Penn sports weekend recap: Up-and-down weekend as conference championships loom

Junior linebacker Charlie Gaffney scrambles for possession against Harvard during the Oct. 22 game. Credit: Nathaniel Sirlin

During an overcast October weekend in the Northeast, the various Quaker teams still found ways to look on the bright side despite a few disappointing losses.

Hockey grass

Penn (6-8, 4-2 Ivy) heads north to Cambridge, Mass. for an Ivy League clash with No. 11 Harvard. The Quakers succumbed to a 2-0 loss against the Crimson, who maintain a perfect record in conference play. Penn was outshot 19-3, with a 12-1 shots on goal advantage. The Quakers will close out Ivy League play on Oct. 28 against Brown, before the Ivy League Tournament on Nov. 3 and 5.

Golf women

Women’s golf concluded its fall season at the Lady Blue Hen Invitational — held at Rehoboth Beach Country Club — where the Quakers finished second out of 11 participating teams. Despite leading by eight strokes heading into Sunday’s final round, Penn ultimately fell to Harvard. Sophomore Julie Shin was Penn’s low score on the weekend, finishing sixth overall.

Women’s football

Facing No. 25 Harvard (9-3-2, 4-1-1 Ivy) on the road Saturday, the Quakers (5-7-3, 0-4-2) suffered a 1-0 loss in the penultimate game of their season. After a scoreless first half, Harvard’s Josephine Hasbo scored in the 77th minute to give the Crimson the lead. Although senior goalkeeper Lawrence Gladu allowed just one goal, Harvard had 19 shots on the afternoon, with six of them on goal. At the end of the match, Penn managed to shoot only one goal in the entire 90 minutes.

Men’s football

After wrapping up their non-conference schedule with a 5-0 win against Lehigh on Tuesday, Penn (5-3-5, 2-1-2 Ivy) returned to Ivy League play on Sunday with a 2-1 win against Harvard (4- 4-6, 2-1-2) at Penn Park. First-half goals from junior midfielder Michael Hughes and junior forward Stas Korzienovski put the Quakers ahead before Harvard’s Alessandro Arlotti tied the score in the 66th minute. With both teams having seven shots on goal and four corner kicks, senior goalie Nick Christofferson turned in an admirable six-save effort to secure the Quaker win. Now, with two games remaining against Columbia and Princeton, Penn is in a four-way tie for first place in the Ivy League.

Tennis

Esha Velaga continued her excellent start for Penn women’s tennis again this weekend by winning the ITA Northeast Super Regional singles title in West Point, New York on Sunday. The freshman defeated her sister Neha, who attends Princeton, in straight sets to win that title. Junior Gavriella Smith also competed this weekend, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Brown’s Phoebe Peus.

Rowing

For their second meet of the fall season, the three Penn rowing teams headed to Boston for the Head of Charles Regatta. Four Quaker boats finished on the podium, with the men’s championship heavyweight four, men’s lightweight four and men’s lightweight eight finishing second in their divisions. Additionally, the women’s club fours division placed third. Despite not taking pole position in either event, it was all good enough for Penn to win overall, taking home the McMahon Cup points trophy with a total of 865.68 points.

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