Penn men’s basketball’s trip to Cambridge was supposed to be the beginning of the Ivy League resurgence. Coming off a big win at La Salle, Quaker fans — and coach Steve Donahue — were hoping the momentum would continue. It did, just for about 15 minutes. Then came the collapse.
After jumping out to a massive early lead, Penn basketball regressed substantially over the game’s final 30 minutes en route to a 69-59 loss to Harvard Friday night.
Penn women's basketball beat a team ranked 20th in the RPI while hardly pulling out of first gear on Friday night, with a 63-43 demolition of Harvard taking the Quakers to the top of the Ivy League.
Penn women's basketball topped Harvard 63-43 in a highly-anticipated affair that never really lived up to its billing. Penn (11-6, 4-0 Ivy) locked the game down from the get-go and never gave the Crimson (16-2, 4-1) a chance to work their way back into the contest.
Only three days after it was publicly revealed that former Penn men’s golf head coach Bob Heintz would be resigning to head to Duke, the University announced on Friday afternoon that his position would be filled by former Penn golfer and 2010 College graduate Michael Blodgett for at least the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Imagine a sport where every single team in the conference was nationally ranked and half of them were within striking distance of winning a collegiate national title every season.
Harvard (11-6, 3-1 Ivy) has perennially been one of the toughest outs in the Ivy League, and with point guard Syani Chambers back after missing last season with an injury, they are firing on all cylinders again.
Around Penn Athletics, there will be no shortage of high-octane matchups across the board this weekend. All in all, seven Penn teams will be in regular season action over the next three days, with the majority of them getting deep into the crucial stretch of conference play. With such an action-packed weekend ahead, our sports editors head to the roundtable to debate: which Penn team is under the most pressure to perform this weekend?
The calendar has turned to February, and it's conference play the rest of the way for Penn women's basketball. But that might not go quite as smoothly as the defending champs would hope.
Some Penn Athletics programs are given seven days between competition, but the wrestling squad will take on two opponents this weekend with only a four-hour break in between. Making things even more difficult, the Quakers (3-5, 1-4 EIWA) will welcome a pair of stellar teams in Harvard and Brown, two conference rivals that have given the team problems in the past.
With the all-important Ivy League Championship just a week away, Penn fencing travels to Notre Dame this weekend to compete in the Northwestern Duals. The two-day event will feature tough opponents on both the men's and women's sides, as several ranked teams will be among the list of entrants.
Every match is special in its own way. But then there are those contests that are circled on the calendar months ahead. For Penn men’s tennis, that day is Sunday, when it will be hosting Minnesota bright and early.
Senior captain Matt Nardella and junior captain Josh Pompan were chosen to lead Penn men's tennis to success in this upcoming season as they will face some high competition and competitive rivalries.
Despite not winning a team Ivy League title in either the men’s or women’s side, both Quaker teams had impressive seasons. Penn women’s tennis, with their best finish since 2008, finished their season ranked No. 48 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings (ITA). Meanwhile, Penn men’s tennis had a three-win improvement from the year before in the Ivy League.
In just under seven years, Penn men's tennis' Kyle Mautner turned from a kid who practiced very little into one of the most highly touted recruits in the country and one of the best players in the Ivy League. The path to this point required hard work and a lot of time away from home, but for Mautner, it was all part of a special opportunity that has led to him playing at the top of the Quakers’ lineup.
On Tuesday, it was revealed to the public that fifth-year head coach Bob Heintz would be resigning from his position, effective immediately. Heintz will be taking a role as an assistant coach at ACC powerhouse Duke, and will begin at the start of the Blue Devils’ spring season in February.
Yep, the countdown to Penn-Princeton basketball is finally into single digits. But honestly, Penn squash may just hold the most exciting matchup against the Tigers.
February 7 is far and away the most important day of the Penn men’s basketball season. For the first time since 2012, Penn's students will be on campus to witness one of the most historic rivalries in college basketball when the Quakers take on the Princeton Tigers at home.
The freshman's game against La Salle wasn't just one of the best performances in the Ivy League last week. Brodeur scored more points in one game — 35, to be exact — than any other men's basketball player for Penn in the past 20 years. Despite his rookie label, the forward was quick to play down his inexperience.
This Sunday, Tom Brady will start his seventh Super Bowl, and it makes me so hopeful about Penn football. Yes, you read that sentence right. Penn football and the Super Bowl? How are those even remotely related beyond that fact that they're part of the same sport? The answer lies in our quarterback, and NFL draft hopeful, Alek Torgersen.
As we get deeper into the second semester, we’ve started to get a firm grasp on the true makeup of Penn’s winter sports teams. Though there unquestionably is still time for certain teams to flip the script, we’ve already seen enough from most squads to judge whether they’re contenders or pretenders at this point. With that said, our sports editors take to the roundtable to debate: which Penn winter team has exceeded expectations the most so far:
For Penn Wrestling, this past weekend served as a crucial opportunity to gain momentum heading into a stretch of important conference games. The results? Mixed.
With all due respect to the historic offensive outburst from Penn men’s basketball’s AJ Brodeur in his squad’s win at La Salle, Wednesday night can’t really be considered part of the weekend by any stretch of the imagination. So while the freshman’s epic performance is certainly worthy of respect, the efforts from wrestling’s May Bethea in his team’s EIWA doubleheader make him worthy of MVP honors.
From the Quakers' perspective: trap avoided. In a game that was close for a total of five minutes, Penn women’s basketball dispatched Stevens Tech 89-43.
