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  • Top 5 Penn basketball plays of the week: Harvard and Dartmouth edition

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    It was an up-and-down weekend across the Penn basketball world. While the men were swept by Dartmouth and Harvard in a disappointing road trip, the women pushed their Ivy League winning streak to seven games by locking down the Palestra in two dominant wins. Here are the plays that made our top five.

    Penn women’s basketball came out of the gate firing in its win over the Crimson on Saturdayn his work goes underappreciated.He told the Brighton website, "I think it is more of an up-and-down position than anywhere else on the pitch, for the reasons I've mentioned."If you look at someone like Mo Salah at Liverpool, he has been unbelievable. The Quakers opened the game on a 12-0 run. Setting the tone for this early momentum was senior guard Kendall Grasela, who took a fast break layup all the way to the hoop using a Euro step to get around the Harvard defender.&mdashJesus to Real Madrid.The 17 year-old attacker, according to Madrid press, is joining Real this month for an initial fee of €30m.However, Jorge Jesus has rubbished the claims given the price mentioned.He declared, “Reinier cannot be sold for €30; Penn WBB (@PennWBB)

    Later on in the Quakers early run against Harvard, with the team leading 17-4, junior center Eleah Parker found herself at the top of the key. Typically known for her skills in the paint, Parker pruca Vialli is delighted to be getting involved with Stevenage Borough.Through Tifosy, where Vialli is a director, the Italian is now working with the League Two outfit."At my age today, my excitement comes from the possibility of investing in a club oved that she could also facilitate. The center fired a nifty bounce pass through traffic to a cutting Phoebe Sterba who finished in the lane.

    While men’s basketball looked out of sorts all game in its loss to Dartmouth, the Red and Blue went on an early 11-4 run to spoil Dartmouth’s early lead. Capping this early comeback effort was the effort of senior point guard Devon Goodman, who took the ball away from Dartmouth to launch a fast break and slam it home.

    After disappointing on Friday, the Quakers were able to hang with Harvard for much of Saturday’s contest, even taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. One of the key plays in building this first half momentum occurred with just over four minutes to go in the half. After an AJ Brodeur screen knocked down the Harvard defender, freshman Jordan Dingle pulled up from the three point range. Despite getting knocked over, the freshman was able to connect on his deep ball setting up a four point play.

    It was an all around stellar weekend for Eleah Parker, who tallied back to back double-doubles en route to winning Big 5 player of the week. Parker’s strong performance was not just a result of her offensive ability, as the center also chipped in on the defensive end, tallying four blocks across the two games. Parker’s best rejection of the weekend came in the second game versus Dartmouth, where the junior's block sent the ball flying into the first few rows of the stands.

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  • Meet the 33 newcomers introduced as Penn football's 2019 recruiting class

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    up final against Flamengo.The Dutchman missed the semi-final win over Monterrey, causing Jordan Henderson to fill in at centre-back.Manager Jurgen Klopp said: "It was an easy decision actually because he couldn't train."Yes, he was yesterday on the [

    As Penn football bids adieu to its senior class, there will be a new set of incoming freshmen in the class of 2023 to fill its place.

    The Red and Blue will welcome 33 new players to the team this August. Overall, th refused to rule out a return to Newcastle United.With the Magpies having a vacancy in the managerial position after the departure of Rafa Benitez, Barton has been linked to the role.He is currently at Fleetwood Town, where he helped them to 11th plae split between offensive and defensive players is almost even, with 18 defensive players and 14 offensive players. There will be one punter joining the team.

    The most represented positional groups are the linebackers and defensive linemen with seven newcomers each.

    The 33 new players represent 16 states, with four each coming from , Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    Four of the new Quakers have a familial connection to Penn football through their fathers who played for the Red and Blue a generation ago. One, local Ben Gerber, who hails from the Haverford School, is the third generation of Penn football players in his family. Gerber, who is also the lone quarterback in the class, will follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps.

    Two of the new recruits, punter Ben Krimm and linebacker/lineman Ryan Mannelly, both have a family member who played in the NFL.

    Three of the 33 will be playing with a former high school teammate. Defensive lineman Grant Ristoff will be playing with five other players from his high school, JSerra Catholic in California.

    The class of 2023 brings leadership experience to Penn, as 28 of the 33 players served as team captains for their respective high school teams.

    “I think having to hold yourself to a high standard helped prepare me. College is more difficult than high school, so having to be held to a really high standard at high school will help me get more used to the high standards at college,” defensive back Miles Thompson said.

    While coach Ray Priore and the Quakersar Solskjaer as manager.Despite United's torrid end to the campaign, Nani believes Solskjaer can guide the club back to glory.The Orlando City ace, who spent eight years at Old Trafford, said: “He's been there in the past.He told Omnisport: "Obviou have plenty to advertise to new recruits, at least one member of the class of 2023 was sold by the family culture.

    “The moment I realized that Penn was the place that I wanted to be, I was on a game day visit. I went down to the field after one of the games to shake the hand of one of the coaches, and I remember seeing one of the coaches go up and give a hug to one of the moms of [a] player. I remember seeing that and being like 'it’s a family.' It is a lot different than a lot of other places I’ve been to. And that is something that I want to be a part of,” offensive lineman JC Dobis said.

    One of Penn’s new players is from another institution. Wide receiver Owen Goldsberry will be arriving in Philadelphia after spending the 2018 season on the Michigan Wolverines scout team.

    Priore will look to fill the large gap left by the graduation of offensive lineman . Five new offensive lineman — the most of any offensive position group — will join the competition for the position in the fall.

    “I think everyone’s goal coming in is playing, contributing as much as possible, so that’s obviously something that I want to do," Dobis said. "It is something that I have been working for since my senior high school season ended. Just being able to compete so that is the goal.”

    This class of 2023 is setting its goals very high, and the Red and Blue will look get the most out of their new players. The Quakers will hope to rebound from last season and bring home their third Ivy League championship in the Ray Priore era.

