As most fall teams' seasons have come to a close, the Penn sports world has been fully introduced to its new faces. Though no Red and Blue teams were able to bring home league championships, the school saw no shortage of rookie standouts, with the Class of 2021 making an immediate impact on programs left and right.
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It's the end of an era for Penn field hockey.
Nothing about the 2017 season has been ordinary for Penn field hockey. Once in the running to win the Ivy League championship and make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are all but eliminated from winning the conference with two weeks left in the season.
A new hierarchy in the Ancient Eight has left the Red and Blue hungry all the same.
You win some, you lose some. That seems to be Penn field hockey's 2017 season motto.
In a weekend of two impressive showings, Penn field hockey notched its first win of the season, beating Villanova, 2-0, on Sunday after falling to Delaware, 2-1, just two days prior.
In a fall season where many of Penn’s teams look poised to contend with the best, Penn field hockey struggled out of the gate in its opening weekend, falling to Rutgers by a score of 1-0, and to top-ranked UNC, 3-1.
Good leadership can prove the difference between try and triumph, and Penn field hockey is rife with multitalented players. Unlike previous years, the team will now rely on three captains to take it to the NCAA Tournament and finally take down Princeton.
From a developmental standpoint, a collegiate athlete’s freshman season is critical. It is a time of learning by doing, developing skills, and getting an initial taste of college athletics. For those reasons, it is unsurprising to see some players fail to meet expectations after missing their freshmen season with injuries. That said, Penn women’s lacrosse’s top playmaker, senior attack Emily Rogers-Healion is a rare glowing success story after missing her entire freshman season.
Penn women’s lacrosse has a knack for making big games look easy.
There are few constants in Penn Athletics over the years, but perhaps the most prominent one is the play of the women’s lacrosse team. Year after year, the program churns out some of the nation’s elite lacrosse players while maintaining good standing in the NCAA rankings.
It takes a talented program to make trouble for the country’s best team. For eleventh ranked Penn women’s lacrosse, that was the story on Wednesday when they traveled to Maryland and fell 11-7. The loss was the Quakers’ (6-2, 0-1 Ivy) first in four games but was an impressive performance nonetheless.
It all comes down to this. For Penn wrestling, the entire season culminates in St. Louis when five Quakers will travel to the Scottrade Center for the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time in four years, Penn wrestling has an EIWA champion.
Reloading, not rebuilding, is the task for Penn women's lacrosse after the departure of an all-time great
In Ivy League sports, dynasties are few and far between. After all, a dynasty exists only when new stellar talent comes in as quickly as seniors leave, which is never guaranteed. Penn women’s lacrosse was able to do that in 2016 after losing a tremendous senior class and now looks to do the same in 2017.
With dual season nearing its close, Penn wrestling is looking to kick into high gear.
Some Penn Athletics programs are given seven days between competition, but the Red and Blue wrestling squad will take on two opponents this weekend with only a four-hour break in between. Making things even more difficult, the Quakers will welcome a pair of stellar teams in Harvard and Brown, two conference rivals that have given the team problems in the past.
Penn loves beating Princeton. That sentiment is as old as the Penn-Princeton rivalry itself.
It hurts to lose. And for all Penn sports, it especially hurts to fall to Princeton.
As Penn field hockey's 2016 season winds down, the team's two graduating seniors will have their last practice, their last lift and their last pre-game routine as Quakers.