Weekend Wrap: On the road at Princeton

While football may have had the most dramatic finish in Princeton over the weekend, it was not the only Penn squad to take on the Tigers. Check Weekend Wrap for a review of the Quakers' performances in other arenas, including a few squads that finished their seasons against Princeton.

Field Hockey
Even in a strong year for Penn field hockey, the Red and Blue were not likely to fair well against No. 2 Princeton. The Tigers outscored their Ivy opponents 45-1 on the year and recorded six league wins by a margin of five goals or more. With this in mind, Quakers’ 7-0 defeat should not come as a surprise to anyone. Princeton’s victory secured its eighth consecutive league title.

That said, Penn (9-8, 3-4 Ivy) can certainly celebrate finishing above .500 for the first time since 2006 — one of several indications that this program is on the rise.

Men's Soccer
Despite holding off the Tigers for the first half an hour of play, the Penn men’s soccer team collapsed once again in a 3-0 loss at Princeton. With a last-place finish on the horizon, the Quakers (2-13, 0-6 Ivy) should start the rebuilding process now and start thinking about how the team can change its fortunes for next season.

Women's Soccer
As Penn women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose put it, “Speed kills.” The Quakers found this out in a big way this weekend against Princeton, as they fell to the Tigers, 4-2, on the road. Princeton’s Jen Hoy demonstrated why she deserves the Ivy League Player of the Year award, using her speed to create breakaways on multiple occasions, despite double and triple-teams by Penn’s defense. When the Quakers swarmed her, Hoy fed to Lauren Lazo, who recorded a hat trick on the evening.

To their credit, the Red and Blue (9-6-1, 5-2 Ivy) did not go down without a fight. Late in the second half, Clara Midgley added two goals in nine minutes to make the game 3-2. However, the Tigers ultimately added one more score and walked away with a win as well as the league championship.

Volleyball
With Yale steamrolling the Ivy standings, it’s a race to second place for Penn volleyball. Despite knotting the match at 1-1 at one point, the squad failed to slow down the Bulldogs (16-5, 12-0 Ivy) and lost by a final of 3-1 Friday night at the Palestra. However, the Quakers (13-10, 8-4) turned around Saturday to defeat Brown, 3-1, on Senior Night. The Red and Blue currently sit at third in the Ivy League behind Yale and Princeton (12-10, 9-3) with two matches remaining.

Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 31, 2004

Penn field hockey shuts out Brown, 2-0
October 31, 2004

04-05 senior Liz Lorelli (via Penn Athletics)

For the last time in recent history, Penn field hockey won the Ivy League title. Well, they ended up sharing it with Harvard.

Though the title was clinched a week later in a win over Princeton, a shutout of Brown on Halloween of 2004 was key in getting the Quakers the championship.

The 2-0 win was their sixth shutout in a row (a school record), their eighth shutout of the season and their seventh win in a row.

The mediocre Bears, who came into the game 5-9 overall, 2-4 in Ivy play, were unable to keep up with this Quakers team.

Penn scored a goal in each half and allowed only one shot on goal, which did not find the back of the cage. The Red and Blue had eight shot attempts that game.

The two goals came from seniors Liz Lorelli — a first-team All-Ivy selection in her junior and senior campaigns — and Jessica Kaylor.

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Field hockey adds gold to uniforms Sunday

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This weekend, the Penn field hockey team will be fighting two battles.

If you head to Franklin Field this Sunday at noon, you’ll see the Quakers sporting gold on their uniforms as they take on Brown. The Quakers are raising awareness for osteogenic sarcoma, a high-grade type of bone cancer, and honoring ex-captain Kate Gray, who is recovering since being diagnosed with the disease — read her letter about her fight here.

Gray graduated from the nursing school in 2005 and captained Penn's last Ivy League championship team in 2004.

If you show up, you can also help the Red and Blue’s cause by donating money to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for sarcoma research.