    “[One of the] team goals is to win the Ivy League Championship because I have heard that Penn has a winning tradition in the Ivy League, and it would be great to carry on that tradition. Personally, for me, [my goal is to be] working my hardest and doing whatever I can to help out the team,” outside linebacker Jake Gonzalez said.

    These incoming freshmen are ready for August. Football season can’t come soon enough.

    “I am super excited to get up there and get to work, get on campus and become a part of the culture,” Dobis said.

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  • As college football attendance drops nationwide, Penn gets creative to keep fans coming

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    It's never exciting to play at home in front of an empty stadium.

    Overall, college football has seen a steady decline in game attendance, and Penn is all too familiar with this issue.

    For the seventh time in eight yummer's departure.After helping the Blues win the Europa League in May, the influential playmaker made a £150million switch to the Bernabeu just a few days later.Hazard said, "When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had ears, national college football attendance has fallen. While 41,856 seems like a large number, this marks an all-time low since 1996 for average college football attendance among all 129 FBS programs last season.

    “Traditionally, we see spikes in student attendance for the first game of the season — a game that coincides with Family Weekend — and Homecoming," said Mike Honeywell, Penn's director of ticket sales & service. "Overall, attendance is traditionally higher in years where Princeton travels to Franklin Field."

    During the 2018 season, the Red and Blue only surpassed the 10,000-fan mark twice. These were games against and , which had 10,126 and 13,224 fans, respectively.

    For the rivalry game, only 7,756 people filed into the stands. This marks a stark decline from 2017's Penn-Princeton game, where 9,073 fans attended.

    While Penn placed second in the Ivy League — behind only Harvard — at an average of 7,768 people per home game, the national champion Clemson Tigers averaged a whopping 80,400 people per home game at Death Valley.

    In 2016 — the last time Penn football won a title — the average home game attendance was 5,560 people per game, which marked the third lowest weekly attendance in the Ancient Eight. Even in a year, when the Quakers were able to win a title, they still struggled to fill the stadium.

    This could be due in part to Ivy League rules, which stipulate that teams can only play 10 games each season. Clemson and Alabama each played 150% of the games Penn did last season. While was initiated to lower the risk of concussions, it also leaves fans fewer opportunities to make it out to games.

    In 2009, the Red and Blue averaged 10,600 people per game, which placed them third among Ivies behind Harvard and Yale. The title-winning Alabama Crimson Tide averaged 92,012 people per game that same year.

    During the rivalry game of Penn-Princeton in 2009, 14,027 fans showed up to Franklin Field —a sharp increase from recent years.

    In the last decade, Penn football has seen a drop of about 3,000 fans per game. While the average for the Red and Blue in 2009 was about 10,000 fans per game, they only surpassed that number twice last season.

    Another issue for the Quakers and the Ivy League is the lack of postseason play. The Ivy League has a rule in place that doesn’t allow for college playoffs, so an Ivy League squad's season finishes with the end of the regular season.

    Without a higher goal than the League title to play for, it may be harder to draw a large crowd, especially for teams who are eliminated early from contention. It's tough for the casual fan with no tie to the University to be interested in the Quakers with no chance of seeing the team compete beyond Thanksgiving.

    One way the football program is testing attendance levels is by experimenting with different start times for the games.

    “Over the past two seasons, we have also taken a deeper look into how kickoff times impact our attendance numbers," Honeywell said. “Our data shows that Penn footbalnter Milan boss Antonio Conte insists he's not panicking over their slow market.Conte is upset over Inter's failure to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko or Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku.But he says, “I didn't have to be reassured.“The President, dl games draw better at two times in particular: Friday nights and Saturdays at 1 p.m. With this in mind, our kickoff times this season are all set for either 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, with the exception of the Dartmouth game on Friday night."

    Additionally, this trend is somewhat due to the rise of sports media. While attendance at games has been down, television ratings are stronger than ever; many fans don’t see the benefit of going to a game when they could watch it from the comfort of their own home.

    Another issue for the Red and Blue is the lack of fans showing up to multiple games in a season. The football program is trying out new programs this season like multi-game ticket packages in order to entice fans to show up to games.

    “Historical data has shown that we have a number of fans that attend multiple football games [but] do not buy season tickets," Honeywell said. “With this in mind, we created the Red [and] Blue package, an option which bundles the Sacred Heart and Cornell games together at a discounted rate. This allows our fans to attend both Homecoming and one additional game at a more affordable rate, which should hopefully boost attendance for bnzema back to the club.Juninho wants Benzema to end his career back with his former club.He explained, "My wish is to propose to Karim to finish his career in Lyon. "He is from here, he feels from here. Why not make an economic effort between both paoth games."

    Even though nationwide college football attendance is dropping, Penn is determined to find innovative ways to draw fans to Franklin Field.

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  • What to take away from Friday's dominant win by Penn women's basketball over Brown

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    There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but with four Ivy League games in the books, the Quakers are doing exactly what’s expected of them.

    Penn women's basketball put together a dominating performance with a that has now dropped four consecutive contests. Here are some takeaways from Friday night’s matchup as the Quakers look on toward an Ivy League slate that figures to be much more demanding.

    The first thing that jumped out about Penn’s showing against Brown was its defense. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue started the second quarter aggressively; they forced only five turnovers after making the Bears give the ball up eight times in the first ten minutes of play, but the Red and Blue limited Brown to just six points in the sec-old was excellent in Sunday's 4-3 win over Reading, bagging himself his first brace for the club.Reflecting on what he could contribute to the Blues this season, Mount said: "The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contributeond quarter. They went into halftime with a 23-point lead and from there, the margin only grew.

    “When you have a lead, [the other team] is making some changes at halftime,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. If they make a couple of shots coming out of the o Madrid fans.The defender will leave at the end of the season and addressed the home support after their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday."Thanks everyone for giving me this day that I'll never forget," Godin said as he addressed the crowd with a micgates and you give them life, then you have to chase your way back, but I thought that right out of the gates, we came out strong and opened up the game.”

