Field Hockey takes on Princeton for Senior Night
PHILADELPHIA - Field hockey is closing out the 2011 season strong, winning two of the last four games, while also scoring first and holding a lead in each of those four contests. In its last time out, Penn won its first road game 2011 against Brown, a 3-2 come-from-behind victory, rallying from down 2-1. The final game of 2011 will bring Princeton to Franklin Field for senior night. Penn's five seniors will be playing their final game at Franklin Field and looking to spoil Princeton's season, while the Tigers (8-7, 5-1 Ivy) comes into the Ivy League game in first place and will be looking to clinch the Ivy League championship.
Penn vs. Princeton - Friday, November 4 - 7:15 p.m.
The series with Princeton...
*Penn is just 16-20-3 all-time against Princeton and has been outscored 94-51 in the all-time series.
*However, at Franklin Field, Penn is 13-10-1 against the Tigers with Princeton holding the 43-40 edge in goals.
*Penn's last win in the series came back in 2004 when the Quakers knocked off the Tigers 2-1 on the road, helping the Quakers clinch their most recent Ivy League title and snapping 10-game winning streak Princeton had over the Quakers.
*Last season, Princeton defeated Penn 10-0 in the season finale at Princeton. Abigail Egan and Julie Tahan each recorded shots in that contest, while Kieran Sweeney played the entire second half and made 10 saves during that time.
*Before the game, Penn's five outgoing seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony. The Field Hockey Class of 2012 has played in a combined 239 games, including 150 starts during their time at Penn.
*Abigail Egan served as one of two team captains for the 2011 season and has played in 49 games during her Penn career, starting two. She scored her first collegiate goal as a freshman against Cornell and recorded the game-winning goal against Vermont during her sophomore season. She also has four career assists and a total of eight points.
*Erin Healy has played in 35 games, starting 16. A season ago, she started 15 games and played in all 17 games. Playing as a defensive midfielder, she recorded her first collegiate shot against Monmouth in her sophomore season and took two shots during her junior season.
*Caroline Olt has played in 58 games, and has started 50 consecutive games; a streak that started at the beginning of her sophomore season. She has also served as one of Penn's two captains this season. Playing defense, Olt scored her first goal at Penn against Columbia to tie the game as junior and had an assist against Saint Joseph's that same season. She has also recorded four defensive saves, including two last season.
*Kirstin Snyder has played in 53 games, starting 43, including every game over her junior and senior seasons. She currently has 10 goals and five assists for 25 points during her career. Her first two career goals came against New Hampshire in her sophomore season. As a junior she had three goals and this year has a career-best five goals.
*Kieran Sweeney has seen action as the goalie in 44 games, starting 39. She has amassed 2,694:05 of playing time in goal at Penn with a save percentage of .723 and a goals against average of .283 for her career. She has also recorded 10 wins in the past three seasons and five shutouts, including two this season. She ranks 16th nationally in career save percentage among active goalies and 15th nationally in saves.
*Princeton received seven votes in the most recent national poll. The Tigers are 5-1 in the Ivy League and tied for first place. They beat Yale, who is also 5-1 in the Ivy League, earlier this season, 3-2.
*Princeton is averaging 2.47 goals per game this season, third best in the Ivy League.
*The Tigers are averaging just under 14 shots per game and just over seven penalty corners per contest.
*Ten different players have tallied a goal for Princeton, while 14 have recorded a point.
*Allison Evans has a team-high 10 goals and 25 points.
*Sydney Kirby has eight goals and a team-high seven assists, while Amanda Bird has seven goals. Kirby has a team-high 49 shots and is tied for the team-lead in shots on goal (25) with Evans.
*Three different players have each scored three goals this season, while four players have each scored once for Princeton.
*Three different players, Kelsey Byrne, Alyssa Pyros, and Bird each have one defensive save this season.
*In goal, Christina Maida has played in 14 games and started 13. She has two shutouts and has been in goal for all eight of Princeton's victories. She is allowing 2.10 goals per game and has a save percentage of .659.
The Penn attack...
