PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers (3-2) open their Ivy League schedule with a game at Cornell (0-4) Saturday at noon at Marsha Dodson Field in Ithaca, N.Y.
• The familiar foes also opened up the 2011 Ivy League season against each other at Franklin Field.
SERIES VS. CORNELL
• Saturday will be the 35th all-time matchup for the Ivy League rivals.
• The Quakers hold a 22-12 lead over Cornell in the series.
• Last season, Penn defeated the Big Red 1-0 with Emily Corcoran scoring the lone goal.
• Cornell has yet to put one in the W column this year, falling to Lock Haven, North Carolina, Bucknell and Penn State.
• The Big Red haven't scored more than one goal in a game this season and were shutout in their last game against Penn State.
• 2011 Second team All-Ivy selection Hannah Balleza (Jr.) leads the Big Red with one goal and one assist this season. Fellow Junior Brittany Johnson also has three points (1g, 1a) so far.
• Carolyn Horner (Jr.) has started the last three games making 39 saves with a .796 save percentage.
CLIMBING THE IVY
• As of Sept. 11, Penn leads the Ivy League in goals per game (16) and penalty corners (37).
• The Quakers are one of three teams (Princeton, Columbia) with a positive scoring margin and rank third in the league in assists (12).
• Five Quakers are in the Top 10 in points- Julie Tahan (T-3), Elizabeth Hitti (T-5), Sunny Stirewalt, Sarah Hasson and Amelia Cohen (T-7).
• Tahan ranks second in goals (5) per game and Cohen is tied for third (4).
• The Red and Blue also place four on the assist list- Hitti (T-3), Helene Caniglia, MaryRose Croddick and Hasson (T-5).
• Sophomore goalie Carly Sokach is fifth in the Ivy League in saves so far in 2012.
• Penn lost its first home game of the season to Rider 3-0 Wednesday night.
• After two early goals by the Broncs' Sandra Penas, the Quakers held Rider scoreless for over 25 minutes in the second half.
•Helene Caniglia made her first defensive save of the year and Carly Sokach matched her career-high with six saves, giving up just three goals on 13 Rider shots.
• "I thought we played really well from the midfield and we possessed the ball really well", said Head Coach Colleen Fink. "The early goals were a result of some people not executing our gameplan we came in with. Once they saw it first hand, [Penas] was shut out for the rest of the game".
• Penn started off its first roadtrip strong against Liberty (2-3) Saturday, jumping out to a 4-1 lead by the second half before finally closing out a 5-4 victory.
• Amelia Cohen (2g), Tahan, Stirewalt and Hasson all found the back of the goal.
• After Saturday's win, the Quakers faced their first setback Sunday with a 3-2 overtime loss to Appalachian State (2-3).
• Hitti opened scoring off a pass from Sarah Hasson to give the Quakers an early 1-0 lead. She later found Tahan for the second goal of the game.
HOT START AT HOME
• The Quakers kicked off 2012 with a big 5-2 against Lehigh and a 4-3 victory over Towson.
• Penn had five different goal scorers for its five goals versus Lehigh.
• The Quakers started 2-0 for the first time under Head Coach Colleen Fink and won the season opener for the first time since 2008.
HITTI AND COHEN GRAB WEEKLY HONOR ROLL NODS
• Freshman Elizabeth Hitti followed up her Ivy League Rookie of the Week award with a Weekly Honor Roll nod. The freshman had a hand in each of the Quakers' goals against Appalachian State. She scored once and added an assist on a Tahan goal in the overtime loss.
• Junior Amelia Cohen was named to her first Ivy League Honor Roll after the first multi-goal game of her career against Liberty Saturday. Cohen already has four goals on the season.
SIX NEWCOMERS JOIN THE RANKS
• Third-year Head Coach Colleen Fink welcomes a six-player freshman class for the 2012 season.
• The talented group is made up of Alex Agathis (Bedminster, N.J.), Emily Guthier (Jamison, Pa.), Lauren Hunter (Hightown, N.J.), Elizabeth Hitti (Ashland, Mass.), Megan Johnston (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Neela Mahanty (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
• The Quakers have another mid-week game at La Salle on Wednesday, Sept. 19 before hosting Harvard at Franklin Field Saturday Sept. 22 at 11:30 before the football home opener at 3:30.