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Midway through Penn Athletics’ spring season, an intriguing combination of players have left an indelible mark on their respective teams’ successes in 2015. In recent weeks, Penn baseball has surged ahead, winning seven of eight Ivy games in dominating fashion, yet with no single person responsible for the hot streak. The women’s lacrosse and softball teams are humming along as well, with their usual cast of stars setting the tone for the Quakers.
Penn women’s lacrosse has certainly picked up where it left
off last year. The No. 14 Quakers
are undefeated through their first six games, and after two dominant wins over
Saint Joseph’s and Georgetown, seniors Tory Bensen and Meg Markham have been
named Ivy League co-Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week respectively.
After this weekend's games, women's lacrosse senior attack Tory Bensen and men's basketball freshman guard Antonio Woods received Ivy League offensive player of the week and Ivy League rookie of the week honors respectively.
While it might not have been the weekend Penn women’s basketball had hoped for, freshman forward Michelle Nwokedi stood tall in her first career start and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.
1. What should expectations be going into the opening weekend of Ivy League play for Penn men's basketball?
It isn’t every year that Penn women’s basketball wins the Big 5 Title. In fact, it’s never happened before in the 36-year history of the Big 5.
Ivy League basketball has seen some surprises early in the 2014-15 season. Harvard lost to Holy Cross on a neutral court. Columbia lost its top scorer from a year ago before the season began and hasn’t missed a beat. Cornell has already won more games than last season.
Though Penn women's basketball may be just four games into the season (as of Monday night), there's been plenty to talk about and analyze as the team looks to repeat on its Ivy title.
Penn basketball has gotten off to an inauspicious start to the 2014-15 season, losing all five of its games. The Quakers are one of 14 winless teams left in the NCAA, having suffered some close defeats to Delaware State, Lafayette and Wagner. The Red and Blue also rank 278th out of 351 Division I teams in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings, but they are also not far behind fellow Ivy squads Cornell, Brown and Dartmouth.
After an up-and-down season for Penn field hockey, the team saw two players named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region second-team. Senior Emily Corcoran and freshman Alexa Hoover were honored after combining for 23 goals and 55 points.
Earlier today, freshman guard Antonio Woods was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after putting up 11 points against Delaware State on Saturday.
The beginning of basketball season is right on the horizon (aka this weekend) and both programs will take to the court with plenty of fresh faces. Our editors will be making the trip down to Tennessee on an epic #roadtrip, but the Palestra always hits close to home as well. In a rivalry as heated as Ali vs. Frazier, sports editor Holden McGinnis and senior sports editor Steven Tydings take to the ring once again to debate it out over which season opener has them more excited.
This weekend, the AP came out with its first top 25 poll for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. For the first time since 1975, an Ivy League team made the preseason top 25, but it wasn't Penn this time: It was Harvard, led by high-profile coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson were tied for 25th and will have a lot to live up to being a ranked Ivy squad. Our editors debate what this means for Penn and the Ivy League:
Earlier today, the Ivy League released the preseason media poll results for women's basketball and for the first time in the history of the poll, two teams have tied at the top. Penn and Princeton - who played a de facto Ivy League championship game to end the season last year - each garnered 123 points to top the poll.
While most of Penn Athletics took their talents up to New Haven, Men's and Women's basketball are kicking it around in the Palestra. Follow along live with sports editor Holden McGinnis. Women's Scrimmage at 1:15. Men's Scrimmage at 2:00. We've got you covered.
Over the summer, 2014 Penn graduate and former basketball captain Miles Jackson-Cartwright signed overseas with Dutch club Aris Leeuwarden. And while we have to wait and see how the Quakers perform this season in his absence, basketball season starts a bit early overseas.
Penn football finally got its first win of the year on Saturday, taking down lowly Columbia. This weekend, a much greater test awaits in a strong Yale squad. Our editors debate: Does the Columbia game change the outlook for Penn football, or are the Quakers bound to fall to the Elis?
With the season on the horizon for Penn women’s basketball, it only seems appropriate to take a look ahead at the future of the team. With coach Mike McLaughlin’s prowess for successful recruiting – all four of his classes have produced the Big 5 Rookie of the Year – it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the commits for the Class of 2019 have been strong so far.
After a quick first quarter drive by VIllanova, it became immediately clear there would be more Bad and Ugly for Penn football than Good. The Quakers would go on to lose 41-7 to No. 6 Villanova in the team's home opener at Franklin Field. But out of every loss, there's usually some ounce of good - even in a game against a ranked team that serves more as demotivation than preparation.
Our Sports Editors discuss Penn football's upcoming matchup with Villanova and whether the Red and Blue can take down the No. 6 ranked Wildcats