Field Hockey Hosts Brown on Sunday
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania plays a its final home game of 2012 on Sunday, hosting Brown University in an Ivy League tilt on Franklin Field. The Quakers and the Bears will face off at 11 a.m.
The Series with Brown: The Quakers hold a 24-8-3 lead in the series and are 11-5-2 all-time on Franklin Field against the Bears. Penn has won five of the last six meetings between these two, including a 3-2 decision last year in Providence.
About Brown: The Bears (6-9, 1-4 Ivy) have won three in a row, most recently a 4-0 victory at Holy Cross on Wednesday night. Among those wins was a 4-3, double-overtime decision over Cornell. Meghan O'Donnell leads Brown with eight goals, while Hannah Rogers has five goals and two assists. Clayton Christus and Alexis Miller have three goals each. At the other end, Shannon McSweeney has played every minute in goal and has a 3.07 goals-against average and .774 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League: While Penn and Brown do not play until Sunday, 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).
Celebration of the Decades: As part of the day, the Penn field hockey will host "A Celebration of the Decades." Alums and former coaches from the last 40 years will be back to cheer on the Quakers, with a reception to follow. We invite back all alums to help us celebrate on this Homecoming weekend!
Playing for Kate: Penn will wear yellow socks, armbands, and headbands for Sunday's game to honor former captain Kate (Murphy) Gray and raise awareness about osteogenic sarcoma. One of the captains on Penn's 2004 Ivy League championship squad, Kate is currently in chemotherapy as she recovers from chondroblastic osteogenic sarcoma, a high-grade type of bone cancer. Because of her chemo, Kate will not be in attendance at Sunday's game.
*Another Ivy League win would give the Quakers three this season, its best total since they went 4-3 in 2008.
*Penn has also scored 40 goals this season, its best offensive output since the 2007 squad tallied 41.
*Junior Sunny Stirewalt had a goal and an assist in Penn's 3-2 win at Villanova Wednesday night. She leads Penn with eight goals this season and is tied for third on the team with 17 points.
*Stirewalt has scored a goal in four of Penn's last five games.
*Junior Amelia Cohen and freshman Elizabeth Hitti also scored in the win at Villanova; in both cases it was their sixth goals of the season. Hitti also has six assists, and is second on the team with 18 points.
*Sophomore Helene Caniglia assisted Stirewalt's winner at Villanova; she now has five assists and nine points this season.
*Penn's win at Villanova was its first against the Wildcats since 2005; perhaps more impressively, it was the first time the Quakers had won on the Main Line since 1994, ending a streak of eight losses out there.
*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 tied for second on the team in goals (7) and also has three assists for 17 points, tied with Stirewalt for third on the team.
*Sarah Hasson and Stirewalt also scored against the Bulldogs. Hasson has seven goals and is tied with Hitti for the team lead in assists, and she leads Penn with 20 points.
*Hitti is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season.
*Penn fell to Fairfield in a non-conference game on Sunday, 4-2. Caniglia scored her second goal of the season, while Katie Harrington netted her first for the Quakers.
*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, and made five stops in the Quakers' win at Villanova.
*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.
*Senior Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.