    The Quakers gave up 43 points to a Brown team that averages more than 70 per game and didn’t allow a double-figure scorer. Their disruptive defense forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points on the other end. If there were a recipe for success throughout the grind of a college basketball season, this kind of suffocating defense would be the main ingredient.

    On top of its airtight defensive performance, Penn was able to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and Blue’s 83 points were good for their second-best scoring output of the season. Despite missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Quakers worked the ball inside the paint, where they outscored their opponents 18-4 in the quarter and 44-18 throughout the game.

    “I liked the shots we were getting” said McLaughlin. “I play this game where the basket gets bigger once the ball goes in and it gets smaller when it doesn’t, so it’s uets tried to be positive after defeat at Valencia on Saturday.Busquets says they still must adapt to coach Quique Setien's system."In the first half we lacked cutting edge and the best thing at half-time was the result," said the midfielder. "In thepart of the sport.”

    Penn added 19 second-chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Its presence on the glass kept the Bears on their heels and out of transition. Strong offense makes for easier defense, and vice versa.

    Flexibility on the offensive end and lockdown defense are hallmarks of winning teams. Thus far, the Quakers have left each of their Ivy League matchups, all of which have come against teams that have more losses than wins, victorious. The Red and Blue are spreading the wealth – four players were in double figures against Brown, while sophomore guard Katie Kinum and junior guard Phoebe Sterba each added nine points – and winning the games that they need to win.

    Of course, not all games will be against sub-.500 competition — Saturday night will feature a matchup against a hot Yale team that is in search of its first win against the Red and Blue since the 2016-17 season — but the Quakers have taken advantage of their opportunities against weaker teams to show that their position atop the Ivy League is deserved. It remains to be seen whether Penn can continue its all-around performances throughout rest the Ivy League schedule.

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  • February 5 | Is Stat So?

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    In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn gymnastics flirts with perfection on beam, wrestling manages a come-from-behind win, and women's basketball continues to impress offensively, while the men maintainaiming Sadio Mane is set to leave them.The Reds all-but confirmed American giants Nike would be their kit supplier from next season after they beat current suppliers New Balance at the High Court last Friday.The Daily Star reports Mane could switch b their unblemished Ivy record. for previous editions.

    Penn gymnastics' combral roleof Saturday's opponents Leicester City.Solskjaer talked up the Foxes' credentials while insisting that United can now not afford to fall behind Leicester, or other top-four rivals including Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal."Leicester is always a tough s.He said: "I'm not really too bothered about where I play as long as I'm out there but I am enjoying the deeper role."I'm fitting into that role quite well with this team and the players in front and behind me."For me to be in that position,ined score, out of a possible 50, on the beam at Cornell. The effort was Penn's highest in at least a decade, allowing the Quakers to the defending Ivy champions on the road.

    Years since Penn women's basketball had scored more points in an Ivy League game than the 88 it put upon . The Red and Blue have now won seven straight games.

    Free throw attempts by Penn men's basketball in its over Brown. Aside from 51 attempts in a four-overtime game at Monmouth, it was Penn's highest total of the season.

    Matches during which Penn wrestling led Harvard in its eventual 20-18 win over the Crimson. The Quakers trailed for the entire contest before junior heavyweight Tyler Hall's walk-off win put the score in Penn's favor.

    Undefeated teams left in Ivy League men's or women's basketball after the while Harvard was upset by Columbia. The Quakers are one of just 12 D-1 men's teams that are still undefeated in conference play.

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  • Men's golf struggles to 11th-place finish at Princeton Invitational

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    While most of the golf world was focused on the Masters this weekend, Penn men’s golf had some work to do elsewhere.

    The Quakers finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational, which is a 54 hole tournament at the par-71 Springdale Golf Club. Penn finished with a total team score of 897, or +45, placing them behind five Ivy opponents in Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell and Columbia, and two spots ahead of Brown.

    The overall result is a step back for the Red and Blue, who had already bested Cornell and Columbia in their last time out at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25 and 26.

    “I think in general we’re disappointed in our performance,” interim coach Mike Blodgett said. “I think we went out there and saw some of the teams that we consider equal competitors as us, kind of in the same category as us, and we saw our performance fall short of not just what we expected to do on the golf course but what we saw other teams were able to do out there.”

    On the first day, Penn combined for a total score of 596 for the first 36 holes, putting them in 10th place. But a high 301 in the last round on Sunday allowed St. Joe’s to leapfrog from 12th into 10th, pushing the Quakers back one spot.

    For Blodgett, there were several things that went wrong for his team this weekend. Most of them, however, circle back to the team not getting enough time for course practice. Due to the winter weather extending into March, the team could not get the usual amount of time outside, and was forced to adapt its practice style.

    “I think we’re still trying to get into spring golf shape. We haven’t had much opportunity to be outside, or practice the way that we like to this season. So I think every time we go on the golf course we’re just finding out a little bit more about our games and where we are at for the season.”

    The low scorer of the tournament for Penn was sophomore Josh Goldenberg, who shot a combined 222, tying him for 34th place at th tournament. GoldenbAston Villa are eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Villa are lining up a January move for Morelos after the way he has started this season.The striker already has 17 goals to his name.Villa boss Dean Smith sees Morelos as the ideal foil for Wesley.The Premier League boys are willing to offer £20m to tempt Gers to sell.erg was well situated after the first day, as he was tied for 15th overall with a 145. But a 77 in the final round hurt his final standing.

    Other notable performances from the Quakers included 225s from both junior Carter Thompson and sophomore Zareh Kaloustian, who played in his first match of the year over the weekend.

    With just one more tournament on the schedule before the Ivy Championship, there is a silver lining to this weekend’aptain Laurent Koscielny.Frenchman Koscielny is one of Arsenal's longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010.Foot Mercato says he is excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1. It is claimed that Lyon have begun talks with Koscielny s result. The poor play can allow the team to reflect on what areas of their game they need to improve upon and come out hungry to prove they are better than what they just showed.

