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.
Matched up against Columbia, the Penn women's lacrosse team did what it does best: defeat the Lions. For the 17th consecutive meeting, the Quakers defeated Columbia, 13-8. Penn was led by a trio of hat-tricks from senior attack Caroline Bunting, junior midfield Shannon Mangini and junior attack Courtney Tomchik. The Red and Blue moved to 4-0 in the Ancient Eight with the victory.
Following a 17-2 embarrassment against Monmouth earlier last week, the Penn softball team was in desperate need of a gut-check against two tough Ivy opponents this weekend. Luckily, they got exactly what they needed. The Quakers swept Yale in two games on Saturday by a combined score of 16-0. In Providence, R.I., the next day, two more solid victories completed the successful weekend for Penn.
In its first Ivy League doubleheader of the season, the Penn women's tennis team split matches with Brown and Yale over the weekend. Despite several close contests, the Quakers eked out a 4-3 victory over the Bears at Levy Pavilion on Friday. On Saturday, No. 41 Yale visited Philadelphia, and defeated Penn, 5-2. The Red and Blue were led by sophomore Alex Ion, who won both of her singles matches this weekend.
Led by junior Zack Losco and sophomore attack Isaac Bock, the Penn men's lacrosse team throttled Brown over the weekend, 10-3. Losco had four points on two goals and two assists for the Quakers, while Bock managed to pull off a hat-trick. The win snapped the Red and Blue's two game losing streak overall, as well as a four game losing streak to the Bears.
Track & Field:
The Penn track team joined forces with the track team from Cornell over the weekend in the schools' customary biennial meet. Paired together, the two Ivy schools took on a squad made up of athletes from Oxford and Cambridge. Penn helped the Ivy squad finish with 15 event victories on the men's side, and 14 event victories on the men's side. Gabrielle Piper captured first place in the 100-meter hurdles for the Quakers.
The Penn men’s golf team took sixth place in the Yale Spring Invitational Saturday at The Course at Yale, shooting 298-302—600 over 36 holes.
Men's heavyweight rowing:
Senior rower Mitch Stein gave us an inside perspective on Penn men's heavyweight rowing's San Diego Crew Classic experience this weekend: