Field Hockey Hits Main Line Wednesday Night
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team plays one final non-conference game this season, traveling to the Main Line to meet Villanova Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Series with Villanova: The Wildcats lead the tightly contested series, 14-13-2, and have a 10-3-2 lead in games played on the Main Line. Villanova has won six in a row in the series, but after losing 4-0 in 2009 and 2010 Penn fell just 2-1 a year ago. The Quakers have not won at Villanova since 1994, losing eight in a row on the Main Line.
About Villanova: The Wildcats (6-11) have lost six in a row as they enter a final homestand that sees them also hosting Georgetown on Friday. Leah High leads the attack with seven goals, while freshman Kayla Kenney and sophomore Jessica Swoboda are tied with four scores. Kenney leads the team with five assists. Alex Diekmann has posted 105 stops on the season in the cage.
Around the Ivy League: While Penn does not play until Sunday, hosting Brown (1-4) at noon, the other six teams in the conference play on Saturday. Princeton (5-0) is at Cornell (3-2), while Columbia (3-2) is at Yale and Harvard (1-4) is at Dartmouth (4-1).
*Penn has also scored 37 goals this season, its best offensive output since the 2007 squad tallied 41.
*Junior captain Julie Tahan led the way in Penn's 3-2, Ivy League win over Yale last Saturday. She assisted the first two goals, then scored what would prove to be the game-winner. As a result, she was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll on Tuesday.
*Tahan is now tied for the team lead in goals (7) and also has three assists for 17 points, good for second on the team.
*Sarah Hasson and Sunny Stirewalt also scored against the Bulldogs, in both cases their seventh goals this season. Hasson leads Penn with 20 points, while Stirewalt is fourth on the team with 14 points.
*Hasson has six assists, which is tied for the team lead with freshman Elizabeth Hitti. Hitti, who has also scored five times for 16 points, is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season.
*Penn's 3-2, double-overtime loss to Columbia on Oct. 12 dropped the Quakers to 0-2 in extra-session games this year.
*Penn pitched its only shutout of the season on Oct. 7, dropping Radford 4-0 at Franklin Field.
*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn; she has a 2.86 goals-against average and a .707 save percentage. She had 13 saves in Penn's win over Yale last Saturday.
*Senior Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.