    “We are going to use this weekend as a learning experience,” Blodgett said. “We had an opportunity to debrief on the van ride home and just discuss what we can improve on, getting ready for next week, and I expect my guys to come out with City attacker Marlos Moreno.The Colombia international, reports O Jogo, is a target for Portimonense.Moreno, 22, signed for City in 2016, though has never featured for the Premier League champions.While on City's books, he has spent time on-loan withfire in their eyes, ready to go next weekend.”

    While the result may not have been the outcome they wanted, not all is lost for Penn men’s golf, as there is still plenty of time to refine their game.

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  • Penn volleyball drops pair of five-set contests to Cornell, Columbia

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    Within 24 hours, Penn volleyball played 10 grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.

    “We played both matches really tough,” coach Kerry Carr said. “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”

    The Quakers’ campaign began at Newman Arena against the Big Red (6-8, 1-4 Ivy). The start seemed promising for Penn (7-10, 2-3); after holding a 12-point lead, a strong kill from junior Kendall Covington helped close out the first set, 25-17.

    In the second set, Cornell upped their game and the two teams exchanged the lead eight times. But Cornell was stronger in the closing moments, recording three successive kills to close out the set, 25-23. They continued their good play into the fourth set, overcoming a seven-point deficit to win, 25-21.

    Entering the fourth set, the Red and Blue faced a must-win situation. And, in a test of resiliency, Penn responded.

    “It never felt like we were losing even though we were behind,” sophomore outside hitter Courtney Quinn said. “We were like don’t even look at the score, let’s just play volleyball.”

    Jumping out to another seven-point lead, the Quakers controlled the fourth set. Sophomore Taylor Cooper slid the fourteenth kill of the set past the defensive line to close out a 25-17 set. The teams would play five.

    But Penn’s comeback fell short. Trudy Vande Berg’s squad quickly opened up a 6-1 lead in front of the home crowd. A 0.500 hitting percentage in the final set helped Cornell cement a 15-9 finish.

    Still, some of Carr’s players had a banner day. Quinn recorded a career high 22 kills and 19 digs, while junior Sydney Morton posted her own double-double, with 45 assists and 12 digs.

    “When you lose a five-set match, it’s all about staying positive,” Carr said. “That match can go either way.”

    Penn’s chance at redemption came the next day against a strong Columbia squad. From the outset it was another tight contest, as the two teams split the first two sets.

    In the third set, both teams had their opportunities. After trailing by six points early, Sydney Morton used creative dumps to help the Quakers draw even. As the closing moments arrived, Caroline Furrer recorded an ace to give her team a set point. And Penn converted, capping off a three-point run to win the third set, 25-23.

    Quinn commented on how common tight sets have become in the Ivy League.

    “It’s just what has become typical Ivy League play,” the Texas nepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona's first team and there are rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October."Right now, we don't have any plans for Ansu Fati becausative said. “All the teams are so even Neco Williams for his performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.Critchley says the right-back was one of the most "dangerous" players on the pitch during the 1-0 victory. "It was a brilliant bit of play [for the goal] but that's Neco," Critchthat it could really go either way each time.”

    Middle blockers Cooper and Covington did well to keep Columbia (9-6, 4-1) out of system, posting 11 and nine kills respectively.

    Unfortunately, this match wouldn’t go Penn’s way. The freshman pairing of Chichi Ikwuazom and Grace Campbell led a stronger middle attack for the Lions. After a comprehensive fourth set, Columbia pulled away in the decisive set, 15-11, committing only two errors.

    When asked, Carr praised her team’s versatility.

    “We can change our hitters around, we can change our passers around,” the 19th-year coach said. “That’s something that a young team has to get used to and I think we’re inches away from being able to do it consistently.”

    The Quakers will take two intense matches under their belt as they prepare fInter Milan whiz Sebastiano Esposito is happy with his progress this season.The 17-year-old has already made his Serie A debut and is happy where he is."I live for football and I have already achieved a lot of my dreams," Esposito told Gazzetta dello Sport. “(Antonio) Conte is impressive, he's an extraordinary coach.“Inter is a school for me, but also a family. You grow as a player, but also as a human being.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in."or a home series against Yale and Brown. Friday and Saturday’s matches at the Palestra highlight Penn volleyball’s Dig Pink Weekend. Fan donations will help raise proceeds to benefit breast cancer research.

    In Ivy League volleyball, the margins have become so small. Carr and her team will look for those extra inches to help things fall their way.

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  • Penn women's soccer drops Ivy opener to Harvard

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    If you're going to come at the queens, you best not miss.

    Unfortunately for Penn women's soccer, the squad allowed too many opportunities to its opponent on Saturday, conceding 25 shots en route to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of two-time defending Ivy LeaFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello is convinced by the potential of Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt missed victory over Cagliari amid claims of suffering an illness."They say so, but…," Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “We must give him time to understand the new system and the new mentality.“[Former hero Michel] Platini spent six months at Juventus."gue champion Harvard.

    The Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) had high hopes for their first Ancient Eight contest of the season. After last year's disappointing Ivy campaign, one that included a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Crimson at Rhodes Field, Penn looked at Saturday's contest as an opportunity to continue the momentum from a strong non-conference season.

    But things up in Cambridge, Mass., didn't go quite as planned.

    Without senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli for the fourth consecutive game, Penn was forced to rely upon junior Carrie Crook between the pipes. The latter did well in making nine saves, but Harvard's attack was relentless, outshooting the Quakers, 25-5.

    Despite the constant pressure from the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0), Penn's backline held on for the majority of the first half, even though the squad managed only oreleased by Leicester this summer.The forward, handed a contract at City after a chance meeting with the club's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has seen his deal expire alongside the likes of title-winners Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson.Lorne shot to Harvard's 11. But only 27 seconds before intermission, Brooke Dickens scored off a rebound, sending a ball into the upper half of the net to put the Crimson in front.

