“Our captains bring complementary skill sets to the role,” said head coach Darren Ambrose, who enters his 15th season overseeing the program in 2014. “Haley, Clara and Kaitlyn are all invested in the program, and I am confident they will honor the tradition of great leaders the program has seen over the years. After working with them this spring, they showed great strides in their leadership abilities. I am looking forward to watching them grow and lead this team to another successful season this fall.”
Haley Cooper appeared in 15 of Penn’s 17 matches last season, starting 13 on the back line. She was a major reason that Penn allowed just eight goals all season and finished fourth nationally in shutout percentage with 12 clean sheets. In addition to her defensive prowess, Cooper also scored against Brown and had assists against Saint Peter’s and at Old Dominion.
Clara Midgley appeared in every game for Penn last year in a forward position. She had a goal and an assist in the Quakers’ win over Fairleigh Dickinson, and also scored in the season finale against Princeton. Midgley also had assists against Saint Peter’s and NJIT.
Kaitlyn Moore started each of Penn’s first 11 games last season before missing the last six matches due to injury. A sitting midfielder, she had an assist in the Quakers’ season-opening win over Saint Peter’s, and also was part of a defense that allowed just five goals in those first 11 matches on the way to 12 shutouts for the season.
Penn finished the 2013 season with a 12-1-4 record, setting a program mark for fewest losses in a campaign. In addition, the Quakers finished second in the Ivy League standings at 5-1-1; in fact, in the last four seasons, Penn has gone a combined 19-5-4 in Ivy play. The Red and Blue return 15 letterwinners from last season, including a trio of first-team All-Ivy players in juniors Caroline Dwyer, Erin Mikolai, and goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli.