When Penn women’s lacrosse plays fast from the second the opening faceoff is won, its chances of losing are pretty remote. Such was the case on a frigid Wednesday night at Franklin Field.
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When Eric Schultz was a senior at La Salle College High School and considering Penn as the place he would spend the next four years swimming, he never dreamed of becoming an Ivy League champion.
An Israeli-born fencer, a Canadian and an Ivy champion walk into a bar. And they’re all Shaul Gordon.
Performing under the weight of expectations is no easy task. Just ask Penn women’s lacrosse.
Over the weekend, students from across the Ivy League gathered on Penn’s campus to participate in panel discussions and workshops as part of the Unmasking the Ivy League Conference. Organized by a dozen Penn students, the first-ever Ivy League mental health summit was designed to gather some of the brightest minds to discuss the state of mental health on college campuses and empower students to invoke change at their universities.
Until this weekend, Penn men’s tennis had yet to play a tournament in the 2016 season at full strength.
On an overcast afternoon in November, the lines between student and student-athlete blurred on the turf of Franklin Field. With its 34-21 victory over Cornell — an outcome that seemed like a foregone conclusion from the second the ball left the tee for the opening kickoff at 1:00 p.m. — Penn football had just won a share of the Ivy title. In celebration, streams of giddy students poured over the brick barrier onto the turf forming a human swarm around midfield.
Pick up a copy of the sports section of The Daily Pennsylvanian on any given weekday and you’re likely to find a slew of familiar names: the MVPs, the record breakers, the prolific touchdown scorers. In fact, pick any team and you’ll see the same four or five names over and over again.
Penn Athletics saw its fair share of improvement this past fall. After finishing in the bottom half of the Ivies last year, Penn football won a share of the Ancient Eight title, while Penn men’s cross country had possibly its best season in program history.
With finals fast approaching, many Penn students are already hoping for some late-semester academic fireworks to salvage their GPAs. But we aren’t the only ones on campus with something to prove. Only a handful of competitions remain for Penn’s winter sports teams before the semester wraps up, and there’s a lot of unfinished business to take care of before Dec. 19 rolls around. So who has the most to prove before winter break?
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Coach Steve Donahue is not the only new fixture at the Palestra these days for Penn men’s basketball.
Penn women’s soccer has nothing to lose.
Penn field hockey has played through five overtimes this year. Five!
In addition to the branding overhaul of the University, Grace Calhoun is quietly upgrading — no, revolutionizing — what it means to practice for Penn Athletics. And we’re not talking an Allen Iverson-esque rant.
On Tuesday night under the lights at Rhodes Field, something clicked for Penn’s embattled women’s soccer squad.
It’s time to hit the refresh button for Penn Athletics.
Rewind to four weeks ago.
Only four members of the current Penn women’s soccer squad remember what it feels like to beat Harvard.
For fans of Penn volleyball, Tuesday’s tilt against Delaware was the kind of game best watched between your fingers while wincing.