    "We might have lost focus on two set pieces and couldn't get the ball cleared, but outside of that, we played them pretty evenly," coach Nicogue 2Le Havre.The Ivory Coast international has been trialling with Le Havre after coming off contract at Swansea City.L'Equipe says Bony is training with Le Havre hopeful of impressing coach Paul Le Guen.Le Havre currently sit fifth in Ligue 2.Alongle Van Dyke said after the game. "It might not show up on the shot count, but overall we did a good job.

    "We didn't get the result, but there are plenty of soccer games left to be played."

    Shortly after halftime, Harvard made the Quakers pay once again, as Joan Fleischman scored off a cross from Haley Washburn to double the lead in the 59th minute.

    While Penn couldn't find the back of the net on its end, it did manage to hold Crimson junior Margaret Purce scoreless. The 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2014 first team All-Ivy selection notched seven shots, but could not repeat her two-goal performance from the teams' matchup last year.

    Although the Quakers dropped their conference opener for the third straight season, Van Dyke doesn't think there will be much of a hangover for the squad as it prepares for the remainder of its season.

    "I think, all in all, it's a good trip for us. Going into it, we knew we were playing against a tough opponent. They have experience playing at the NCAA Tournament level, and we tried to focus on having a good performance.

    "I think one thing we've tried to do this season is not put an emphasis on a particular school or game. And what we told the team after the game [on Saturday] is that this cannot define who we are. The journey is not a straight line, there are going to be hiccups, but hopefully we learn from it and can get back to our winning ways."

    The Red and Blue are next in action against Cornell on Friday at Rhodes Field.

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  • Men's soccer falls after Dartmouth's Lucky strike

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    Sometimes, in a close match, it pays to be Lucky.

    That’s likely how Dartmouth felt after beating the Penn men’s soccer team, 2-1, at Rhodes Field Saturday. Big Green striker Lucky Mkosana scored on a penalty kick awarded after a dubious call, and the Quakers never saw the light again.

    “I was in front of the guy when it happened,” said Penn captain Thomas Brandt, who was as surprised as the 439 fans in the stands when the foul was called.

    “[The referees] said he was tripped — it rarely gets called but was this time,” he added.

    Coach Rudy Fuller called it “a soft penalty.”

    The loss put the Quakers (6-5-2, 1-2 Ivy) at sixth in the Ivy League, but their coach still believes they can win the championship.

    “This is definitely a year where you can win with two losses,” he said.

    Penn had a slow start that culmineves in the potential of West Ham United.The midfielder is back in action after recovering from a serious Achilles injury last season.He told sport.ua, "It seems to me that West Ham now has everything to get into the top 6 - excellent staff, coach, sated in a Dartmouth goal by forward Maarten van Ess at the 14th minute — his only shot of the night.

    But Fuller’s team regrouped and tied the game, 1-1, five minutes later thanks to star midfielder Christian Barreiro’s sixth goal of the season. The strike came off a Penn corner that resulted in a wild sequence of play inside Big Green’s 18-yard box, including a series of blocked shots and changes of possession.

    It only took one minute, though, before the penalty kick was awarded to Mkosana, who leads the Ivy League with eight goals.

    At the time, with 70 minutes remaining in the game — 70 minutes that Penn dominated possession-wise — nothing seemed lost for the Quakers. Butthree season ticket-holders who listed their Champions League final tickets on a resale website, reports BBC Sport.Since 1994 it has been illegal for an unauthorised person to sell on tickets.Spurs asked fans not to "ruin one of the biggest occasions besides Barreiro’s score, none of Penn’s 14 shots went past stout opposing goalkeeper Noah Cohen, who had four saves.

    “I felt like we deserved more than one goal,” said Fuller, who was satisfied with his team’s performance despite the loss.

    “We moved [the ball] around and got some good spots,” he added, “[but] we couldn’t find a goal.”

    The Quakers had numerous opportunities to tie the game, including a .The Serie A club could be looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window.Maupay, who has found his scoring boots in the Premier League, is rated at £40 million.He took some time to get going after his move from Championshicorner at the 89th minute where sophomore back Jonny Dolezal’s headshot was too high. Prior to that, freshman Duke Lacroix almost found the back of the net at the 54th on a wide pass play and on a missed header at the 68th.

    Despite giving up seven free kicks on 16 fouls, the Big Green (5-4-2, 2-1) preserved their lead until the final whistle.

    Looking forward to next week’s game against Yale (6-5-1, 2-1), Brandt suggested “we need to have a stronger start, dictate the pace.”

    For a Penn soccer team known for being offensive and scoring early, this means getting back to their old habits.

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  • M. Squash | Navy experienced, but Penn cruises

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    For all but one member of the men's squash team, Thursday night's win over No. 12 Navy was your typical 9-0 rout. But for freshman Thomas Mattsson, this victory meant a lot more.

    That's because sitting at the No. 1 spot for the Midshipmen (16-2) was his brother, Nils. But thanks to dominating play throughout the lineup, the No. 7 Quakers (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) gave the younger Mattsson bragging rights over his big brother.

    "I love it," Thomas said. "I'm gonna be rubbing it in his face for the next 12 months."

    And he'll have plenty to boast about. Penn easily handled its opponent, winning seven matches 3-0 with four Quakers dropping fewer than ten points total in three games.

    Particularly impressive were the younger Mattson, who won 9-3, 9-4, 9-0, and senior Joey Raho (9-4, 9-1, 9-1). The Quakers did not lose a game until the evening's final rotation.

    The only true drama came at the top of the ladder, where junior Mark Froot had his hands full with the elder Mattsson. Mattsson grabbed the first two games over Froot - who pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night to study - before coming back to earn the victory.

    "I didn't get enough rest," he said. "I came in not expecting much, then got into the game. I got lucky on some shots, but it was definitely fun. I'll remember this day for a while."

    The younger Mattsson refereed the match, and insisted that he was unable to root for either his brother or his teammate. Rather, he rootman produced a positive response from a social media post after victory over Southampton on Sunday.Despite being one of the better players on the day, Willems was critical of his performance online - comments which drew a positive reaction from fans.ed for a good match, which his brother and Froot definitely provided.

