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.

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.

Weekend Wrap: Volleyball shocks Princeton on the road and more

We all know you've had ample football coverage this weekend, but what about the members of the Red and Blue playing at venues other than the Yale Bowl? For recaps of Penn's other squads, look no further than this week's edition of "Weekend Wrap."

The volleyball team began the second half of its conference schedule with a dramatic victory over Princeton on the road, battling back from two sets down to win, 3-2. While Penn (10-9, 5-3 Ivy) will need the Tigers and the Bulldogs to lose some matches to give it a chance at an Ivy title, this weekend’s performance could be a major turning point for this relatively young squad.

Men's Soccer
Playing on the road, the Quakers’ struggles continued, and the team lost to a lackluster Yale squad, 2-1. Without an Ivy win to its name, this Red and Blue team is hard pressed to find a silver lining to this season’s performance. That said, Penn (2-11, 0-4) could make some noise in the Ivy League by upsetting first-place Brown next weekend.

Women's Soccer
Though this team has walked on a knife’s edge at times this season, the Penn women’s soccer squad has a legitimate shot at an Ivy title, and the team made progress toward that goal by defeating Yale, 2-0, in New Haven. It was just the third road victory for the Quakers (8-5-1, 4-1) against the Bulldogs in program history, and the first time in four games that the Red and Blue have put up multiple goals in a game. These are auspicious signs for the team as it enters its final two matches of the season, including a hotly anticipated showdown with league-leading Princeton on Nov. 3.

Field Hockey
A 3-2 victory on the road over Yale keeps Penn field hockey on pace to improve upon last year’s 2-5 Ivy League record, not to mention out of last place. The game ball (is that a thing in field hockey?) undoubtedly goes to junior captain Julie Tahan, who assisted two scores before adding the game-winner herself. The following day, the Quakers (7-7, 2-3) dropped a contest against Fairfield, 4-2. While coaches and players will give you a line about why momentum’s important, the fact of the matter is that the Ivy slate is what counts, so if you’re going to split for the weekend, the Red and Blue did it right.

Mid-Monday Mix: Use your head

A new year and a new feature on the Buzz: I'm calling it Mid-Monday Mix. Every Monday, sometime in the early afternoon and barring any additional hurricanes, I'll bring you a mix of notes and notables from the weekend that was:

Rundown: I took in parts of both the men's and women's soccer games at Rhodes last night. Both teams put on a show for a pretty sizable crowd, by Rhodes standards.

  • Women's soccer opened their season with two clean sheets for the first time since 1998, winning 3-0 over UMBC Friday and 2-0 over Delaware Sunday night. Both goals last night were of the cranial variety, coming off the heads of seniors Ursula Lopez-Palm and Marin McDermott.
  • The men also remained undefeated, notching a 5-1 rout of St. Joe's earlier in the evening. They beat La Salle 2-0 on Friday as well. Freshman Duke Lacroix took home Ivy Rookie of the Week honors with two goals Sunday night. He also takes home Name of the Week honors for having an awesome name.
  • Volleyball hosted their annual Big 5 tournament, posting wins against Temple and La Salle, but ultimately fell to Villanova, 3-1. They did the same thing last year, lasting an extra set against the Wildcats.
  • Field Hockey kicked off it's second season under coach Colleen Quinn Fink, looking to shake off a disastrous 2010. The opening to 2011 didn't look too good either: a 7-0 loss to American.
  • Football season is 12 days away. The Quakers apparently had a brief respite from their two-a-days, getting to relax in the pool with some free swim this weekend.

Weekend win: The honor for this weekend's win goes to M. Soccer coach Rudy Fuller, who posted his 100th career 'W' for Penn soccer with a 2-0 shutout of La Salle. Fuller is starting his 14th year with Penn.

Multimedia: Check out the aforementioned goals off the heads of Lopez-Palm and McDermott:

Extra, Extra: Here's a picture of an adorable dog reading The DP, courtesy of our managing editor Unnati Dass. You should do the same. We resume normal production Wednesday when classes begin!


Penn soccer makes pre-season rankings [Updated]

Penn men's soccer is one of five teams kicking off the fall season on Sept. 2, and with a little under a month to go, the team is getting some good press.

