No longer is he thinking about stabilizing a program left in turmoil after three straight seasons with single-digit win totals under Allen. Now, he’s thinking about something bigger.
When Woods committed to Penn, his plan was to redshirt his freshman football season while he focused on basketball and academics, and then play on both teams as a sophomore.
Both the men’s and women’s squads will be in the thick of the title hunt, and never in the last decade have both teams been simultaneously this good.
While there were certainly many eyes glued to Penn football and women’s soccer this weekend, there was plenty else going on in the rest of Penn athletics. Three teams opened their season this weekend (wrestling, fencing, and swimming) while others are watching their season’s some to a close.
Betley operates as one of the top scorers on the team and in the Ivy League. He’s the quiet assassin, the sharpshooter who slowly but surely racks up points.
Artalona was Penn’s only wrestler to place in the top four of his weight class at Saturday’s Michigan State Open, winning all four of his matches to take home first place at 149 pounds.
Brodeur and Rothschild work together to be the engines that power the Red and Blue. With both firing on all cylinders, you’ll be sure to see a lot of their signature handshake, even if you don’t know what it is.
Russell’s willingness to do what does not show up in the box score is one of the many reasons the Massachusetts native was elected as a captain for the 2018-2019 season.
Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Big 5 Rookie of the Year. 2018 second-team All-Ivy. Eight-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Two-time Ivy League Player of the Week.
Penn women's soccer lost their first Ivy League game on the last day of the season, falling to the Tigers 1-0.
The lunch pail was dreamt up by director of men’s basketball operations Brad Fadem and coach Steve Donahue early in their tenures at Penn. Donahue, with the help of Fadem and the rest of his staff, awards the lunch pail to the hardest working, grittiest player of that day of practice.
Unranked Penn almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history, but the late equalizer the team needed never came.
All three started in every game for Penn last season, meaning more than half of the team’s starting lineup this season will be players new to that role. But the Quakers won’t be losing everyone from that Ivy League runner-up team last season.
None are coming in as highly touted as now-sophomore center Eleah Parker was last year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make an immediate impact.
Wang is the highest rated recruit so far of coach Steve Donahue’s tenure at Penn, and that pedigree has shown so far in the preseason. Wang has been a standout performer, displaying his immense talent frequently in practices and scrimmages.
The most obvious answer seems to be junior Devon Goodman. After coming off the bench for 3.8 points and 14.0 minutes per game last season, coach Steve Donahue plans to at least open the season with Goodman in the starting five.
This win was on the juniors and sophomores. And if they can play like they did here against Cornell over the final two weeks, they might just set themselves up for a title run next year.
Penn football put up just three points in the first half, but eventually found enough momentum to roll over Cornell, 20-7, and take the Trustee’s Cup for the sixth year in a row.
Follow along as Penn football looks to defeat the Cornell Bears in a Friday night showdown in Ithaca, N.Y.
While Penn women's soccer might have the most important game to play this weekend, here's a look at three others teams that will also be in action.