    "They play pretty contrasting styles," Thomas said. "My brother picks a lot of balls up, and Froot likes to go for shots. It makes for a good match."

    The win is a big lift for the Quakers, whose spirits had been sagging since an 8-1 defeat to No. 6 Cornell two weeks ago. Now, the team has regained focus, and Froot credits that for the dominating performance last nisign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Dyche says he tried to sign Vardy before he joined Leicester but could not match Fleetwood's £1million asking price.“We were in for him but we were in for him for about £2.50," he said, joking. “We offereght.

    "We weren't ready when Cornell came into town; I don't think we had really accepted that the year started," Froot said. "We definitely have our heads in the game now."

    Penn coach Craig Thor behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists pe-Clark came into the night expecting a win (upsets in squash are a rarity) but did not expect to see his squad dominate the way it did.

    Navy had played 15 more matches than the Quakers this season, but any advantage that experience may have provided the Midshipmen was outweighed by the talent discrepancy.

    The Quakers "played well as a team and they played well individually," Thorpe-Clark said. "They controlled points, and they played good squash tonight against a team that's always pretty fit, and I was pleased to see us play as solidly as we did. It was a very good win for us."

    Now, the Red and Blue must turn their attention toward a weekend that looks to be much tougher.

    But the dominating win over Navy will surely provide the team with much-needed confidence as they travel to No. 3 Yale Saturday and Brown Sunday.

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  • F. Hockey: Leopards fail to show their teeth, or a goal

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    Penn goalkeeper Alanna Butera was flat on her back, the ball bouncing a few yards away from her, and the net was wide open. For the first time this season, it didn't matter.

    The whistle after the loose ball signalled that possession was going the other way, and with little time left on the clock, the Quakers coasted to a 1-0 win over Lafayette last night at Franklin Field, their first of the year.

    That turnover in the final moments capped off a rough game for the Leopards' Laura Fabian. No fewer than three times after intermission teammates launched long passes down the sidelines to her, only to see the ball trickle past her stick and out of bounds each time.

    She didn't get overwhelmed with help from her teammates, either. Except for a 10-minute stretch early in the second half, the Quakers (1-4) won the possession war. They took eight shots on goal to the Leopards' one, despite Lafayette's four penalty corners. Penn had three.

    "Obviously it was tough to get goals at both ends today," Lafayette coach Andrew Griffiths said.

    Senior forward Kara Bolger, who scored Penn's only goal off a rebound in the first half, said the game was a tightly controlled affair, at least on the Quakers' end.

    "There was so muovic.The off contract LA Galaxy striker is in negotiations with Milan about a celebrated return next month.But Monza chief Galliani told TMW: "Zlatan is a clever guy. "Not even his agent Mino Raiola knows where he will go and he always tells me: 'Calch composure today," Bolger said. "Nothing frantic. We didn't give up any stupid fouls, it was all really smart play, and I think that was really clear."

    "I'm trying to get them no qualms about Adrian replacing Alisson in the Liverpool goals.Alisson injured his calf against Norwich City on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp confirming he will miss the next few weeks of action.Adrian replaced the Brazilian at Anfield and Alexander-Ar to put a lot of pressure on without fouling. Let them do the fouling; let us get the corners," Quakers coach Val Cloud said.

    The Quakers now head into Cornell on Saturday with a win under their belts, even if it only came by a solitary goal. The Big Red are 1-0 in conference play and boast a plus-4 goal differential, the only Ivy team on the plus side in that category.

    "What I liked about today was we were really working on getting the ball in the middle today, and we really did," Cloud said. "Maybe not as much as I had hoped, but much, much better."

    The Leopards may have played hard, but playing smart was a different matter. Lafayette made a push in the final minutes, but wild passes and hasty decision-making didn't help the cause.

    Fabian finally did corall a ball deep in Penn territory, but decided to drive 30 yards into the corner before trying to finns hurling abuse at Jesse Lingard after their FA Cup win at Derby County.Lingard was targeted at Pride Park, and United have indicated they will be contacting Derby officials to see if they assist them in identifying those responsible for the appallid a teammate.

    For a brief moment, the game flashed before Cloud's eyes.

    "Luckily for us," Cloud said, "she messed up."

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  • Ailing RHP happy to help out at short, too

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    When Penn shortstop William Gordon tweaked his shoulder last week, the Quakers weren't just in danger of losing their No. 6 hitter - they would havAntoine Griezmann is a Barcelona player. The Frenchman's signature is one of the biggest moves made by any club in this summer's window, and leads to a whole host of questions regarding where he might feature in the side.A versatile operator, the 28-e been a man short in the bullpen as well.

    Luckily for Penn, the freshman will be available to be the man the middle infield for this weekend's home doubleheaders against Harvard and Dartmouth. While he has doubled as a relief pitcher, coach John Cole said Gordon's arm trouble has kept him off the mound in recent games. But even if he's just asked to trot out to short Tottenham have been offered a deal to re-sign Bale on loan from Real Madrid.Bale left Spurs in 2013 when Real made him the world's most expensive footballer at the time with an £86million transfer fee.He earns more than £600,000 per week but Real wthis weekend, Gordon has relished his dual role.

    "I just try to help out whenever I can," Gordon said. "Shortstop is more important right now because our team is doing alright with pitching."

    Due to his bum shoulder and Penn's plethora of arms in the 'pen, Gordon has pitched just three and two-thirds innings this season.

    But despite his .231 batting average, Gordon has started every game, and of late, his bat is sl have turned down Dani Ceballos' request to terminate his loan.The midfielder, reports AS, approached manager Mikel Arteta this week about ending his loan and returning to parent club Real Madrid.However, Arteta has rejected the request.The Gunners tarting to get a little bit hot - his two runs and two RBIs against Saint Joseph's this week helped the Quakers crawl back and get the win.

    Cole knows what he's capable of.

    "He's a talented kid, he's a two-way guy," he said. "We need to get him back healthy so he can help us on the mound."