*Penn has scored first in each of the last four games. The Quakers have now scored a goal in 15 straight games. This is tied for the 11th longest active streak in Division I and Penn's longest streak since a 22-game streak started on September 24, 2006 and carried through October 12, 2007.
*Twelve different players have taken a shot for Penn this year. The Quakers have taken 10-plus shots in nine different games this season, including a season-high 27 their last time out against Brown. Penn is now averaging seven penalty corners per game, third best in the Ivy League and 12 shots per game.
*Alex Iqbal had her second multi goal game of the season against Brown, scoring the first goal and the game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory. She has recorded 11 points in the last four games, including five goals. Iqbal has taken a shot in 11 straight games and 13 of the last 14 games, including a season-high six shots against Brown.
*Kirstin Snyder scored the game-tying goal against Brown. She now has five goals this season. She has scored a goal in four of the last five games and has a point in five of the last six games for a total of nine points over the last five games.
*Julie Tahan owns the team-high in goals (6), assists (8), points (20), shots (66), and shots on goal (44). She assisted on Snyder's goal against Brown and now has a point in each of Penn's last eight games. She took a season-high 13 shots with six shots on goal against Brown. She now ranks second in the Ivy League in shots and fourth in the Ivies in assists.
*Helene Caniglia has four goals this season on just eight shots. She also has two assists. Caniglia has recorded a shot in each of the last two games and three of the last four. She is tied for fourth in the Ivy League with two game-winning goals.
*Emily Corcoran has two goals and two assists during her freshman season. She is third on the team in shots (31) and shots on goal (21). Against Brown was the first time all season that she did not start. She came off the bench to take two shots in that game.
*Sarah Hasson has started each of the last 12 games for Penn. She has a recorded a point in three of the last eight games. Both of her goals have come during that span. She has a total of 11 shots this season, nine on goal.
*Kyle deSandes-Moyer has started 11 games and played in a total of 14 games this season. She has taken three shots. The game against Brown was just the second time all season that she did not get any playing time.
*Abigail Egan recorded her first assist of the season against Appalachian State and has one shot this season. She has played in 11 games this season, including four of the last five games.
*Amelia Cohen has played in all 16 games this season and started her fourth game of the season at Brown. She took two shots in the game against Brown and now has a total of five for the season.
*Sunny Stirewalt has seen playing time in four games this season. She has taken a shot in every other game that she has seen playing time in.
*Camille Parry took her first shot of the season against Rider. The freshman has played in four games this season.
*MaryRose Croddick has one shot after coming up from her defensive position to record her first and only shot against Lehigh.
*Four attacking players - Snyder, Tahan, Iqbal, and Caniglia have started all 16 games this season for Penn. Cohen, Corcoran, and Hasson have each played in every game this season.
The Penn defense...
*Kieran Sweeney is one of two Ivy League goalies to record a shutout this season, along with her counterpart Friday night. She is fourth in the Ivy League in saves (111) and save percentage (.735). She is also seventh in goals against average (2.78).
*Carly Sokach has played in three games, totaling 131:47 of playing time. She has a save percentage of .607 and a goals against average of 5.84. For the season, she has 17 saves overall, 10th most in the Ivy League.
*Penn has made eight defensive saves this season; tied for second most in the Ivy League to Columbia's 12.
*The Quakers have three of the 11 players in the Ivy League with multiple defensive saves.
*The back line defensive of Olt, Epstein, and Croddick has started every game this season. Sweeney has started all but the first game in goal.
*Olivia Olt saw her first action of the season in the back against Appalachian State.
*Overall, seven players have started all 16 games for Penn this season. Eleven players have played in every game this season.
*Six freshmen have started at least one game for Penn this season, while seven have seen playing time.
For Good Measure...
*Benvenuti played in each of the first four games before suffering an injury. Weisenfels was unable to get onto the field this season, but being just a freshman has many more years ahead of her at Penn.
Up next: The off-season. Penn's game with Princeton will be the final game of the 2011 season for field hockey. After this game, it will begin preparations for next year. Despite the loss of five seniors, Penn will return 17 players in the 2012 season from this year's roster.