During an overcast October weekend in the Northeast, the various Quaker teams still found ways to peer at the bright side of things, despite a few frustrating losses.
Penn (6-8, 4-2 Ivy) ventured north to Cambridge, Mass. for an Ivy League clash with No. 11 Harvard. The Quakers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against the Crimson, who maintain a perfect record in conference play. Penn was outshot 19-3, with a 12-1 shots on goal advantage. The Quakers will close out Ivy League play Oct. 28 against Brown, ahead of the Ivy League Tournament on Nov. 3 and 5.
Women's golf wrapped up its fall season at the Lady Blue Hen Invitational — held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club — where the Quakers finished second out of 11 teams participating. Despite leading by eight strokes heading into the final round Sunday, Penn ultimately fell to Harvard. Sophomore Julie Shin was Penn's low scorer on the weekend, finishing sixth overall.
Facing No. 25 Harvard (9-3-2, 4-1-1 Ivy) on the road Saturday, the Quakers (5-7-3, 0-4-2) endured a 1-0 defeat in the penultimate game of their season. Following a scoreless first half, Harvard's Josefine Hasbo scored in the 77th minute to give the Crimson a lead. Despite senior goalkeeper Laurence Gladu only allowing one goal, Harvard managed 19 shots during the afternoon, with six of them being on goal. On its end, Penn only managed a solitary shot throughout the entire 90 minutes.
After ending its non-conference schedule with a 5-0 win against Lehigh on Tuesday, Penn (5-3-5, 2-1-2 Ivy) returned to Ivy League play Sunday with a 2-1 win against Harvard (4-4-6, 2-1-2) at Penn Park. First-half goals from junior midfielder Michael Hewes and junior attacker Stas Korzienowski put the Quakers ahead, before Harvard's Alessandro Arlotti brought the game within one in the 66th minute. As both teams managed seven shots on goal and four corner kicks, senior goalkeeper Nick Christofferson had an admirable effort with six saves to secure a Quaker win. Now, with two games left against Columbia and Princeton, Penn is in a four-way tie for first place in the Ivy League.
Esha Velaga continued her excellent start for Penn women's tennis again this weekend, capturing an ITA Northeast Super Regional singles title in West Point, N.Y. on Sunday. The freshman defeated her sister Neha, who attends Princeton, in two sets to capture this title. Junior Gavriella Smith also competed this weekend, making it to the quarterfinals before falling to Brown's Phoebe Peus.
For its second meet of the fall season, Penn rowing's three teams shipped up to Boston for the Head of the Charles regatta. Four Quaker boats ended up on the podium, with the men's heavyweight championship fours, men's lightweight fours, and men's lightweight eights finishing second in their divisions. Additionally, the women's club fours division came in third place. Despite not taking pole position in any races, all of this was good enough for Penn to win overall, taking the McMahon Cup points trophy with 865.68 total points.