Trying to score against the Quakers this week? Good luck.
Penn field hockey defeated Dartmouth and Temple, both in shutouts, this weekend.
This was a rough one.
Fresh off an impressive 5-0 drubbing of Cornell a week ago, Penn men’s soccer was dealt a crushing double-overtime loss in their second Ivy contest Saturday, falling 2-1 to Columbia.
Within twenty-four hours, Penn volleyball played ten grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.
“We played both matches really tough,” Coach Kerry Carr said “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”
The Quaker’s campaign began at the Newman Arena against the Big Red.
The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team started off Ivy League play with a bang yesterday, defeating rival Cornell on the road in a back-and-forth overtime affair.
Right from the opening whistle, the intensity and importance of the match was on display with fouls and cards being assessed evenly to both sides.
On a day when everything else in the Ivy League went right for Penn, one moment was enough to break the spirits of women’s soccer.
Until two weeks ago, Penn men’s soccer had drawn the most matches in the country. Almost entirely unbeaten, the Quakers were also winless.
Coming off a sweep in the first Ivy doubleheader of the year, Penn volleyball will hit the road over fall break and take on Cornell and Columbia.
The Quakers (7-8, 2-1 Ivy) carry momentum into the weekend after wins over Harvard and Dartmouth, but they'll face two hungry teams in New York, with the Big Red (5-7, 0-3) desperate for their first conference win and the Lions (8-5, 3-0) looking to stay undefeated in league play.
The moment the whistle blew, it was off to the races for Penn women’s soccer.
The Quakers managed to put up three goals in the first seven minutes while paying a visit to American on Tuesday in their 4-0 win over the Eagles.
Penn field hockey’s senior captains, Elise Tilton and Claire Kneizys, made it to Penn in very different ways. But now that they’re here, they have one key similarity: an unmatched drive to lead the Quakers to their first Ivy League title since 2004.
The season is only halfway done for Penn field hockey but already we have seen records broken, overtime thrillers, and major positional changes.
Penn men’s soccer head coach Rudy Fuller has had dozens of assistant coaches in his tenure at the school since his arrival 19 years ago. And out of that cast, in a true testament to Fuller’s leadership and coaching prowess, four of them have become head coaches — either at other D-I programs, or professionally.
Last week, the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference announced that Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin will be inducted into the conference hall of fame.
Sometimes the fight means more than the win. And, in the 20th edition of the Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational, the Quakers endured extraordinary battles throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, play at the Hecht tennis center concluded at Penn’s annual home tournament, commemorating the late Cissie Leary, who served as the women's tennis coach at Penn from 1977-1996.
What difference does an extra few thousand meters make? Evidently not much: the Quakers seemed unfazed as the distance ramped up at Lehigh in longest race they’ve seen so far this year.
Both Penn cross country teams had powerful finishes today at the prestigious Paul Short Invitational.
In recent years, Ivy League volleyball has trended toward two stratifications: the four teams at the top and the four at the bottom.
There was a strong overcast over Ellen Vagelos Field as Penn field hockey squared off with Harvard, an apt metaphor for the stubborn opposition that the Quakers faced on the field.
In what ended up as an unfortunate 3-2 loss in double-overtime for the Red and Blue (6-3, 1-1 Ivy), there were many points where the home side showed little sign of being able to surmount the 2-0 lead from its Boston rivals.
The Crimson (6-4, 2-0) went up by one 25 minutes into the first half after a shot off a corner found its way past junior goalie Liz Mata.
After a demoralizing loss to Harvard last week, it was hard not to wonder if last year’s scoring draught had returned to haunt the Penn women’s soccer team.
“Ivies are another level” Coach Fuller said during his preparation for his team’s next big game.
This Sunday at 4 pm, Penn’s men’s soccer team will be heading up to Ithaca to face Cornell.
Statistically, on paper, it seems as though events are repeating themselves. Penn coach Nicole Van Dyke, understandably, feels differently.
Penn volleyball optimistic for Dartmouth and Harvard
Penn volleyball season is heating up, as the Quakers look to defeat Dartmouth and Harvard at the Palestra.
Heading into the thick of Ivy season, Penn field hockey is ready to roll. After winning their first Ivy contest on Saturday, the Quakers (6-2, 1-0 Ivy) look to repeat their success on Sunday when they host Harvard.
The Crimson (4-4, 1-0 Ivy) have had their high and low moments this season.
On October 2, Penn cross country will travel to Lehigh to compete in the Paul Short Invitational, where both the men and women will kick off their seasons in earnest.
The Quakers are coming off of first-place performances in two early-year tuneups, the Big 5 Invitational and the Main Line Invitational.
Once again, Penn field hockey won in a one-goal game that fails to represent the team’s dominance during the course of play.
In more ways than one, it’s a new era for Penn volleyball.
Sure, it’s easy to point out the absences of five senior captains from 2015 – players that accounted for four of the team’s top five in kills, not including Ivy League assists leader Ronnie Bither.
