In a whirlwind of athletic endeavors, the Quakers demonstrated a mix of grit, determination, and passion, in Philadelphia and as the visitor, over this past weekend.
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Last week, Penn football played four complete quarters en route to a 20-6 win over Colgate (0-3). But the cruel irony of the college football season is that regardless of last week’s result, the Quakers (1-0) have to do it all again for the next nine weeks. On Saturday, Penn will head back on the road to face another Patriot League foe: Bucknell (1-1).
All offseason, teams work on improvement. They try to fix holes they had last year, while maintaining strengths. And then, in the first game of the new season, it is time to unveil the team's new look and show off all the work that's been done over the offseason.
When the NFL season kicked off week one last weekend, it marked the conclusion of yet another tumultuous offseason. Teams moved off of certain players to bring in replacements, some of whom were signed to big-money deals and some of whom were playing at or just above the veteran minimum salary.
Last year, Penn football’s offense was in the top half of the Ivy League, scoring 26.6 points per game — the most since 2017 — en route to an impressive 8-2 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League. Whether the Quakers can sustain that success will largely depend on how well the offensive line can dominate the trenches.
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Last month in Budapest, Hungary, former Penn track and field star Nia Akins placed sixth in the 2023 World Athletics Championship in the 800-meter distance. In the race, Akins ran a personal-best of 1:57.73, and finished under two seconds behind winner Mary Moraa of Kenya — whose time was 1:56.03.
As classes hit the ground running, so does Penn sports. Many Quaker teams have either begun competition or are on the precipices of beginning their seasons. From football to cross country, and everything in between, here is what you need to know about the Penn teams competing this fall.
As college football programs around the country were well into their preparations for the upcoming seasons, Penn's Franklin Field became one of 18 stadiums designated by U.S. Congress as a historic stadium.
With a little over two months before tip-off, Penn men's basketball has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 season. In addition to the standard 14 Ivy League games, the Quakers will also play 15 out-of-conference matches this year.
With a new school year approaching, so too is a new season for Penn sports. The University fields dozens —exact number to come later — of varsity teams, with hundreds of athletes proudly donning Red and Blue. Whether you’re a freshman new to campus (in which case, welcome) or a senior looking to catch a few games before graduation, here’s most of what you need to know in order to get up to speed.
For most of the past few summers, I’ve watched with increasing anxiety the successive waves of realignment that have shaken much of the foundation of college sports. This summer, however, things reached a boiling point. The Pac-12 was shattered by a flux of departures, with some member schools moving to the Big Ten and the Big 12, with others left searching for a future home or a way forward.
For most athletes, being able to play one sport at an NCAA Division I level takes years of training and commitment. To compete in two, balancing completely separate seasons and training regimens, takes a whole new level. Nevertheless, for a pair of Quakers — rising junior Scott Dochat and rising sophomore Gavin Griswold — it's all worth it.
In the first few weeks after graduating, most of the Class of 2023 were preparing to start jobs, or enjoying a few months of freedom before taking the next steps in their academic or professional careers. But for three members of Penn men's lacrosse's graduating class, the next step of their athletic journey was just beginning.
Even though the school year is over and graduation has come and gone, the seasons for some Penn athletes are not done yet. And for key members of Penn track & field, Memorial Day weekend marked a chance to prove their skill and speed on a national stage.
Baseball — Owen Coady
NEW YORK — The last time Penn played Princeton in an Ivy League Tournament semifinal, it was a basketball game held at the Tigers’ home court of Jadwin Gymnasium, where Princeton emerged victorious en route to an Ivy Championship and Sweet 16 berth.
While not many would think that a game where the victor extended its win streak from eight to nine an upset, Penn women’s basketball’s win over Columbia certainly counts as one. When the team entered the Palestra on an early January Saturday night, the Lions were 13-2 and had just defeated Princeton, the team that would ultimately go on to win the Ivy League Championship. The Quakers swiftly halted the Lions' momentum, though, defended home court and emerged with a 71-67 victory.
After a disappointing 7-6-3 record in 2021 — including a subpar 1-4-2 against Ivy opponents, Penn men’s soccer came into 2022 with something to prove. And prove they did: the Quakers won an Ivy title, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and finished with a 13-3-2 overall record.
As the hosts of Penn Relays, the Quakers' track and field program is sending a large force to represent the Red and Blue this year — despite the event occurring just one week before the 2023 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. Here are five Penn men's athletes to look out for at Franklin Field this weekend.