    While its pitching depth is a strong suit, Penn will certainly need any and every fresh arm available this weekend, especially on Saturday, when Harvard's versatile offense arrives at Meiklejohn.

    The Crimson boast a pair of power hitters with slugging percentages over .420 in right fielder Tom Stack-Babich and first baseman Steffan Wilson. Although he is hitting about 40 points below his career average this season, Wilson is considered by many to be the best player in the Ivy League and a legitimate pro prospect.

    Freshman Todd Roth, who will almost certainly start a game over the weekend, isn't fazed by Wilson's reputation.

    "I'm gonna go out and do my thing," Roth said, "and make him adjust to me."

    But Cole isn't as concerned with Harvard's sluggers as he is with its speedsters.

    Third baseman Matt Vance and center fielder Matt Rogers have each swiped seven bases this year and have been caught three times between them.

    "It's going to be important for us to neutralize their speed game and do a good job of keeping their runners off the bases," Cole said.

    Dartmouth, on the other hand, does not have any incredible power or speed in its lineup.

    The Big Green don't put up any gaudy numbers from the plate or on the mound - as a team they are hitting .269 and have an ERA of 7.71 - but the Quakers will have to be wary of their two-headed monster at the front end of the starting rotation.

    Russell and Robert Young, brothers from Cleburne, Texas, have a combined ERA of 3.82, and a start from either one could give Penn trouble.

    But because the Quakers are already in a bit of a hole in their division, any thoughts of individual performances, scouting reports or next week's Liberty Bell Classic will have to be put out of their heads this weekend.

    With winnable games on the table, Penn can be zeroed in on one thing - quality baseball.

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  • Zachary Levine: Newsflash, Joe Scott: It's about winning, too

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    It took 157 words for Joe Scott to explain his goals for the rest of the season after his Tigers fell to 1-6 in the Ivy League Tuesday at the Palestra.

    It took only six to show just how far the Princeton program has fallen under Scott's watch.

    It's not about the end result.

    "Our goals are the same every game," Scott said after the Tigers' 48-35 loss. "We're building a program where our guys know why and how. Why we play the way we play. How we play that way. And we make ourselves play that way every single game.

    "When you do that, when you become successful, you know why and how. You keep doing it over and over again. It's called habits. That's what we're building. There's no time frame for when those things are going to occur. It's not about the end result. We're building something. It's about developing young guys who are willing to do that and do it all the time."

    In Scott's three-year tenure, he's taken Princeton from a defending Ivy League champion to a program where it's not about the end result.

    That's something for the fifth-grade coach at the YMCA to say. Not the coach of a 25-time conference champion.

    And Scott has brought it all upon himself.

    It was funny to see him huffing and puffing on the sideline, not because anyone was amused by the fact that he ended the contest sounding like an 80-year-old chain-smoker, but because he was doing it at all the wrong times.

    He stomped around like a lunatic after nearly every foul call in the second half. But he barely took notice when Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn - with seconds to go on the shot clock, of course - turned it loose and burned Penn defenders to the basket.

    There had to be a part of him that asked what would happen if he just let this team play basketball.

    What would happen if he realized the only talented "point-center" he had who can make the Princeton offense funcLuton Town's James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to the tion is Howard Levy, sitting next to him in a jacket and tie?

    Not only is he running a center's offense without a center, but he's also running a shooter's offense without shooters. In Scott's final season at Air Force, his Falcons went 22-7, hitting at 48.1 percent from the floor. In the midst of this year's debacle, the Tigers are at a league-worst 40.9 percent.

    And it's not just bad luck that he doesn't have the parts. It's Scott's inability to land the missing pieces to fit his system.

    Or maybe the pieces were there all along.

    Maybe that fundamental center was Noah Levine, gone after wehe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he's already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes teks as a freshman. Maybe the shooter was Max Schafer, a John Thompson III recruit who left Scott's system. Or maybe it was Blake Wilson, who left for St. Joseph's after one semester in Orange and Black.

    Maybe they all went the way of Harrison Schaen and Patrick Ekeruo, leaving a team that's had more defections than the Cuban baseball squad.

    Those guys are probably planning to form their own summer league team now, and they might even score 50 points in a game once or twice.

    It's astounding what this

    program has turned into in three years. Just listen to more from Scott after the game.

    We're just going to keep working on getting went from newly promoted to booking their place in the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.The Black Country club have signed a two-year deal with sponsors ManBetX, the most lucrative in the club's history.Introducing the new @adidasfootball better at what we do.

    Keep working on guys being able to finish plays, make a lay-up, make a shot, make a post move.

    Never mind not being Senator Bradley's Final Four team or the No. 5 seed in the Tournament from 1998.

    This isn't even the 6-8 mess he created out of an Ivy champion with four returning starters.

    This version of the Tigers needed double overtime at home against Harvard to avoid going 0-for-the-first-half.

    For Joe Scott, fifth-grade basketball coach, it's not about the end result.

    For Joe Scott, Division I basketball coach, it may be just about the end.

    Zachary Levine is a senior mathematics major from Delmar, N.Y., and is former Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. His e-mail address is zlevine@sas.upenn.edu.

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  • Lucky number four

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    For the second time in as many weeks, the Penn men's lacrosse team found itself on the brink of going into overtime against an inferior Ivy opponent.

    And for the second time, the Quakers avoided extra time, coming out on top.

    Penn finished up its Ivy season by squeaking one out over last-place Brown on Saturday at Franklin Field, 9-8.

    The win pushed the Quakers to 4-2 in the Ivy League, their best record since 1989. During that span, the most games the team won was three.

    With under a minute to play, Brown (2-8, 0-3 Ivy) trailed by a goal and was threatening in Penn territory. And after a couple of shots sailed high and wide, the Bears had one more chance to force overtime with 28 seconds left.

    But after an errant pass slowly bounced out of bounds, the Quakers had sealed the win.

    Until that point, it looked like the Bears just might leave Philadelphia with the upset.

