PHILADELPHIA - After playing the majority of its games away from Franklin Field last season, Penn field hockey will have a much stronger home presence as it hosts nine contests during the 2011 season. Last year, under then first-year head coach Colleen Fink, the Quakers' season was highlighted by back-to-back overtime victories at Franklin Field against Columbia and Saint Joseph's.
Now in her second season, Fink will look to carry some of that momentum from those late season victories into 2011. Her squad will open up the 2011 campaign when it travels to the nation's capital on Friday, September 2 for a game with American University. The Quakers will also travel to Towson a week later and then take on cross-town rival Saint Joseph's in a rematch of last year's overtime thriller to start out the season.
Penn will have one non-conference game at home against Lafayette on Wednesday, September 14 before Ivy League play begins. The Quakers open the Ivy League schedule against Cornell on Saturday, September 17. The team will also host Dartmouth and Yale at home, along with the regular season finale against Princeton on November 4 at Franklin Field in Ivy League action. La Salle, UC Davis, and Appalachian State will also come to Penn in non-conference action throughout the year.
In addition to the three road games to open the season, Penn will travel to Ivy League opponents Harvard, Columbia, and Brown in 2011. The Quakers will also visit regional opponents Lehigh and Rider during the month of October.
Returning for Penn, Kirstin Snyder, Julie Tahan, and Sarah Hasson all recorded seven points a season ago, which is the highest amongst returning players. Snyder and Tahan each tallied three goals to go along with one assist, while Hasson scored twice and assisted on three goals last season. Sunny Stirewalt and Kyle deSandes-Moyer also scored two goals each a year ago for Penn. In addition, Amelia Cohen, Mandy Epstein, Erin Healy, and Caroline Olt each saw significant starting time in 2010.
In goal, Kieran Sweeney and Danielle Rothman split time last season. Sweeney saw a majority of the action early, playing in 10 games, starting seven, and picking up the shutout win against William & Mary. Rothman saw more and more time as the season went on, playing in 13 games and starting 10. She picked up the win in the two overtime victories over Columbia and Saint Joseph's.
Overall, the Quakers return 14 letterwinners from a season ago. They will have to deal with the loss of captains Annie Matthews and Laurel McGarvie to graduation. McGarvie was an All-Ivy selection last year.
2011 Field Hockey Schedule
|Fri, Sep 02||American||at Washington, D.C.||3 p.m.|
|Fri, Sep 09||Towson||at Towson, Md.||6 p.m.|
|Sun, Sep 11||Saint Joseph's||at Philadelphia, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|Wed, Sep 14||Lafayette||Franklin Field||7:15 p.m.|
|Sat, Sep 17||Cornell *||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Wed, Sep 21||Villanova||Franklin Field||7:15 p.m.|
|Sat, Sep 24||Harvard *||at Cambridge, Mass.||Noon|
|Wed, Sep 28||La Salle||Franklin Field||7:15 p.m.|
|Sat, Oct 01||Dartmouth *||Franklin Field||Noon|
|Sat, Oct 08||UC Davis||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Wed, Oct 12||Lehigh||at Lehigh, Pa.||7 p.m.|
|Fri, Oct 14||Columbia *||at New York, N.Y.||6 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct 16||Appalachian State||Franklin Field||11 a.m.|
|Sun, Oct 23||Yale *||Franklin Field||1 p.m.|
|Wed, Oct 26||Rider||at Lawrenceville, N.J.||7 p.m.|
|Sat, Oct 29||Brown *||at Providence, R.I.||Noon|
|Fri, Nov 04||Princeton *||Franklin Field||7:15 p.m.|