender Katy Junior received awards after being named on the All-ILWomen team and the All-Rookie team, respectively.
On Saturday, No.7 Penn women’s lacrosse ended one of its best seasons in program history with an 8-4 loss to unseeded Penn State.
Traveling to take on Penn State, the seventh-ranked Quakers took a early lead before falling, 8-4, at the hands of the Nittany Lions in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
The journey continues for Penn women's lacrosse.
Taking on Towson, the seventh-seeded Quakers won their second-round NCAA Tournament game, 12-4, on Sunday.
TOWSON, Md. — It’s NCAA Tournament time and Nina Corcoran was ready for the show to start.
In the tournament’s opening round, the senior attacker led the way as No. 7 Penn women’s lacrosse cruised past Wagner, 17-7.
They just ran out of time. After launching a furious second-half comeback, Penn women’s lacrosse fell just short of an Ivy League Tournament title on Sunday.
There were lead changes, there were highlight reel goals, there were superb saves, there was everything to play for.
Penn men’s lacrosse came in as the underdogs, and they almost pulled off the upset. Taking on second-seeded Yale as the No. 3 seed in the Ivy League Tournament, the Quakers fell in their first-round matchup with the Bulldogs, 7-6, on Friday.
In 2016, the Quakers sealed their ninth Ancient Eight title in 10 years with a 10-6 victory over Cornell on Saturday.
For nine members of Penn women’s lacrosse, Saturday will be a day of lasts. The last time they head on an Academy bus for the six-hour trek up to Cornell.
Slip slip, slide away.
After lightning delayed the start of Tuesday's game by almost an hour, Penn men's came back from a three-goal, fourth-quarter deficit to tie the score 8-8, before falling in overtime to Philly neighbor Saint Joseph's, 9-8, in the team's regular season finale.
“I think our biggest issue on the day was facing off,” coach Mike Murphy said.
Numbers carry a great deal of significance in the world of sports. 23, 99 and 42 may be a simple arrangement of digits to some.
After being upset in their second Ivy League contest against Dartmouth, the Quakers have won their last four against Ancient Eight opponents, including a 9-8 victory Saturday over Yale.
If people were initially bearish on Penn women’s lacrosse’s potential to reclaim their Ivy League championship, they may need to start rethinking things.