Articles by Brian Finkel

04/23/08 5:00am

Talking Points | Living his dream as an MLB reporter

From the moment he opened The Daily Pennsylvanian upon visiting Penn's campus for the first time, Ken Rosenthal knew he had found the launching pad for his budding career in sports journalism. After four years at the DP, Rosenthal graduated Penn with an English degree in 1984 and embarked on a journey that eventually led him to his current posts as a columnist for Foxsports.
04/14/08 5:00am
With its back against the wall, the Penn women's tennis team got the job done. The defending Ivy League champions emerged triumphant from both of its Ivy conference showdowns this weekend, beating Harvard 6-1 and Dartmouth 5-2 to stay alive in their title defense.
04/04/08 5:00am

A rower for life, Nace will lead Quakers

While most of his peers were playing little league baseball and Pop Warner football, senior Ben Nace was focusing on a more unorthodox athletic pursuit - becoming a world-class rower. Although he now hails from Dallas, Nace credits his family's northeastern roots for inspiring him to pursue his passion for rowing.
03/19/08 5:00am
It has been a painful month for the men's tennis team - in more ways than one. Not only have the Quakers lost six consecutive matches, they have also suffered a litany of injuries to several top players. The Quakers (7-7), who are hoping to reverse their fortunes and get their season back on track, will travel to Annapolis, Md.
02/29/08 5:00am
Things are about to get a little tougher for the men's tennis team. After cruising to easy victories in each of their last four contests, the Quakers will face Maryland and Louisville - two of their strongest opponents yet - when they travel to College Park, Md.
02/18/08 5:00am
There were no surprises this weekend for the men's tennis team. In a Sunday doubleheader that went pretty much as expected, the Quakers easily knocked off Delaware and Villanova by a combined score of 13-1. According to Penn coach Nik DeVore, the Quakers (7-1) started the day "flat," dropping the first doubles match to Delaware by an 8-6 margin.
02/11/08 5:00am

W. Squash completes a perfect season

For the two Penn squash programs, it was a weekend of exhilarating highs and humbling lows. While the men's squad suffered a tough 6-3 loss to Harvard in a match senior Spencer Kurn hoped would be "the pinnacle" of the Red and Blue's season, the women wrapped up the Ivy League crown and an undefeated regular season with victories over Harvard and Dartmouth.
02/06/08 5:00am
After last week's cakewalk, tonight's match could be a rude awakening for the men's squash team. Eight days ago, Penn routed Franklin and Marshall 9-0 in a match that senior captain Ryan Rayfield said "went pretty much as expected." Tonight promises to be different as the Quakers host the far more formidable Princeton Tigers, whom coach Craig Thorpe-Clark has never beaten in his nine years at Penn.
01/29/08 5:00am

No immunity for Diplomats at Ringe

After what the men's squash team endured last Friday, tonight's match should be a breeze. The Quakers (5-4) saw their five-match winning streak snapped last Friday to No. 1 Trinity. Tonight at Ringe, in a match that was originally postponed due to inclement weather, the Red and Blue's opponent is the considerably less fearsome Franklin and Marshall.
01/22/08 5:00am

Road trippin'? Not a problem for M. Squash

The men's squash team couldn't have scripted a better way to kick off the new semester. The Quakers played some of their best squash of the season this weekend, knocking off Williams, Amherst and Bowdoin on a demanding road trip that required the team to play three matches in three cities within a 24-hour period.
12/11/07 5:00am

From University City to Wrigleyville, with podunk in between

When it comes to athletic achievements at Penn, few can top Mark DeRosa. In just two years at starting quarterback he became the fourth-leading passer in Quakers history. And when this Wharton student and Sigma Chi fraternity member hit the baseball diamond in the spring season, he attracted attention from Major League scouts with his superior hitting and fielding skills.
11/30/07 5:00am

M. Squash | Penn in danger of a 2nd Ivy loss

How badly do they want it? When the men's squash team plays host to Yale and Brown this weekend, its desire will be put to the test. The Quakers (0-2, 0-1 Ivy), who remain winless this year after two early-season losses to Cornell and Western Ontario, will look to rebound when they face off against the Bulldogs (0-0) and the Bears (0-1, 0-1) at friendly Ringe Courts this weekend.
11/09/07 5:00am

W. Soccer says the NCAA cake needs icing

By Brian Finkel Staff Writer Just don't lose. A draw is all it will take for the women's soccer team to finally have the Ivy League title all to itself. After clinching a share of the Ivy League championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA postseason with a win over Princeton last Saturday night, the Quakers prepare to wrap up their regular season slate tomorrow with a match at Harvard (10-5-1, 3-3-0 Ivy).
10/19/07 5:00am

Time running out for M. Soccer

Penn men's soccer coach Rudy Fuller knows things have to get better - and fast. Just when things were starting to look up this season, his team will now have to regroup tomorrow against Yale if it hopes to remain in contention for the Ivy League title. The Quakers' recent three-game winning streak, however, was short-lived.
09/07/07 5:00am
While you would be hard-pressed to call the Penn women's soccer squad a group of grizzled veterans, they're hardly the new kids on the block. With a 2-0 record to start the year, the Quakers - who don't have a single senior on their roster - have relied on crafty shot- making and solid play in goal to try to improve over last year's 8-5-3 finish.
04/20/07 5:00am
For Penn women's tennis coach Mike Dowd, things are simply going according to plan. His Quakers head into their final weekend of Ancient Eight play with an undefeated record in the league and a firm hold on first place - an impressive performance by any standard.
04/16/07 5:00am
Two loss columns read zero at the end of the weekend. The Penn women's tennis team extend its Ivy win streak to 5-0, while the Quakers' Lauren Sadaka kept her own undefeated run in the spring alive. Harvard and Dartmouth were no match for the Quakers, both falling by 7-0 margins.
03/26/07 5:00am

W. Tennis: The long, strange trip ends: Nonconference games no longer a bother

Bring on the Tigers. That was the overwhelming sentiment as the Quakers returned from their weekend trip to Virginia and now prepare to kick off their Ivy schedule against Princeton. The trip, which began with a 7-0 Penn defeat at the hands of William and Mary, ended on a high note as the Red and Blue cruised to a 5-2 victory over Old Dominion.
03/15/07 5:00am
Matt Valenti is hoping for history to repeat itself. The accomplished senior, a unanimous choice for Ivy League Wrestler of the Year, will attempt to defend his 133-pound crown later today when the Quakers begin Day One of the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Auburn Hills, Mich.
03/13/07 5:00am

Down 0-2, W. Tennis roars back

After this spring break, coach Michael Dowd may want to consider playing all of Penn's future games in San Diego. The southwestern locale, known for its scenic beaches and temperate weather, was kind to the women's tennis team during its seven-day, five-game California road trip.
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