Season Ending Edition
November 5, 2023 –
The University of Pennsylvania claimed the Ivy League title for the second consecutive season. Penn defeated Princeton 4 – 1. That win combined with Yale being tied by Brown gave the regular season championship to University City. The top seeded Quakers will host the league championship on November 10th and 12th.
For the other teams the season has come to an end. Drexel went to the conference tournament, while Temple just missed a trip to The American league championship.
Penn Quakers (7 – 3 – 5, 4 – 1 – 2 Ivy League)
Penn is the first place team in the Ivy League. The Quakers defeated their arch-rival, the Princeton Tigers 4 – 1 on Senior Day. Princeton got the first goal in the 7th minute. Penn got the next four. There were four different Quakers who found the back of the net; Michael Hewes (8), Mateo Zazueta (3), Brandon Curran (3), and Oliver Pratt (1). Penn outshot Princeton 17 – 11, and 9 – 5 on goal. In the tournament #1 Penn meets #4 Brown in the semifinal round with the winner facing the victor of the #2 Yale vs. #3 Harvard game at Penn Park. The titlist gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Drexel Dragons (9 – 2 – 5, 3 – 2 – 3 CAA)
When the Drexel Dragons played the Delaware Blue Hens in the regular season, the result was a 3 – 3 tie. The teams met again in the CAA quarterfinal round. Delaware the 4th seed, Drexel the 5th. The result? Another tie, 2 – 2 after the overtime periods. It would come down to penalty kicks. The Blue Hens got the better of that battle 4 – 2 to end the season for the Dragons. All goals were scored in the first half. Drexel counters came from midfielders Antonio Illuminato and Patrick Short. Illuminato had 4 shots, 2 on goal of the Dragons’ 22 shots, 6 requiring a save. In the deciding penalty kicks Illuminato and forward Giancarlo Vaccaro converted for Drexel. Short was team leader in goals with 7. He added an assist for 15 total points. Illuminato scored 5 goals over the year and led the team in assists (8) and points (18). Goalie Alessandro Capogna allowed 11 goals over the campaign and had a .87 goals against average and a .807 save percentage.
Temple Owls (3 – 8 – 4, 2 – 4 – 2 The American)
The Owls fell just short of a berth in the conference postseason tournament. In the season finale Temple lost 2 – 1 to #3 SMU in Dallas. Forward Xavier Rimpel scored in the 64th minute to get the Owls in proximity, but could not get the equalizer and another point in the league. Rimple became the 12th different Owl to score a goal this season. It was the first of his career. SMU won the shot stat and shots on goal 12 – 5 and 6 – 2. Midfielder Felix Ewald ranked first on the team in goals (6), assists (5), and points (17). Ewald is a sophomore. Of the other eleven goal scoring players 3 are juniors, eight Owls are either freshman and sophomores.
Written By: Glenn Papazian