In its final non-conference game of the season, Penn women’s basketball cruised to a 89-43 victory over Stevens Tech, breaking a few team records under coach Mike McLaughlin in the process.
Although there was no love lost between the Williams sisters in Australia on Saturday, tennis feuds were alive and well in the city of Brotherly Love last weekend.
Looks like all the hard work is done.
Penn swimming capped off its regular season with dual wins over West Chester last Friday.
The swimming and diving regular season comes to a close this Friday when the Penn men’s and women’s teams travel to West Chester University for a dual meet against the Golden Rams.
Another day, another dual. For Penn wrestling, this weekend will be another test of resilience, as it will face strong opposition with minimal recovery time in between.
This was a special performance. Brodeur started off the game hot with 14 first half points, but it only got better from there. Simply put, Brodeur dominated down the stretch. He finished the game with a career-high 35 points, including 13 in a row for the Quakers at one point, and also scored the biggest points of the game with two big free throws to put Penn up three with just two seconds left. Brodeur’s 35 are the most in a game for Penn since 1995.
In its final Big 5 tilt of the season, Penn women's basketball just couldn’t keep up with Temple’s size and athleticism, falling by a score of 63-53. The score doesn’t do Penn justice, as the Red and Blue held a lead as late as 4:47 in the fourth quarter. The Quakers (9-6, 0-4 Big 5) finish winless in Big 5 play on the season, failing for the first time in five years to win a game in the mini-conference.
Don’t let the 63-53 scoreline deceive you, the Penn women’s basketball took Temple’s explosive side down to the wire in tonight’s Big 5 finale.
Wednesday evening, Penn men’s basketball made the most of its last matchup against a Big 5 foe, outpacing La Salle, 77-74, on the road.
It may still be cold out, but Penn men’s tennis is coming home for the spring season.
On Saturday, the Quakers will continue their 2017 campaign with a doubleheader against two very familiar programs.
Losers of four straight, Penn men's basketball knows that as the losses pile up, so does its chances of earning a spot in this year’s inaugural Ivy League Tournament. But not to worry — the Red and Blue travel across town to La Salle Wednesday night with one last chance to iron out the wrinkles before resuming conference play in February.
Needless to say, the local lack of success for Penn basketball has been disappointing, particularly so for a women's team that won the Big 5 as recently as 2015. With these struggles in mind, our sports editors take to the roundtable to debate: Does the Big 5 still matter to Penn basketball?
Penn (9-5, 0-3 Big 5) looks to avoid going winless in the Big 5 as it gets set to take on Temple (15-3, 3-0) on Wednesday. This week represents the final two non-conference games of the year for the Quakers as they take a quick break from the Ivy League, where they are undefeated.
Raynis and Yoo met when they were twelve and eleven years old, respectively, and from that point on did basically all of their fencing together. Though their high school team was not highly competitive, they also competed for the same club team throughout high school, strengthening their friendship even more.
The Monmouth men's basketball bench last year got a lot of press. Here’s one that might deserve more: Penn women’s basketball, a bench whose depth will be tested like never before after a last-minute change to move junior guard Beth Brzozowski into the starting lineup.
Penn women’s basketball’s Lauren Whitlatch is out for the season with a torn ACL.
“There’s no such thing as freshmen anymore.”
Regardless of their distinction, his point is clear: Fifteen games into the season, it's high time for this skilled Penn men's basketball class to lose the softening nomenclature.
If there were ever a football version of on-campus recruiting, the East-West Shrine game would come pretty close.
Both teams produced mirror 6-0 records on the day, with both teams posting wins against Duke, Haverford, NYU, and NJIT, and Sacred Heart. The men’s sixth win came against Drew, while the women closed their day with an impressive performance to defeat Temple.
There were mixed results for Penn men's tennis in the opening weekend of its spring season, as the Red and Blue kicked off the year down in the Volunteer State with a win over Middle Tennessee State and a sweep at the hands of Vanderbilt.
Penn men’s basketball was never out of the fight against St. Joseph’s. The players lasted the full twelve rounds.
The Red and Blue couldn’t escape an early 15-point deficit Friday, staging a furious comeback before coming up short to St. Joseph’s in a 78-71 loss at the Palestra. With the defeat, the Quakers’ remain winless in the season’s most important games, as they are a combined 0-6 in Big 5 and Ivy League play.
One weekend after a signature win against the 17th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, Penn wrestling (2-4, 0-3 EIWA) would go on to face another ranked squad, this time visiting No. 7 Lehigh (8-1, 6-0 EIWA) in Bethlehem on Friday. Unfortunately, the magic would not continue for the Quakers, as the Mountain Hawks were victorious in all but two bouts on the day.
Penn football’s Alek Torgersen has been ranked as the No. 10 quarterback prospect in this year’s NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.
The match against Lehigh is important, but the Quakers still have to deal with Lock Haven in a match they can ill afford to lose. That affair is unique in its own right, with gymnastics simultaneously competing with wrestling in the Palestra. The event, set for Saturday at noon, is being dubbed “Beauty and the Beast.” While many other universities have put on similar events, Saturday marks the first time that such an occasion will take place in the Palestra.
While many of us look forward to a weekend brimming with what we’d contend are some pretty ambitious party plans, the Red and Blue men’s tennis squad has something bigger and a bit more impactful in their scopes: a weekend-long, tension-packed double matchup in Tennessee.