PHILADELPHIA - Field hockey midfielder Alex Iqbal was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after turning in a hat trick in the team's victory over Appalachian State to go along with an assist in the game against Lehigh. These seven points were the first during the freshman's time at Penn.
Iqbal started out the week with an assist against Lehigh for her first point of the season. She also tied her season-high with four shots in the contest. Sunday against Appalachian State, Iqbal was instrumental in Penn's offensive breakout. After the Quakers established an early 2-1 lead, Iqbal found the back of the net for each of Penn's last three goals, including a couple of diving finishes. She recorded a shot on goal in each of the three games this past week, taking a total of eight shots with seven going on goal.
With the help of Iqbal, Penn scored nine goals in its three games this week. This was Penn's highest offensive output in a three-game span since 2008, when the Quakers scored 10 times in three games against Columbia, Temple, and Yale. Iqbal's hat trick was also the first since Laurel McGarvie accomplished that feat in 2009 against Saint Francis (Pa.).
Iqbal is currently tied for third on the team in goals (3) and is fourth on the team in points (7). The freshman is also fourth on the team in shots (22) and shots on goal (11). She is one of eight players and four freshmen on the team to start all 13 games this season.
This is the first time this season that Penn has had a player of the week. Iqbal becomes the first Quaker to win Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Julie Tahan did so last season during the week of November 2. Speaking of Tahan, she was named to the weekly honor roll after scoring two goals and recording three assists this past week. Tahan currently leads the team in every offensive category.
Field hockey will be back in action this Sunday when Yale, one of five teams currently tied for first-place in the Ivy League, comes to Franklin Field for a 1 p.m. game.