PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey lost for the first time at the new Vagelos Field on Wednesday afternoon, as the Lafayette Leopards were aggressive from the outset and walked away with a 4-0 victory.
Penn was attempting to go 7-1 for the first time in program history, but instead moves to 6-2 on the season. The Leopards are now 4-6, with four of the losses coming against ranked teams.
It took Lafayette all of 20 seconds to get on the board Wednesday afternoon. Off the opening faceoff, Haley Keenan ran the ball down the left wing, drove it into the circle, and fed the ball in front where Kristin Heaney was waiting ahead of a Penn defender. Heaney pushed the ball past Carly Sokach’s right pad, then backhanded it into the open goal.
Heaney did it herself midway through the period, driving into the circle from the top and firing a shot past Sokach’s right pad inside the far post.
The second goal seemed to wake up the Quakers. They peppered Lafayette goalie Jessica Deutsch with several corners (7) and shots (9) the rest of the stanza, with no luck as Deutsch had six first-half saves.
It was Lafayette that got things rolling to start the second half, however, and the Leopards broke through again just six minutes in. Off a corner, Lafayette’s initial shot was stopped by Sokach, but the rebound popped back out to Kelsey Gula. She calmly fed Keenan, who was behind Sokach, and Keenan easily deposited it into the empty goal.
Lafayette closed the scoring with 3:06 left off another short corner. This time Kirby Szalkowski left Ami Turner’s corner for Jenna Seybert, who rifled a shot past Sokach’s right side.
Lafayette outshot Penn, 18-11, and forced Sokach -- the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week -- to make 11 saves. At the other end, Deutsch ended with six stops and the Leopards also had a defensive save. Jasmine Cole was Penn's main offensive weapon, with seven shots.
Penn remains at home for this weekend’s game; the Quakers host Ivy League rival Dartmouth on Sunday at 11 a.m. on Ellen Vagelos Field.