PHILADELPHIA - The final two fall teams without an Ivy League contest remedied that situation over the weekend, with football and men's soccer entering Ancient Eight action. Football was the big winner over the weekend, extending its Ivy League win streak to 16 games with a win in Hanover over Dartmouth.
There was a lot of hoopla heading into Penn's trip to Dartmouth this weekend, with Penn opening its defense of back-to-back Ivy titles and looking to end a winless start to 2011 against a Dartmouth squad pumped up for the first night game in school history. Add a national TV audience on Fox College Sports and a healthy dose of rain to the proceedings and you have the makings for a wild night on the gridiron. The Quakers and Big Green obliged, with the game's outcome in the balance until the final minute of play. Billy Ragone made sure Penn was able to bring a 'W' aboard its charter flight home with a three-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Calvert with 17 seconds to play, with an assist to Jason Rasmussen whose interception with four ticks remaining ended any hope of a Dartmouth comeback as Penn won, 22-20.
The DP's Cal Silcox on Billy Ragone's Two-Minute Drills on Saturday
Home has been where the wins are for women's soccer of late. The Quakers won twice over the weekend to run their win streak at Rhodes Field to nine matches in a row dating back to the end of the 2010 season. On Friday, Penn won its first Ivy League match of 2011 with a 2-1 win over Cornell. Sunday was a non-conference tilt with St. Francis (PA) that Penn dominated, 3-0. On Monday, freshman Megan York was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after her two-goal weekend.
The Quakers went 1-1 over the weekend in their first full Ivy weekend. On Friday, the Red and Blue went past Dartmouth with relative ease, 3-0.Saturday night's match with Harvard was back and forth, going the distance before the Quakers let a fifth-set lead slip away in a 3-2 loss.
On Wednesday, Colleen Fink's club once again made a tema pay for taking the Quakers to overtime, as Penn defeated La Salle, 1-0, in double overtime. Fink is now 3-0 in overtime games as head coach at Penn. On Saturday, the Quakers had a 2-1 lead on Ivy League leader Dartmouth, but the Big Green rallied for three goals in the second half and a 4-2 win.
It seems that Penn and Cornell always are engaged in close matches in men's soccer, and this year was no different. Unfortunately for Penn, this year's contest saw the 89th-minute goal connect in favor of the Big Red.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams ran at the Paul Short at Lehigh on Friday, continuing preparations for the final push towards Heptagonals and potential NCAA meets.
Penn squash players won the double titles at the Intercollegiate Doubles Championships over the weekend at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Abilla Ariffin and Pia Trikha won the women's draw, while Colleen Fehm teamed with Trevor McGuiness to capture the mixed doubles title. McGuiness also won the men's doubles tournament with partner Thomas Mattsson.