    After taking a 6-4 halftime lead behind goalie Nick Gentilesco, Brown was in a position to shock the Quakers and notch its first Ivy win.

    Penn couldn't seem to get anything by Gentilesco --who finished with 11 saves and even set up a goal with a length-of-the-field lob -- allowing the Bears to seize control of the game.

    But the Quakers weren't about to let their league-title hopes slip through their fingers.

    "We realizeafter Sunday's defeat.Commisso felt insulted by Nedved after the game.He explained, "I want to make it clear that nobody from Juventus offended me, they are all very good and I want to thank them. I have no problem with Juve, I just said they don't nd this was our season if we lose this game," said senior attacker James Riordan, who moved into the team lead for goals with a hat trick on Saturday.

    "We had to come back, and our offense really brought it together, and our defense buckled down and made some good saves."

    Junior midfielder David Cornbrooks opened up the second-half scoring with two goals, leading the way to a five-goal third quarter for the Quakers.

    The defense also pulled its weight, holding the Bears scoreless in one stretch for 24 consecutive minutes, including the entire tRui Patricio saved Pogba's effort to ultimately secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts.Rashford scored from a penalty against Chelsea last week but insists he was happy with Pogba stepping up at Molineux."Paul wanted to take it, it's that simple," says Rashhird quarter.

    Penn coach Brian Voelker believes the key lied in the Quakers' refusal to allow themselves to be done in by their first-half woes.

    "We made better decisions; we got after ground balls; we played much better defense in the second half," Voelker said. "We moved the ball better on the offensive end; we played much better defensively; and we did what we had to do to get the win."

    Doing what they had to do meant playing at their own pace, putting pressure on the Brown defense and taking advantage of the faceoffs they won.

    Penn dominated the draw-control battle against an Ivy opponent for the first time this year, winning 14 faceoffs to Brown's seven. Senior attacker D.J a form slump after last night's 1-1 Coppa Italia first-leg draw at AC Milan.Ante Rebic had put the Rossoneri in front before Theo Hernandez saw red for a second bookable offence. A late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juve the draw.“We did b. Andrzejewski capitalized on one such faceoff in the second half, extending the Quakers' advantage to two just seven seconds after they took the lead.

    In a game as tight as this one was, that faceoff could have made the difference.

    Still, the Quakers are not letting themselves become discouraged as they prepare for the final two games of the season.

    "Every 'W' is a good win," Andrzejewski said. "We're just going to move on from here."

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  • NCAA spurns Field Hockey

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    The Quakers sat in silence with coaches, friends and fans, their eyes glued to the television. In the next few moments, they would hear a list of the field hockey teams to participate in the NCAA Tournament later this month. The announcements began, starting with North Carolina and ending with defending champion Wake Forest. The team strained to hear the news they so desperately wanted to hear.

    News that would never come.

    Some tears and hugs later, the Quakers (13-4, 6-1 Ivy) could finally step back and reflect on their completed 2004 season, as they gathered for dinner at Cavanaugh's Restaurant.

    They had assembled to watch the selection show for this year's NCAA Field Hockey Tournament; however, being denied a chance at the national title did not detract from this season's overwhelming success.

    "We came tonight knowing it was a slim chance," Penn coach Val Cloud said. "I can't say we were surprised."

    Still, hopes ran hig Soccer Link reports PSG chief Leonardo has made an approach to Wolves for the Spanish winger.But he's been quickly frightened off by Wolves' asking price - a massive €100m.Leonardo is keen to bring Adama to Paris, but not at the valuation Wolves ah, especially among the seniors. Fearing the end of their field hockey careers, they watched their last season at Penn slip away.

    But what a year it was.

    "When we met before the season, we set a bunch of goals for ourselves," senior tri-captain Sara Shelley said. "We accomplished every one."

    Aside from clinching a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard (11-6, 6-1), the Red and Blue also won their last eight games, seven of which were shutouts. On top of everything, they beat Princeton (7-10, 5-2), a feat they hadn't accomplished in 10 years.

    "When [the seniors] were seniors in high school applying to Penn, we were eighth in the Ivy League and the only team to lose to Columbia," senior All-American Liz Lorelli said. "And now we are the best."

    "Last year we were fifth in the Ivy League," Shelley said. "And that was considered a breakout season. I don't think that we ever thought we'd be 13-4 by our senior year."

    Every Quakers player will receive her Ivy League title ring. Four ne revealed Kompany played a key part in luring him to City - and already misses him since he left to take up a player manager role back in their homeland.De Bruyne said: “I hope his career will be just as amazing at Anderlecht as it was at City. Iof the players were further honored with All-Ivy recognition.

    Freshman defender Melissa Black was named Ivy Rookie of the Year, a title not received by a Penn player since 1985. As starting sweeper, Black played an integral role in the team's defense, which earned seven straight shutouts. Shuique Setien has risked the wrath of Gerard Pique by having the squad train in the RAIN yesterday.Setien has promised to take the squad he's inherited back to basics and this includes having his multi-millionaire players train in cold weather.AS repoe was named Ivy Rookie of the Week twice during the season. Black was also chosen for the All-Ivy second team.

    Lorelli, sophomore goalie Liz Schlossberg and junior midfielder Lea Salese were all chosen for the first team.

    Despite such honors, Cloud and others point to unity, not individual talent, as the team's biggest strength.

    "We won the big games because the team won," Cloud said. "They played so well together. It takes a team to win, not any one individual."

    "We set out our goals and got all of them," senior tri-captain Kate Murphy said. "But the great thing is that we did it with our best friends."

    Perhaps the key to these friends' success is their ability to let loose and have fun.

    "It's a self-proclaimed title, but we've got to be the happiest team," Shelley said.

    Aside from support within the team, the players express great gratitude to the parents, friends, students and other athletes who crowded the sidelines on both home and foreign turf.

    At the last game, "we had more fans than Princeton did," Cloud said. "The team really appreciated it. Knowing that everyone is behind them makes a big difference."

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