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The main event of the weekend was the season opener for the returning Ivy League title-holders on the football team. Starting out strong, the Quakers started down a slippery slope as the rain poured down and Lafayette closed a 27-7 lead to a final score of 27-21. Field hockey brought the thunder to the opening of its brand new field, slipping past Cornell on Saturday and demolishing Pacific on Sunday. Women's soccer flaunted its defensive prowess down the Mid-Atlantic at William & Mary and Old Dominion, keeping opponents out of its net for five straight games until coming to a 2-2 draw against Old Dominion on Sunday. For more details on these sports and more, here's this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap:

Football

Full of double-digit leads and missed touchdown opportunities, the season opener for the reigning Ivy League champs was an exciting game of redemption against Lafayette. Penn led the Leopards 13-7 at the end of the first half, logging twice as many first downs and 154 more offensive yards. Up 27-7 through the third quarter, the Quakers thought they were safe. Yet the Leopards squeezed two touchdown drives out in the final quarter, cutting the once double-digit lead to only six points with a final score of 27-21 in the Red and Blue's favor.

Penn football holds on against Lafayette, 27-21

Against Lafayette on Saturday, *junior running back Spencer Kulcsar* was electric catching passes out of the backfield in Penn’s 27-21 win. He made five receptions to total 66 yards on the evening and scored a touchdown after recovering a snap that went over quarterback Billy Ragone’s head.

Against Lafayette on Saturday, junior running back Spencer Kulcsar was electric catching passes out of the backfield in Penn’s 27-21 win. He made five receptions to total 66 yards on the evening and scored a touchdown after recovering a snap that went over quarterback Billy Ragone’s head.

Field Hockey

The christening of the brand new Ellen Vagelos Field was met with lots of positive energy as the field hockey team captured two wins over the weekend. Stands packed, scoreboard lit and that new turf smell in the air, Penn pulled off a 4-3 win over Cornell in Saturday's league opener after falling 4-0 in their last meeting. Freshman Jasmine Cole dominated the weekend, netting three of the Quakers' four goals against the Big Red - the last of which came in the game's last five seconds. On Sunday, the Red and Blue knocked out its biggest win of the millennium, crushing Pacific 7-0. The team finds itself at unfamiliar but enjoyable territory at the top of the conference rankings. And they have no intention of giving that up.

New stadium, new turf, big wins for Penn field hockey

Women's Soccer

There's no denying that the women's soccer team is a defensive powerhouse. Staving off any goals from their opponents for five straight games, the Quakers finally broke their shutout streak down south this weekend against William & Mary and Old Dominion. But rest assured, the team is still technically undefeated as both their weekend matches ended in draws. On Friday against W&M, Penn took the game into overtime but it drew to a scoreless close at 0-0. Two days later against Old Dominion, thing were not looking too good for the Red and Blue. Trailing by 2-0 until the 42nd minute, freshman Lindsey Sawczuk and senior Kerry Scalora barely scraped by to save the Quakers' record and leave the game at 2-2 after overtime.

Shutout streak snaps with consecutive draws for Penn women's soccer

Volleyball

In its last weekend outside of Ivy play, volleyball went 2-1 in the Villanova Tournament, defeating Norfolk State and Sacred Heart before falling to host Villanova. After losing their first two sets to Norfolk State, the Quakers feared they'd be walking off the court with their most embarrassing loss yet. Storming back, they theatrically took the next three sets to beat the Spartans, 3-2. The next day, the Red and Blue easily knocked down Sacred Heart in their first sweep of the season. But all good things came to an end after Penn's first set against Villanova. Two sets removed from an all-out tournament victory, the Quakers dropped the next three sets to the Wildcats, finishing out the weekend at 2-1.

Penn volleyball takes two of three in final non-Ivy weekend

Sprint Football

Under those Friday night lights, sprint football took on Mansfield at Franklin Field. Trailing 14-7 at the half, the Quakers' game completely changed when freshman quarterback Mike McCurdy stepped in. Completing 12 of 13 passes in the second half for 237 yards passing and four touchdowns, three of which went for more than 36 yards, the freshman may have solidified his spot as starter for coach Bill Wagner. The team pulled it together in the second half to demolish the Mountaineers, 42-14.

Penn sprint football downs Mansfield, 42-14

Women's Tennis

The women's tennis team made winning look easy this weekend at the 17th annual Cissie Leary Tournament. Going up against 14 other schools, Penn won 15 of their 21 matches on day one. On day two, three of the Quakers’ singles and three doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals, and on the final day of competition, junior Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Sonya Latycheva went deep, Latycheva suffering a leg injury before she could compete in the finals while Eskenazi fought past Maryland’s Kristina Hovsepyan in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Women's tennis finds major success at Cissie Leary Tournament

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