While most of Penn's campus engaged in activities relating to Fling, some of the school's spring athletes were not as fortunate over the weekend. With the Ivy League season in full swing for most sports this time of year, this weekend included a number of contentious matchups, including several against ranked opponents. For recaps of all of the action from the past few days, here's this week's edition of Weekend Wrap:
Entering its first division action of the conference season, the Penn baseball team looked to get off to a good start against arch-rival Princeton. The Quakers, however, gave up seven runs to the Tigers in each of the four weekend contests. Although Penn salvaged a split of Saturday's games, Princeton swept Sunday's doubleheader.
Despite starting the Ivy League season 0-3, the Penn men's tennis team returned to Philadelphia this weekend after a five-game road trip. Against No. 70 Dartmouth on Saturday, freshman Blaine Willenborg saved the Quakers by winning his singles match in three sets to give Penn the 4-3 victory. On Sunday, the Red and Blue dropped a heartbreaker to No. 19 Harvard, 4-3.
As spring finally approaches, several of Penn teams were out in full force over the weekend against some of the best competition the Ivy League, and in one case Great Britain, has to offer. From softball sweeps to tennis defeats, and everything in between, here is this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap:
After falling in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic on Tuesday, the Red and Blue hit the diamond over the weekend in back-to-back conference doubleheaders. The Quakers split two games against Brown on Saturday, falling 9-0 in the opener before capturing the nightcap, 9-5. On Sunday, Penn was guided by strong pitching performances against Yale. The Quakers took the opener, 5-1, before losing the final game of the weekend in a pitchers dual, 1-0.
The Penn men's tennis team saw its road struggles persist over the weekend in the team's first back-to-back Ivy League action of the spring. On Saturday, the Quakers fell to Brown, 5-2. Sophomore Vim De Alwis and freshman Blaine Willenborg were the only two players to win singles matches. The following day, Penn fell to No. 54 Yale, 7-0. The Red and Blue are now 0-8 on the road, and 0-3 in Ivy play.
Several Penn sports teams and athletes had opportunities to capture season-defining victories over the weekend. It's not every weekend that the Quakers take on a No. 1 ranked team, or that a freshman swimmer competes at the NCAA Championships. Those settings, combined with Ivy League openers for both the men's and women's tennis teams, as well as the baseball and softball squads, allowed for the Red and Blue to be well-represented this weekend. For coverage of these matchups and more, here's this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap:
Baseball: After a competitive non-conference schedule, the Penn baseball team kicked off its Ivy League season with a doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games ended in 3-2 victories for the Quakers. On Sunday, the Red and Blue went up against Harvard, capturing the day's first game, 4-1, before the second game was eventually postponed due to rain. After play resumed Monday, the Crimson struck for three runs in the ninth, and handed Penn its first Ivy loss of 2013.
Men's Tennis: Kicking off Ivy League play on Saturday, the Penn men's tennis team fell to Princeton for the sixth straight season, 4-3. Although the matchup was tight throughout, the early loss of the doubles point ended up dooming the Quakers. After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead, the teams split all six singles matches, giving Princeton enough points to caputre the victory.
With the spring sports season in full swing, various Penn teams spent their weekends preparing for the beginning of the conference season, jockeying for position in the Ivy League and even participating in Championship events. As the calendar gets ready to flip to April, the Red and Blue are looking to make moves that will define their seasons. Here now is this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap.
Men's Tennis: The Penn men's tennis team secured its first road victory of the season on Saturday. Against St. John's, the Quakers captured the doubles point early on, and rode the momentum to a 5-2 victory. With their non-conference schedule complete, the Red and Blue now turn their attention to their Ivy League opener on Saturday.
Track and Field: In Penn's first outdoor meet of the season, the Quakers notched several victories in the 2013 Philadelphia College Classic. Most notably, freshman Sam Mattis broke Penn's discus record on his first collegiate attempt. Additionally, the women's field squad performed well, as junior Morgan Wheeler moved up to third place in Penn history in the javelin throw after a 45.72 meter attempt.
Women's Lacrosse: Hosting Ivy League rival Cornell, the No. 16 Penn women's lacrosse team was able to survive a late scare from the Big Red, and won, 12-11, in overtime. After the Quakers built a 10-3 halftime lead, Cornell charged back. The Big Red knotted the score at 11 with 1:22 to play in regulation, but junior Shannon Mangini's goal in the extra period saved the Red and Blue.
Now that the Penn men's and women's basketball seasons have ended, it's time to turn our attention to the progress of other teams sporting the Red and Blue. With the baseball, softball and tennis teams in action, among others, it was a busy weekend for the Quakers. For coverage of those teams and more, here is this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap:
After completing a slate of five matchups over spring break, the Penn men's team was back in action on Saturday. The Quakers went up against No. 26 Virginia Commonwealth, and ultimately fell, 7-0. It was a rough day for every member of the team, as the Red and Blue failed to capture any of the three doubles matches, and dropped every set in singles matches.
While the Penn football team may not be seeing any action beyond spring practices anytime soon, it's been a busy few months for three senior players. Brandon Copeland, Scott Lopano and Joe Bonadies participated in Villanova's NFL pro day on Monday after weeks of preparation.
