Playing on the road, the Quakers (2-4) will take on a 7-0 Villanova squad that made national headlines with wins over then-no. 2 Kansas and then-no. 23 Iowa to capture the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship, vaulting the squad from unranked to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll.
Why did Penn look so flat-footed and ill-prepared at the defensive end in the first half? Did it come down to strategy or motivation, head or heart? If you ask Fran Dougherty, it’s the latter.
For the first time in four seasons, Penn will play Princeton without a chance at an Ivy League title. But the Quakers still have a lot to play for.
Playing in front of a home crowd at Rhodes Field, Penn avenged last season’s disheartening loss with a 1-0 victory over the Big Green.
The Red and Blue secured their first conference victory of the season, snapped a four-game winless streak and kept their Ivy title hopes alive.
Senior captain Brianna Rano is the only remaining defender from that team’s back line, so she was a natural choice as a leader of the defense — or so it would appear.
Today, the women’s soccer season commences, and thus, it’s time for us sportswriters to get together and make predictions on matters about which we know not.
Counting down the top five moments from a Penn season that ended up just short of Ivy hardware
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.