PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly awards in field hockey, and University of Pennsylvania junior goalkeeper Carly Sokach has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week.
This marks the second straight week a Penn player has been so honored by the Ivy League. Last week, freshman forward Jasmine Cole shared Player of the Week honors and also took Ivy League Rookie of the Week recognition. Sokach is the first Penn player since Kara Bolger in 2007 to earn Player of the Week by herself. With Sokach and Cole both receiving the honor this season, it marks the first time since 2004 that Penn has won Player of the Week honors in different weeks of the same season.
Sokach earned the weekly honor after making 12 saves while not allowing a goal in Penn's 1-0 Ivy League victory at Harvard on Saturday afternoon. It marked the second shutout in three games for the junior, and her third double-figure save total this season (also 11 saves in a 2-1 loss at Bucknell, and 12 in a 4-3 win over Cornell).
For the season, Sokach has a .797 save percentage and a 1.86 goals-against average. In the last five games, however, the save percentage is up (.851) while the goals-against is down (1.40).
With Sokach as the backstop, the Quakers are 6-1 overall, their best start since 1993, and are 2-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 2001. Penn hosts Lafayette on Wednesday at 4 p.m., then entertains Dartmouth on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both of those games will take place on the new Ellen Vagelos Field.