PHILADELPHIA - "Playoff Fever" has hit University City as four of Penn's spring programs are involved in postseason action this weekend!
Baseball, softball, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse are all playing postseason contests this weekend -- marking the first time in Unviersity history that all four are in Ivy League postseason at the same time.
If you want to keep up on the four teams this weekend, Penn Athletics has provided you with information on how to follow along as the Quakers begin their hunt for four NCAA Championships bids.
Softball - Game Three Sunday at 1 p.m.
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For the second-straight year, Penn (18-20-1, 13-6-1 Ivy) and Dartmouth (29-16, 18-2 Ivy) will meet for the Ancient Eight title in the Ivy League Softball Championship Series. This time, the ILCS will be hosted by the Big Green May 3-4 at the Dartmouth Softball Park in Hanover, N.H.
The series will need a third and deciding game after Penn forced the series to go the distance with a 5-3 win in Game Two. Alexis Borden pitched every inning for the Quakers, allowing just five earned runs over 13 innings while striking out 10.
After a 5-1 loss in Game One, Penn countered quickly in the second game with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dartmouth would rally, tying the game in the top of the third, but Penn scored the eventual game-winning run on back-to-back-doubles in the bottom of the inning.
Penn will be competing in its fourth ILCS all-time, and enters with a 1-2 mark. The Red and Blue will be looking to buck history as the home team in the Ivy League Championship Series has won all seven previous installments. Only three previous times has the ILCS required three games to decide a winner.
One such occasion was last year at Penn Park where Penn rallied from a 2-0 deficit in Game Three to defeat Dartmouth on a Kayla Dahlerbruch home run in the fourth inning.
Penn will need to reverse a pair of losses in Hanover earlier this season to earn a trip to its second consecutive NCAA Regional. Penn was edged, 3-2, in the first game of the series but fell behind early en route to a loss in Game Two.
A choatic, crazy finish in Cambridge has Penn in its first-ever men's lacrosse championship game on Sunday after the third-seeded Quakers knocked off second-seeded Cornell, 11-10.
Penn led, 7-5, at halftime but watched as the Big Red stormed back in the second half to score the game's next five goals and take a 10-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. The final frame belong to the Quakers, though, as Zack Losco scored the game's final four goals -- part of a five-goal game -- to spark Penn to its first win in the Ivy League Tournament. The game-winning goal came off Losco's stick with 50 seconds to play in the game.
Penn will take on top-seeded Harvard Sunday at noon on ESPNU for a Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Penn needed double overtime to advance to its fourth Ivy League Tournament championship game, knocking off Harvard, 10-9, on Friday afternoon in Princeton. Tory Bensen scored the game winner 0:55 into the sudden victory period after Lely DeSimone had tied the game late in the first overtime.
Bensen had four goals in the game, helping Penn comeback from a 5-3 halftime deficit. Penn held an 8-6 lead late in the game, but two goals from the Crimson -- including the equalizier with 3.5 seconds left -- forced overtime.
Penn is the first Ivy team to reach four championship games and is the only school to have won multiple Ivy Tournament titles. They will look to add a third -- and clinch an automatic bid to NCAAs -- when they take on host Princeton on Sunday at noon.
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In his first season as head coach. John Yurkow has skippered his team to a share of the Gehrig Division championship with Columbia. A one-game playoff is required to determine the division's representative in the Ivy League Championship Series, and the Quakers will serve as host at Meiklejohn Stadium on May 3 at 1 p.m.
The Quakers and Lions met four times last weekend -- and split both games to force the one-game playoff. Both teams finished 15-5 in the Ivy League and each has 24 wins overall in 2014. A win will send the Quakers to the Ivy League Championship Series for the first time since 2007. Columbia is the defending Gehrig Division champions. The Quakers have not been involved in a divisional playoff game since 1997 and are 0-2 all-time in this situation.
Exopect a rematch of last weekend's first game where Columbia's David Speer tossed seven shutout innings while striking out seven to earn the win, 6-0. Penn is likely to counter with its ace, Connor Cuff, who leads the Ivy League in ERA (1.34) and wins (5).