PHILADELPHIA - There's no rest for the weary if you are a Penn field hockey player. Coming off two non-conference games last week, the Quakers are on the road two more times this week before finally coming home to play. It will be just the team's third home game this season -- they have five overall -- and the first since Sept. 25.
Before the Lions come to town, however, there is non-conference road business to attend to. Penn meets its neighbor to the North, Drexel, Wednesday night before heading across the border to face Delaware on Friday. Both games will be 7 p.m. faceoffs.
The Series with Drexel: The Quakers lead the series with the Dragons, 6-5, but Drexel has won the last three meetings including a 4-1 decision last year at Franklin Field. Penn's last win came in 2006, a 3-0 victory at Drexel's Buckley Field.
About Drexel: The Dragons (10-3) are ranked 16th in this week's Kookaburra/NFHCA National Poll, and have won seven in a row after their sweep of Old Dominion and William & Mary this past weekend. The losses have come to No. 2 Maryland, No. 5 UConn, and No. 18 Duke. Christina Mastropaolo leads a potent Drexel offense, with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. Susan Ciufo and Ashley Santee have six goals each, while Three other players have scored three times. At the other end, Jenna Phillips has a 1.53 goals-against average and 62 saves in playing every minute.
The Series with Delaware: The Quakers trail the Blue Hens, 15-9, in a series that has been off since 2007. In that game, Penn grabbed a 3-2 victory in Newark.
About Delaware: The Blue Hens (6-7) are also on a win streak, having swept Pacific and Northeastern this past weekend. Michelle Drummonds is UDel's main offensive threat, with seven goals and four assists for 18 points, while Melissa LeNoir has five goals. Three other players have two goals each. At the other end, Noelle Diana has a 2.96 GAA and has made 64 stops in playing every minute.
PLAY 4 THE CURE!!!
October is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month of the national Susan G. Komen Foundation, and in the field hockey community it is also Play 4 the Cure month. The Penn field hockey program will take part in the nationwide initiative this Sunday when the Quakers host Columbia at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.
As part of the movement to support breast cancer awareness, the Quakers will don pink socks with their home uniforms, as well as other pink accessories donated by the movement's official distributor, Longstreth Women's Sports. In addition, the team will be accepting monetary donations that will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness.
The field hockey team encourages fans to wear pink to the game in support of the Play 4 the Cure program. For more information on Play 4 The Cure, click here: http://play4thecure.com/home.
Also on Sunday...
The Penn field hockey program will welcome back members of its Classes of 1993 and 1994, who were upperclassmen and led the Quakers to back-to-back Ivy League championships in 1992 and 1993. Penn went 5-0-1 in the Ivies in 1992, then followed that up with a perfect 6-0-0 campaign in 1993 -- to date still the two best Ivy records in program history.
*Penn grabbed the lead early in Sunday's game at Temple, thanks to an unassisted goal by Annie Matthews, but were unable to hold on and fell to the Owls, 4-1.
*Kirstin Snyder, Kyle deSandes-Moyer and freshman Sunny Stirewalt lead the Quakers with two goals apiece. In addition to Matthews, two other players have one goal and one assist (Sarah Hasson, Laurel McGarvie).
*In goal, Danielle Rothman has been getting the minutes between the pipes recently. She had six saves at Temple.