Priore, who spent 28 years as an assistant at Penn before taking over when Al Bagnoli retired after the 2014 season, has joined an exclusive club and will try again to match what became Crouthamel’s three championships in his first three seasons of head coaching.
Joe Swenson, Austin Kuhn and captain Sam Wancowicz are the team’s three elder statesmen, and while having this few seniors on a roster seems unusual, the Quakers are no stranger to having a youth-saturated team—you need only look to the 2016 roster to find the last time there were only three seniors.
One player who looked particularly fit and sharp at the start of the season was sophomore winger Dami Omitaomu. While many of the team plied their trade at local soccer clubs across the country, from New Hampshire to California, Omitaomu’s summer situation stood out for several reasons.
This year, the Quakers brought in 11 new players — almost half of the 28-man roster. With the greater size, this year’s freshman class will also be expected to play a bigger role on the team than freshmen of years past.
While the 82-year-old spent much of his career at Villanova, he was no stranger to Penn. The season before he took the helm with the Wildcats, Massimino was actually an assistant coach for the Quakers.
Taking place in a southeast Mexican region called the Riviera Maya, Morales showed off her aquatic abilities in the area’s cenotes — underground sinkholes that some Mayan natives consider a gateway to the Underworld — giving the wakeboarding phenom a new opportunity to showcase her sport and her country.
The unusual makeup of rosters after season cancellations presented unordinary opportunities for many Penn athletes, from upperclassmen leading two classes of rookies to players returning for a fifth year.
Just a few days after former teammate Alek Torgersen signed with the Detroit Lions practice squad, tight end Ryan O’Malley has been added to an active roster. The 2016 graduate was a captain and two-time All-Ivy honoree with the Quakers, and scored a total of nine touchdowns in his 40 career games.
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 them to the NCAA Tournament and finally take down Princeton.
Erica Higa really, really loved her first visit to Rwanda a year ago. So much so, as a matter of fact, that the Penn women’s soccer rising senior had to coerce a couple of friends to come along for round two.
Penn track and field's sprinters have a busy weekend in front of them. As one of premier units on the team, both the men's and women's sprinters will be facing some of the best schools in the country this weekend at the Penn Relays. But that won't faze them, as they've shown throughout the year that they belong with the best.