PHILADELPHIA – After a long layoff of nine days between games, No. 12 Penn returns to action on Tuesday as the Quakers take on No. 19 Georgetown in a neutral-site game at The McDonogh School in Baltimore at 6:30 p.m.
The Quakers (5-2, 2-0 Ivy) will be playing the Hoyas (3-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) for just the second time in program history. The first meeting an 11-9 win for Georgetown on March 21, 2012 at Franklin Field.
Penn will be playing a regular season neutral-site game for the first time since April 26, 1984 when the Quakers took on Penn State at Temple in a 13-7 loss. Since then, Penn has played eight games at neutral sites – each in the NCAA Tournament and Penn is 5-3 in those games. All-time in neutral-site contests, Penn is 9-6.
The Red and Blue will be taking on their third ranked team of the season and are looking for their first win against a team inside the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Penn’s two other games against Top-20 teams have been against No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Maryland.
Meg Markham and Allie Martin give Penn two of the top 20 players in Division I in terms of caused turnovers. Markham leads the nation with an average of 3.29 caused turnovers-per-game, while Martin is 19th in the nation and third among Ivy players with 1.86 caused turnovers-per-game. As a team, Penn is first in the Ivy League and sixth overall among Division I programs, causing 11.0 turnovers per game.
10 different players have scored goals for the Quakers this season – led by Tory Bensen who has 17. Lely DeSimone has 12 goals, the only other Quaker in double figures after seven games. Nina Corcoran and Lindsey Smith each have eight goals to rank third on the team, Corcoran ranking second on the team in overall points with 18 on the strength of her team-leading 10 assists.
Lucy Ferguson has started all seven games in goal for the Quakers, and has played 384:50 minutes. She has posted an 8.73 goals-against average (fourth in the Ivy League and 27th in the NCAA) and a .462 save percentage (fourth in the Ivy League and 28th among all Division I goalkeepers.)
The Hoyas have struggled to find consistency this season, starting the season 3-6. After a 3-1 start to the campaign, the Hoyas have lost five in a row – including four at home. The lone road loss in the five-game skid came at No. 1 North Carolina, 18-11. Three of the losses during the losing streak have been by one goal – two in overtime and most recently a 14-13 loss to Louisville.
The Hoyas have been involved in many high-scoring affairs to this point in 2014, with teams combining for an average of 24.34 goals-per-game when the Hoyas are involved. An 8-5 loss at No. 15 Loyola is the only game in 2014 where both teams didn’t reach double figures.
Georgetown has extended itself in its schedule to start 2014, with seven of nine games against teams ranked in the Top-20 at the time of the game.
The Hoyas have an edge on the draw, where they have totaled 121 (13.4 per game) to 55 for Penn (7.9 per game) and Georgetown enters the game ranking 20th in the country in draws-per-game. Reilly Woodman is second in the BIG EAST and leads the team with 29 draw controls.
Five different players have 13 or more goals for the Hoyas this season, led by Caroline Tarzian who has 19. A third-team All-American in 2013 who had 50 points in 2013, Tarzian played for the US National Team in 2012 under Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried. She had a goal and three assists the last time Penn played Georgetown. 2013 second-team All-Region selection Kelyn Freedman is second on the team with 16 goals and 21 points.
The Hoyas have had three goalies see considerable time this season, with Barb Black posting a 3-2 record over seven games but has a 12.49 GAA and a .250 save percentage. Overall as a team, the Hoyas are saving opponents shots at a clip at a rate of just .271.