Former Penn women’s basketball coach Greenberg resigns at BU

Courtesy of Penn Gazette

Courtesy of Penn Gazette

While Penn women's basketball is on the upswing, a Quakers former coach is on the up and out.

Kelly Greenberg, the coach that led Penn to its first two Ivy League titles, has resigned at Boston University following an investigation into bullying charges against her.

Greenberg had been accused of emotionally abusing four former players. She had been at Boston for a decade following her tenure with the Red and Blue.

Penn just got its first Ivy title since Greenberg's departure this past season under coach Mike McLaughlin, posting a 22-7 record in 2013-14.

Quick Link: ESPN highlights improving Ivy basketball

Wanted to pass along a small blog post by Andy Katz of ESPN on a steadily improving Ivy League.

The piece focuses primarily on Harvard as well as Yale and Columbia to some extent, with the Quakers a periphery part of the story. However, Katz' point about the Ivy League on the upswing is very true, with five postseason teams this past year and most of them only getting stronger.

Check it out here: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/98608/look-back-look-ahead-ivy-league

Three up, three down: Penn women’s lacrosse vs. Columbia

Three Up Three DownThe Ivy League season is winding to a close, and Penn women’s lacrosse needs to win out in order to clinch a share of its eighth straight Ivy League championship. As a result, the No. 7 Quakers’ (8-4, 4-1 Ivy) matchup with Columbia at Penn Park has a newfound importance. Here’s what’s up — and what’s down — as the Red and Blue take on the Lions (3-9, 0-6).

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History : In terms of past records, it doesn’t get too much better for Penn than its all-time 17-0 mark against Columbia. Boding just as well for the Quakers, the Red and Blue have never lost to the Lions in Philadelphia, winning all eight matches between the two schools that have been played at in the city.

Meg Markham : The awards keep on rolling in for the junior, who picked up her second Ivy Defensive Player of the Week honor after forcing seven turnovers and picking up seven ground balls during Penn’s split week against Princeton and Brown. Continue reading

Three up, three down: Penn men’s lacrosse vs. Towson

Three Up Three DownExactly one month ago, Penn men’s lacrosse had its worst defensive outing of the season, allowing 17 goals in an eight-goal defeat at the hands of then-No. 4 Cornell. At the time, it was hard to believe that the Quakers would be able to salvage their season. No. 8 Penn hasn’t lost a game since then, and the Red and Blue are heading to the Ivy League Tournament. Before that, however, the Quakers (7-3) will finish their regular season with two nonconference games. We take a look at who’s up and who’s down entering Penn’s contest against Towson (8-5) on Tuesday.

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Penn’s defense: If one wants to identify a particular reason why the Red and Blue have excelled since March 22, their defensive prowess is likely the best answer. Since the Big Red’s onslaught of goals last month, Penn has limited its four opponents to a combined 23 goals, an average of 5.75 per game. Not only is defender Matt McMahon 17th in the nation in caused turnovers, but the Quakers also rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense. The Tigers’ offense is in deep trouble if Penn continues this trend. Continue reading

Roundtable: Which Penn team is in the best position to make a deep run?

The Ivy seasons are beginning to wind down for most spring sports, and there are many Penn teams hanging around at or near the top of their respective standings. But which squad is best positioned to make a run at the Ivy title — or perhaps even NCAA tournament glory? Our sports editors discuss:

Sports Editor Ian Wenik: I’m not a betting man, but if I was, I would have my money on Penn men’s lacrosse to make a deep run in the four-team Ivy tournament — and possibly even beyond. The No. 8 Quakers have won four Ivy contests in a row since that humiliating 17-9 loss to then-No. 4 Cornell on March 22nd. This is a team that has the third-best RPI in the nation and should be solidly in the NCAA tournament field regardless of what happens the rest of the way.

And in the tournament, I think the Red and Blue have a tremendous shot at making a deep run, considering all of the adversity they’ve handled so far. Look at the fourth-quarter comebacks against Denver, Villanova and Harvard from earlier in the season. Look at the attack that boasts five different double-digit goal scorers. The Quakers are legit. Continue reading

Behind Enemy Lines with Princeton baseball coach Scott Bradley

Penn baseball is halfway through a series with Princeton, as the Quakers look to stay atop the Ivy League standings. Here is our interview with Princeton coach Scott Bradley before the series began.

Daily Pennsylvanian: Your team is pretty young, and although it got off to a 4-0 start in ivy play, it was swept in its next two series. Can you talk about what factored in most to that rough stretch and what you have tried to take away from it?

Scott Bradley: Going into the year, we knew we were going to be very young. In fact, there are a lot of games where we’ll have six or seven freshmen on the field at one time.

With the Ivy weekends, they’re always so different. A lot of it is just circumstances. We caught Dartmouth coming right after their trip where they were a little banged up. And we’re the same way now. We’re so young. We’re so inexperienced. We’ve had a good number of injuries. For the freshmen, in their first time, people don’t understand what it’s like to play a doubleheader every Saturday and a doubleheader every Sunday. Continue reading

Ivy League baseball mid-season report: Lou Gehrig Division

austin bossartJust over halfway through the Ivy League baseball season, the playoff picture has begun to come into focus. We break down how the season has unfolded thus far, and who the real contenders are.
Lou Gehrig Division – Penn (11-1), Columbia (9-3), Cornell (6-6), Princeton (4-6)
Unsurprisingly, it’s been the Gehrig Division that’s seen the most success this season. The four Gehrig clubs have won a combined 30 games compared to the 16 victories the Red Rolfe Division possesses. Also, three Gehrig squads (Penn, Columbia and Cornell) are playing at least .500 ball, while only one team in the Rolfe Division (Yale) fits that description.
In what has been the Ivy season’s biggest surprise, Penn (11-1) is leading the Ancient Eight and slugging up a storm.

