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Lacrosse sends stars to Baltimore MEN’S LACROSSE Feeney and Bellinsky represent Quakers in USILA All-Star Game BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Sports Editor Penn men’s lacrosse was represented at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Monday. However, it wasn’t quite the way they had imagined it. “[ T he USI L A A l l- St a r game] was right before the championship game,� 2014 College graduate and goalkeeper Brian Feeney said. “If someone told me I was going to be in M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day, I would have hoped it would have been for the big game.� Fellow 2014 College Graduate and midfield Drew Bellinsky joined Feeney on the South team as the pair had one final hurrah to their collegiate lacrosse careers. Their team prevailed in a close contest, edging the North team by a score of 17-16. “I knew most of the players that were there,� Feeney said. “It was a great day to play lacrosse, just to do that with a bunch of guys that I’ve grown up playing with or against was a great experience for me, especially because my roommate [Bellinsky] came with me.� Though many have the experience of playing against familiar foes, Feeney and Bellinsky had the unique experience of playing in their

Success sets a blueprint for future MCGINNIS from page 8 It might not always end in success (see men’s basketball coaching changes in the past decade), but repeated disappointment needs to be addressed directly . Second, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While there are plent y of prog ra ms w it h room for serious improvement , t here w i l l st i l l be some, like women’s lacrosse, that are in a good place and moving in the right direction. While it should be obvious enough, there’s definitely a time and place to give a coach and a program plenty of space to operate and the spring showed a few more places where that’s the right approach. There’s certainly no rea-

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2014 graduate Drew Bellinsky finished his collegiate lacrosse career playing with 128 of the best players in the country after finishing third in scoring for the Quakers in 2014. final collegiate game with a close teammate. “Having Drew there the entire weekend in Baltimore, having my best friend there made it a lot more fun,� Feeney said. “It was great to finish my collegiate career with someone who I actually played with.� And though Feeney is finishing his collegiate career and moving into the workforce, he hopes this isn’t the end of lacrosse in his life. “I’m still trying to figure out if I want to continue to play lacrosse, I’ll need to run

son to mess with the success that Karin Corbett and Leslie King have found with their teams, for example. Third, sometimes it’ll just take a little time. It’s certainly surprising that men’s lacrosse was able to turn things around so much this season after a few years of mediocrity. Were there any significant changes? Not particularly, this year’s team was fairly similar to the year before, but the continued growth of the players and a tough schedule led Penn to a four seed in the NCA A tournament. When M. Grace Calhoun takes over on July 1st, she’ll have a lot on her plate, but looking back at the successful spring season she’ll definitely have something to build on.

HOLDEN MCGINNIS is a rising Engineering sophomore from Gladw yne, P a. and is the sports editor of The Summer Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.

it by [my job], but I do have aspirations to somehow continue my career,� Feeney said. “There’s plenty of summer tournaments that I’m doing and plenty of leagues, but if I were allowed to, I’d try out for an MLL team.� For the Penn players, the All-Star game wasn’t the only Baltimore festivity as members of the team arrived on Saturday for the All-American banquet. At the banquet, three 2014 Quakers – Feeney, Zack Losco and Maxx Meyer – earned third-team honors. This was

Successful season despite playoff loss TYDINGS from page 8 staff was just as potent and the bullpen helped close important games. But what was most impressive of this team was the camaraderie it displayed on a weekly basis while taking the field in the hidden gem of campus at Meiklejohn. There was excitement at the stadium. There was ridiculous dancing whenever Brebner’s at-bat music was on. There was a true team on the field instead of a group of individuals, with that team fighting for a singular goal that it ultimately came just short from achieving. So while the plaque in Meiklejohn will likely change and rightly display Yurkow as Penn’s top man (especially now that I’m pointing it out), there won’t be much more than that

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BY STEVEN TYDINGS From The Daily Pennsylvanian’s sports blog, THE BUZZ Penn softball had a banner year in 2013 but it looked like the Quakers were a sure bet to fall this year after an important senior class graduated. However, despite a majority of the players on the roster being underclassmen, the team found a way to repeat atop of the Ivy South and made its way to the winner-takeall Game 3 of the Ivy League Championship Series. While Penn ultimately lost that final game and ceded the Ivy title to Dartmouth, coach Leslie King and her team proved that Penn is still a program on the rise and that 2013 was not an anomaly. With that in mind, here are some of the players and moments that defined the upstart 2014 Penn Quakers. The Yale sweep: Going into their March 31 matchup with the Elis, the Red and Blue were playing just like a freshmenladen squad is expected to play, going 4-11 in their first 15 contests. The team had lost seven straight games going into the two-game set at Penn Park and was in desperate need for a turnaround. So when Penn swept the Elis by identical 3-0 margins, it was a big moment for the team. Junior A lexis Borden and freshman Alexis Sargent each pitched shutouts, combining to give up just nine hits in 14 innings. Sargent also contributed with her bat, hitting two home runs to power the Red and Blue while fellow freshman Leah Allen belted a long ball as well. Player of the Year — Leah Allen: Penn lost so much talent to graduation that things looked somewhat bleak heading into the year. While Borden, Penn’s all-time leader in wins

to immortalize Yurkow’s first year as coach. Yet that doesn’t seem right. Just because the Red and Blue finished a game behind Columbia (which now goes to Miami for the NCAA Tournament) and didn’t get the chance to play for the Ivy crown doesn’t mean this season didn’t make a big impact on the program. Penn baseball went from cellar dwelling in the Gehrig Division to top contenders all thanks to a change in philosophy and demeanor, as well as a few remarkable strides forward. While players like Brebner, Brandon Engelhardt and Pat Bet won’t be a part of next year’s squad, it isn’t hard to see Yurkow continuing to guide his team to contention. And the 2014 season was the unforgettable first step in that process.

STEVEN T YDINGS is a rising Wharton junior from Hopewell, N.J. and is the senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@ thedp.com.

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Freshman outfielder Leah Allen helped Penn maintain excellence after losing a strong graduating class by leading the Ivy League in numerous batting statistics.

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the first time that a Quaker had been named to the first, second or third teams since 1988 and the first time that three Penn players had been named since 1984. For the Quakers to turn things around in the past few years, it took more than individual talent. In the eyes of Feeney, it’s the team leadership and decision-making that has developed during his career. “We decided amongst ourselves that [the social side] wasn’t something coach Murphy had to go ahead and [get involved in]�, Feeney said. “The players themselves got involved in making decisions that are best for the team without the help of the coaches and everyone abided by that.� And for Feeney and the rest of the Class of 2014, that fateful Ivy League tournament title will always overshadow their early NCAA tournament exit and their individual accolades. “It’s tough to go out the way we did in the first round, but in the end I’m always going to remember the Ivy League championship. That’s been our number one goal since I was a freshman, we had come close to it, but never made it past that first round hump,� Feeney said. “None of the accolades that me or some of the other guys received at the end of the season will amount to winning that championship as a whole and as a team.�

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