Sunday, May 25, 2008

Breaking: Penn Reaches An NCAA Final Game For The First Time Since, Um, Uh, Ever

penn women's lacrosseThe Penn’s Women Lacrosse Team faces #1 ranked Northwestern this evening in the 2008 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Game.

And just to make it all the more momentous, this is actually the first time a Penn team in ANY SPORT has EVER reached an NCAA-sanctioned final.
NCAA Final History: Sunday’s appearance in the NCAA final game will not only be the first in Penn women’s lacrosse history; it will be the first by any Penn team in any program. By our count, the following programs advanced to semifinal games over the years but never further: men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, field hockey, and of course men’s basketball.
(Yea, well, at least Quakers can take solace in their school’s perennial housing of 99% of all other universities in the national rankings for 'kick-ass-ness'.)

So tonight, the women’s lacrosse team can finally bring home a national title for Penn.

But it won’t be easy.

Their opponent? Top-seeded Northwestern. "The Wildcats — winners of the last three national titles — have lost only once in their last 42 games, and that came April 27 against these Quakers, 11-7."

Oh snap — comeuppance time.
NCAA Title History: Penn has won four NCAA team championships before, all in fencing. The men’s fencing team won NCAA titles in 1953, 1969 and 1981, and most recently the women’s fencing team won the crown in 1986. It should be noted that Penn has won national titles in other sports that are not NCAA-sanctioned, most recently in 2000 when women’s squash won the Howe Cup (that sport’s national championship event).
Yea Penn Squash.

penn women's lacrossePenn. What.

THE DAY AFTER: Penn 9, Duke 8 (OT) [ Penn Athletics ]
Women's Lacrosse Advances to NCAA Final [ Penn Athletics ]
W. Lax tops Blue Devils in OT, plays for NCAA title tonight [ Daily Pennsylvanian ]
Lone Stumbling Block Stands in Front of Northwestern’s 4th Title [ New York Times ]
Quakers, Wildcats face off: Northwestern comes in with 20-1 record, but Penn was the one [ Baltimore Sun ]
Penn Edges Duke in OT to Advance [ Baltimore Sun ]

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