Last year, Penn field hockey’s opponents probably had one plan to keep the ball out of their net: find Alexa Hoover and keep the ball as far away from her as possible.
On the second day of Fall, Penn had a hard time standing up to a much more experienced Tiger squad at the Palestra.
After battling back to force a decisive fifth set in their Ivy opener, Princeton took control en route to a victory over the Quakers.
It took them seven games, but Penn men's soccer finally got it done in regulation Saturday. Emphatically.
A controversial foul call in the 29th minute proved to be the difference on Saturday, as Harvard senior Midge Purce’s penalty kick gave the Crimson a 1-0 victory over the Quakers in the Ivy League opener.
Penn field hockey took a trip to the Empire State this past weekend to take on Ivy rival Cornell and No. 1 Syracuse in what is one of the toughest weekends on their schedule.
Welcome to the big league.
That’s what this weekend looks like for Penn women’s soccer as they begin the Ivy season by hosting Harvard.
An old foe but a new attitude.
On Saturday at 7pm, Penn men’s soccer welcomes cross-town opponent Drexel for the 42nd installment of a rivalry that, as coach Rudy Fuller puts it, is “unique.”
What makes the Drexel-Penn rivalry so unique?
She’s undersized. She’s young. She’s 1,500 miles from home. And outside hitter Courtney Quinn is leading the way for Penn volleyball in her sophomore campaign.
Upstate New York has served as a notable battleground in American history. That legacy will continue this weekend as Penn arms itself for two of the hardest encounters it will face this season.
Penn men’s soccer followed I-476 with the goal of reaching Bethlehem. But, unlike the three wise men, their purpose was to take and not to give.
Ask any civilian on the street who the nation’s premier power couple is, and you’ll probably get some varied responses; Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Brad and Angelina are among many names that might get thrown out there.
But within the realm of Penn Athletics, the answer is quite simple: Bob and Juli.
Teams often hope for intense competition at the end of their preseason schedules to prepare themselves for the regular season.
A pair of third-year defensive specialists are coming together to put the team first, even though they'll never wear the same uniform.
It’s a footrace.
Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu is off her line the second the ball slips past her defenders, but is not quick enough to see it secured into her hands.
On Saturday, the players and coaches of Penn men’s soccer were greeted by friendly faces on their opponent’s sideline.
With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.
But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same as always for the Red and Blue.
The cross country team continued their winning streak this weekend with both the men’s and women’s teams taking first at the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon.
This Saturday, it was the Sophia Palacios show.
The sophomore attack had the best game of her young career, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win in double overtime.
For the record — they’re identical.
A pair of Penn women’s cross country runners have been tearing up the trails in tandem, but their connection goes much deeper.
Saint Joe's will likely struggle to accomplish anything at the Big 5 Tournament this weekend, on account of not having a volleyball team, but Penn and the other three squads involved enter the round-robin affair with high hopes.
The Quakers will see some more local action this weekend, the final weekend before Ivy League play kicks off.
It probably wasn’t exactly how Penn Field Hockey wanted the game to go, but hey. A win is a win.
After rolling to a 6-0 win over new program LIU-Brooklyn (0-3) on Friday, the Quakers (3-1) made the trip to City Avenue on Sunday to take on crosstown rival St.
In 2008 and 2013, Rob Irvine was on the sideline as the Penn men’s soccer team won the Ivy League Championship.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Penn Women’s Soccer is thinking just that heading into the weekend coming off a three game winning streak.
The Quakers (3-1) will look to continue their dominance of late when they host Towson and neighbors Drexel on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The Red and Blue are coming in with loads of momentum right now, after picking up two solid wins this past weekend at Delaware and home for Lafayette.
Considering they have yet to even take their first college midterm, a pair of Penn freshman athletes had quite precocious weeks for their respective teams.
Women’s soccer’s Emily Sands and Volleyball’s Caroline Furrer both picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Week Awards following high-scoring performances that led their teams to winning nonconference weekends.
Sands played a part in three out of the four Quaker goals this weekend.
It only took 12 minutes for freshman Kitty Qu to get the signal to put on her gloves.
After her team went two goals down just minutes after the season-opening whistle, Penn coach Nicole Van Dyke called up the untested newcomer for her first taste of collegiate soccer.
That was over two weeks ago, and Qu has played every minute of action since.
“It’s cool for me because it’s taking a lot of responsibility as a freshman,” the Foster City, Calif., native said.
In the three games that followed that opening 3-1 loss to Maryland on August 28, Qu has held on to her starting spot, showing that her stint in goal was not a one-time occurrence.
And with Qu in goal, the Quakers (3-1-0) have opened their season with fantastic momentum.
With a pair of 2-1 decisions, the Red and Blue took down the previously undefeated Leopards at home on Friday before downing the Blue Hens in their first road contest on Sunday.