Penn football kicked off this past weekend while other fall sports teams headed into week three of competition. Here's a look at all the Penn teams that competed over the weekend and how they fared.
Penn women’s soccer (2-1-5) took a weekend trip to California, where it faced Saint Mary’s (4-2-3) on Thursday and Cal (5-1-3) on Sunday. This stretch marked the team's final bout of non-conference competition before beginning Ivy League play this upcoming weekend against Harvard (6-0-1).
The Quakers drew with Saint Mary’s 1-1 after being rescued from their first loss of the season by a 59th-minute goal from sophomore forward Isobel Glass.
Three days later against Cal, the Red and Blue suffered their first loss, not managing a single goal during a 3-0 shutout. Penn kept it knotted at zero apiece in the first half, but three Cal goals within 13 minutes in the second half sent the Quakers home with a tie and a defeat.
On the men's side, Penn (4-1-1) had a dominant weekend across two games in which it won by a combined 11-1 goal margin. Against Mount St. Mary’s (4-3) on Friday, the Quakers were in complete control throughout, taking a 5-0 shutout win. Junior midfielder Michael Hewes scored two goals in the victory, while fifth-year midfielder Ben Stitz and sophomore forward Stas Korzeniowski each contributed a goal and an assist.
Sunday was a case of déjà vu for the Quakers, as they again won by a five-goal margin, this time with a 6-1 final score against Fairleigh Dickinson (2-4-1). Hewes again had a standout day with another two goals, and an assist as well. For his four-goal weekend, the junior midfielder earned Ivy League Player of the Week, the first such honor of his career.
Penn sprint football (1-0) began its regular season with a 30-7 victory over Alderson Broaddus (0-1) on Friday at Franklin Field. Senior quarterback Andrew Paolini finished 22-34 for 320 yards and three touchdowns while throwing no picks. Freshman wideout Brandon Graves had an impressive debut, hauling in five catches for 59 yards and two scores. The team will head up to Sparkill, N.Y. to face St. Thomas Aquinas next Saturday.
Penn football began its season this Saturday at home and managed to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Colgate 25-14, outscoring the Raiders 22-0 in the second half. Sophomore quarterback Aidan Sayin had the best outing of his career, completing 31 out of 44 pass attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns while overcoming two early picks. Junior wideout Josh Casilli caught 10 balls for 60 yards, and senior defensive back Kendren Smith, after missing most of last season with an injury, had a strong return, finishing with six tackles. The Quakers return to Franklin Field next Saturday at 1 p.m. to face the Lafayette Leopards (1-2).
This weekend, Penn volleyball (1-8) continued its losing slide, bringing the Red and Blue's winless streak to six games. The Quakers competed in a tournament they hosted, the Sheraton University City Invitational, against George Washington (6-7) on Friday and Providence (8-7) and Temple (6-5) on Saturday.
The team lost all three matchups, falling in straight sets against George Washington and Providence and coming up short in four to Temple. Senior outside hitter Autumn Leak was a rare bright spot for the Quakers, leading the team with 36 kills across all three contests, including 16 against Temple.
The Quakers return home to the Palestra to face Lehigh (8-5) on Tuesday night.
Penn men's tennis began its season this weekend with the Penn Invitational, a tournament the team held at the Hamlin Tennis Center along with six other Division I teams, four of which the Quakers competed against.
Across Friday through Sunday, the Red and Blue faced William and Mary, Dartmouth, Drexel, and Liberty, finishing with a combined 9-3 doubles record and 16-9 singles record.
The Quakers have one more meet next weekend before they compete in various ITA tournaments through the beginning of November.
Penn women's tennis, on the other hand, traveled to New York for the Columbia Invite, facing off against St. John's and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Quakers struggled in doubles, losing all but one of their six matches, but held firm in singles, going 7-5 across 12 matchups.
Like the men's team, Penn women's tennis has one more meet next weekend — a home tournament running from Friday to Sunday — before beginning ITA tournaments through the start of November.
Penn men's golf competed in its third tournament of the season over the weekend and had arguably its best performance of the season.
At the Cornell/Temple Invitational in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the Quakers placed third out of 12 teams, bolstered by senior Mark Haghani and sophomore John Richardson, who each shot three-over-par for the weekend and tied for 12th-best out of 84 total golfers.
Penn will return next weekend at The Macdonald Cup, taking place in New Haven, Conn. at the Yale Golf Course.
The downward spiral persists for Penn field hockey (0-6), which dropped another two games over the weekend to leave the team winless past the one-third mark of the season.
On Friday, the Quakers faced its tallest task of the season against No. 1 Northwestern (8-0). Penn put up a valiant fight, reaching the 30-minute mark with a 2-1 lead. But with three goals in six minutes, the Wildcats took control of the game, and it was too much for Penn to claw back from.
Two days later, Penn had an easier shot at their first win of the season against Drexel (4-3). Though the Quakers quickly rebounded with a goal 36 seconds after the Dragons were first on the board, the Red and Blue fell short after a goal in the 48th minute sealed the game for Drexel.
Penn field hockey competes again on Friday for its first Ivy League game of the season against Princeton (3-3), where it will again hope to get in the win column.
At the Main Line Invitational in Haverford, Pa., Penn women's cross country had one of the best outings of any Penn squad over the weekend.
The group finished first place among eight teams, led by a top finish from sophomore Bronwyn Patterson in the three-mile race, who won by a 15-second margin over the second-place finisher, junior teammate Laura Baeyens.
Men's cross country, meanwhile, placed a respectable fourth out of eight teams and will — along with the women's team — return next week at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.