PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly awards for field hockey, and University of Pennsylvania junior goalkeeper Carly Sokach has earned co-Ivy League Player of the Week honors. She shares the award with Dartmouth's Ali Savage.
This is the second time that Sokach has won the award this season, and once again it was well-deserved. The junior tied a career high with 15 saves without allowing a goal through regulation and two overtimes of a 0-0 tie with Yale. The game then went to penalties, and Sokach stopped the Bulldogs' first three attempts before allowing a goal on the fourth attempt. On the fifth attempt, with Yale hoping to extend the penalties, Sokach was called for a trip on the Yale attacker, who was given a penalty stroke. Sokach then saved the stroke to give Penn the victory.
Sokach entered the week ranked 11th nationally in save percentage (.775) and 14th in saves per game (7.14). She has six games with at least 10 saves this season.
With Saturday's win, Penn is now 11-3 overall; more importantly, the Quakers are 4-1 in Ivy League play and remain just a game back of first-place Princeton in the conference standings. After a final non-conference game on Wednesday against Villanova, Penn is at Brown on Saturday. If the Quakers win that, they will meet Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 9 knowing that a win over the Tigers will clinch at least a share of the Ivy title.