PHILADELPHIA - The Penn field hockey team closes out the 2010 season this Friday night with a meeting against perennial Ivy League powerhouse Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers will face off at 6 p.m. on Princeton's Class of '52 Stadium.
The Quakers are coming off a heartbreaking, 3-2 loss to Brown in the home finale last Sunday. That game was scoreless through the halftime before picking up significantly in the second stanza. On Friday, Penn will face a team with a relentless offense -- Princeton has outscored its previous six Ivy opponents this season, 36-5.
Around the League: The Penn-Princeton matchup kicks off the final weekend of play in the Ivy League. On Saturday, Cornell (4-2) hosts Dartmouth (3-3) at noon, followed by a pair of 1 p.m. game. One features the only team that has a chance to tie Princeton in the event of a Penn win Friday, as Yale (5-1) is at Brown (2-4). The other game has Columbia (2-4) at Harvard (1-5).
The Series with Princeton: The Tigers lead the series 19-15-3, and have won five in a row over the Quakers. Penn's last win in the series came during the Quakers' 2004 Ivy League championship campaign, when they defeated the Tigers in Princeton, 2-1. All-time, Penn is 5-10-2 at Princeton.
About Princeton: Talk about a dynasty -- the Tigers (12-4, 6-0) have already clinched a share of their sixth straight Ivy League title, and the 16th in the last 17 years. Princeton -- which has won 23 Ivy League games in a row -- is ranked sixth nationally, the only Ivy team in the Top 20. Kathleen Sharkey leads the nation with 28 goals and 63 points. Michelle Cesan has 10 goals. At the other end, Penn has allowed just five goals in Ivy play and boasts a 1.19 GAA overall.
*After going 0-4 in overtime games a year ago, Penn is 2-0 in such games this season.
*After scoring just three goals over a nine-game span, and a total of 10 goals in their first 12 games, the Quakers scored nine goals in their three most recent home games.
*Playing their final home game wearing the Red and Blue, seniors Annie Matthews and Laurel McGarvie combined to score Penn's second goal against Brown; they are tied for the team lead with eight points.
*Freshman Julie Tahan had Penn's other goal against Brown, converting a penalty stroke; she had a game-high seven shots in the game, including four on goal.
*Tahan -- who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, Penn's first Ivy honor this season -- is tied with McGarvie, Matthews and junior Kirstin Snyder for the team lead in goals (3).
*Sophomore Sarah Hasson, who had a goal and two assists in Penn's win over Saint Joseph's, leads the Quakers with three assists and also has two goals.
*Junior Caroline Olt, who takes Penn's penalty corners, scored in Penn's Ivy League win against Columbia for her first collegiate goal. Three days later, against Saint Joseph's, she had an assist -- also her first as a collegian.
*In goal, Danielle Rothman has a 5.41 goals-against average and 71 saves in 665 minutes of action.