  • The Quakers were ranked No. 23 in Goal.com's preseason rankings, the only Ivy to appear in the 25-team list. The site's blurb notes that Penn returns four first- or second-team All-Ivy players, as well as top scorer, sophomore Stephen Baker.
  • Two players from coach Rudy Fuller's side were listed in topdrawersoccer.com's top 100 professional prospects. Back Jake Levin was ranked No. 24, after he anchored a defense that was second in conference in goals allowed, goals against avg. and shutouts. Penn also tied for 17th nationally in shutout percentage. Dynamic midfielder Christian Barreiro cracked the top 50 at No. 49. Barreiro had five goals and a team-high seven assists last year. Three other Ivy Leaguers made the list, though Penn was the only team to have two players picked.
  • Former Penn standout keeper Danny Cepero was named an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cepero will forever be known as the first keeper in MLS history to score a goal, finding the net from 81 yards out on a goal kick. Since leaving Penn in 2007, he spent three years in the New York Red Bulls organization. FGCU is ranked No. 14 in the aforementioned goal.com list.

Penn will play La Salle in their opener, looking to follow-up on last year's success, when the Quakers took advantage of an at-large NCAA tournament bid, beating Bucknell at Rhodes Field before losing to ACC powerhouse Maryland in the second round.

Update: It was also announced Monday that the defending Ivy League champion Penn women's soccer team will be playing a game at PPL park this season. The stadium in Chester, home of MLS' Philadelphia Union, will play host to Penn and Villanova on Sept. 9.

"This is a great opportunity for both programs to showcase ourselves to the local soccer communities," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose in a statement. "We appreciate being given this chance with Villanova, and are grateful to the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park for making this happen. We are really looking forward to the game."

Penn is 1-11-1 against 'Nova, but the one win was last season, a 3-0 shutout by the Quakers.

(Athlete) seniors for the Penn Fund

Seniors from all walks of campus are helping spread the word about the senior drive for donations for the Penn Fund — including athletes. In this latest video from S4TPF, there's a cameo from senior M. soccer goalie Ben Berg — turns out his acting is almost as good as his goal keeping. If you remember, Berg didn't allow a goal for just under 550 consecutive minutes in his senior campaign, second best in program history. See the video (with the Quaker) below:

(H/T to Under the Button)

Penn soccer’s golden age?

It's no doubt that after an Ivy title and two postseason appearances in the last three years, Penn men's soccer is hitting it's stride, but could the Quakers be in or heading towards a golden era for the program?

Dave Zeitlin, a former DP Sportswriter and current producer of the Penn Gazette Sports Blog, wrote today on that topic. And coach Rudy Fuller seems to think that with the World Cup last summer, the arrival of MLS' Philadelphia Union and the Quakers success, the program will be getting even better.

“In a few months, we’re going to announce a recruiting class that certainly ranks up there with the best in the country,” he told the Gazette.

It's a compelling story, so check it out if you have a minute.

Rudy Fuller men’s soccer post game

Here's the postgame presser from the Penn men's soccer 4-0 loss to Maryland in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Liveblog: Men’s soccer NCAA round two, Penn at Maryland

Live from College Park, Md., Penn men's soccer takes on No. 2 seed Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament. After downing Bucknell at home on Thursday, the Quakers will need to massive upset against the ACC titan Terps if they want to extend their season.

Follow along with the game below, or Click Here

This week on 33rd Street

There's no way this can follow the fact that Miles Cartwright needs gummy bears before every game, but here's the second edition of This Week on 33rd Street. If sports editors sitting at a table doesn't get you excited for the Penn sports weekend ahead, I don't know what will.

We'll be liveblogging much of the action this weekend, so be sure to check back on The Buzz for updates and commentary. Here's our schedule:
Football at Cornell - Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
M. Hoops vs. Drexel - Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
M. Soccer at Maryland (NCAA round 2) - Sunday 5:00 p.m.

Tailgate at the Tourney

In addition to mens soccer coach Rudy Fullers letter to the Red and Blue Crew, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has also organized a pregame tailgate for tonights NCAA matchup against Bucknell at Rhodes Field.

Tonights tailgate will begin at 5:30 and run similarly to the Penn Athletics football tailgates. SAAC will provide 100 burgers, 60 hot dogs, soda and water, according to Wharton student and SAAC representative Jim Foreman. Grills will be provided, and the same red-cup policy as the football tailgates is in effect.

With the re-opening of the South Street Bridge, access to Rhodes Field and the tailgate location (parking lot nearby) is easier than ever.