As Penn students return to campus after a much-needed Spring Break, let's take some time to reflect on what our Quakers were up to over the past 10 days. From men's swimming at the Ivy League Championships to baseball down South, the Red and Blue certainly were well traveled this vacation. With recaps, analysis and more, here is this week's delightfully lengthy edition of Weekend Wrap:
The Penn women's tennis team was one of several squads to hit the road over break. Led by sophomore Alex Ion, as well as sophomore Sol Eskenazi and freshman Sonya Latycheva, the Quakers went 3-for-3 on their Florida road trip. Penn captured victories over James Madison, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.
Penn's wrestling team competed at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships over break, finishing third among all schools. The third-place finish was due in large part to senior Micah Burak, who finally captured his first EIWA title.
Would you look at that? The Penn women's basketball team continues to find ways to score key Ivy League victories. Don't look now, but after this weekend, the Quakers are five games over .500 and 7-2 in the Ancient Eight. But the Lady Quakers weren't the only Penn team to find success this weekend. With coverage of the men's lacrosse team's season opener, a dominant wrestling performance and the men's fencing team's matchups, here is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
Entering their matchup with the No. 14 Duke Blue Devils, the Quakers had yet to face an opponent this season, and looked to kick off the 2013 campaign with an upset victory. The team did just that, storming by the Blue Devils in the second-half to capture a 14-9 win at Franklin Field on Saturday. Penn trailed 7-6 at the half, but followed Duke's early second-half goal with four consecutive scores to clinch the lead for good. Senior attacker Tim Schwalje led the Red and Blue, notching three goals and four assists for the Quakers.
The Penn men's wrestling team captured two important wins over the weekend against Ivy League foe Princeton and local rival Drexel. The team victories, led by senior captain Troy Hernandez, pushed the No. 23 Quakers' record to 10-3 overall this season. After dominating the Tigers, 31-8, on Saturday, Penn followed up its performance with a shutout of Drexel on Sunday. The Quakers secured all ten bouts against the Dragons, and won the match, 37-0.
The women's basketball team wasn't the only Penn team to find success this weekend, as the wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and track and field teams also were in action. For a look back at the wrestling team's win against Columbia, the tennis teams victories over Stony Brook, and the gymnastics team's outstanding performance, among other matchups from the past weekend, here is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The No. 23 Quakers secured a decisive victory over Ivy League rival Columbia over the weekend due in large part to strong production from its light and heavy weights. Penn kicked off the meet with a hot start, as No. 20 Mark Rappo, No. 11 C.J. Cobb and sophomore Jeff Canfora secured wins in their respective bouts. After dropping a few matchups in the middle weights, the Red and Blue captured their final three bouts, securing the victory for the Quakers.
The Penn gymnastics squad posted the fourth-highest team score in program history on Sunday, but came up just short against Bridgeport. The Quakers, whose 193.975 team score was the highest of the season, were led by seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec, along with freshman Elyse Shenberger. Although the team fell 195.325-193.975, the Red and Blue turned in season highs in each event and look to carry their momentum into the Ivy Classic next week.
With several teams out on the road this weekend, the Quakers were fortunate to make it through the blizzard up in the Northeast and return safely to campus. Three Penn teams scored significant victories this weekend, with the women's squash, gymnastics and wrestling teams dominating their opponents. Here now is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The Penn wrestling team picked up its first two Ivy League victories of this season by winning 17 of 20 total matches against Harvard and Brown. The Quakers were able to avenge last year's loss to Harvard due in large part to strong performances from junior Canaan Bethea, sophomore Ian Korb and No. 20 Mark Rappo. After dropping two matches to the Crimson in the victory, Penn fell one victory shy of a clean sweep of Brown later in the afternoon. The Quakers controled the matchup from start to finish, and won, 35-4.
The season ended on a sour note for the Penn men's squash team. The squad dropped both of its matches this weekend, first to No. 11 Columbia on Friday, 5-4, and then on Sunday to No. 5 Cornell, 7-2. The Quakers completed the regular season having lost eight of their final nine games. While the matchup against Columbia was tied at 4 wins a piece, Penn junior John Dudzik dropped his match against Columbia’s Tony Zou to give the Lions the 'W'. On Sunday, the Big Red dominated the Quakers, with only junior Daniel Judd (8-5, 4-3) and sophomore Jack Maine (7-7, 3-4) scoring victories for Penn.
It was a busy weekend for the Quakers as nine teams were in action, and that doesn't even include four combined games for the men's and women's basketball squads. The Red and Blue came up big this weekend, scoring important victories in women's squash, men's tennis and both men's and women's swimming, among others. For coverage of this weekend and more, here's this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The weekend provided the No. 3 ranked Quakers with a variety of stern road tests that would either make or break the team's season. Coming off a 9-0 defeat to No. 1 Princeton on Wednesday, the Quakers defeated No. 9 Brown and No. 7 Stanford on Saturday. On Sunday, Penn completed a sweep of the weekend with a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Yale. It was a Super Squash Sweep for the ladies who now sit at 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League.