Class of 2018 PG Darnell Foreman commits to Penn basketball

There is a new fourth member of the class of 2018 for Penn basketball.

Pitman High School (N.J.) senior guard Darnell Foreman committed to Penn basketball, joining forward Mike Auger, small forward Sam Jones and guard Antonio Woods in the Quakers' class of 2018. Foreman

Foreman is a 6-foot-0 guard and was named South Jersey Times Player of the Year for 2013-14. According to City of Basketball Love, Foreman is a skilled combo guard, something that could fit in Penn's three-guard system. Foreman averaged 17.4 points and 4.5 assists per game last year in guiding Pitman to the Group 1 State Championship in New Jersey.

Massanutten Military (Va.) center Ryan Singer was originally also part of Penn's class of 2018, but decommitted on March 26, reopening his recruitment.

Penn now has nine underclassmen returning from last year's squad and four members of its upcoming freshman class joining the roster. Current freshman Dave Winfield Jr. is expected to also return to the roster after dealing with injuries in 2013-14.

Three up, Three down: Penn baseball vs. USciences

Three Up Three DownDespite having to deal with yet another rain delay, Penn baseball looks forward to wrapping up its nonconference schedule against Division II University of the Sciences (5-25) on Wednesday afternoon. The Quakers (19-12) are coming off three wins in four games against Cornell over the weekend and hope to end their seven-game homestand on a high note. We see who’s up and who’s down entering Wednesday’s game.

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Rookies on a roll: Freshman righty Jake Cousins continues to prove himself as one of Penn’s top dealers. He’s displayed his versatility thus far this season, as he’s made four starts along with four relief appearances. In his most recent start on Saturday against Cornell, Cousins held the Big Red to two runs in five and two-thirds innings to improve his record to a team best 4-0.

On the offensive side, rookie Tim Graul broke out last week, going 6-for-11 with four RBI. Before his banner 4-for-4 day against St. Peter’s last Wednesday, Graul had gone hitless this season. But coach John Yurkowseems to like the East Greenwich, R.I., native a lot, so Graul should be able to continue to get his hacks. The freshman’s role moving forward, based on what he’s been asked to do so far, will be as a middle-of-the-lineup designated hitter against left-handed pitchers.

Home, Sweet Home: The Quakers are an impressive 11-2 at Meiklejohn Stadium this season compared to a pedestrian 8-8 mark in road and neutral site games. This comes a year after the Quakers went 7-9 at home. The Red and Blue will look to continue that success when they finish up their seven-game homestand against USciences on Wednesday.

The way they’ve played at Meiklejohn, the Quakers should be especially excited if they can make it to the Ivy League championship series and get home-field advantage.

Senior captain Brandon Engelhardt: The veteran centerfielder has more than made up for his slow start to the season with his stellar play in conference competition. The Pottstown, Pa., product’s .400 batting average is fourth-best in conference play among all Ivy players, and he also features the fifth-best slugging percentage at .600.

Engelhardt was crucial to the Quakers’ success against Cornell this past weekend in multiple ways. The captain got the Red and Blue going in the early game of the Sunday doubleheader when he laced a triple off the first pitch he saw and soon scored the first run of Penn’s 4-2 victory. And while he sparked the Quakers’ momentum with his bat, Engelhardt would add to the charge later in the game with his glove when the Big Red threatened. It looked as if Cornell was going to tie the game after JD Whetsel singled to center with a runner on second, but Engelhardt had other plans, gunning the runner down at the plate to keep Penn’s lead intact.

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No longer a perfect Bet: Senior submarine reliever Pat Bet, who has been one of the best stories on this year’s Penn squad, finally showed this weekend that he is indeed human. Entering the last game of the series with a perfect earned run average, Bet gave up his first two runs in the ninth inning before closing out the Quakers’ third straight win.

Lack of production in losses: As potent as Penn’s offense has been this year, its bats struggled rather heavily in two losses last week to St. Joe’s and Cornell. Against St. Joe’s, the Red and Blue notched only six hits in 13 innings and could not get any clutch contributions. In the first contest of the weekend against Cornell, the Penn bats failed to produce a run for the first time in conference play and scraped together a mere five hits.

USciences on the road: This season has been a struggle for the 5-25 Devils, especially on the road. USciences is 0-6 when it visits opponents and has been outscored 43-10 in those contests. Things won’t get any easier for the Devils when they face the Quakers at Meiklejohn on Wednesday looking for their first road win.

Julian Harrell and Henry Brooks leaving Penn basketball

Check out thedp.com for a more breakdown of all the changes to Penn basketball, but here is Julian Harrell's instagram post from today. It is a letter from Penn Athletic Compliance saying that Harrell is allowed to leave the program.Harrell