NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team dominated UMass Lowell from start to finish on Sunday, easily defeating the River Hawks 5-0. The neutral-site game was played at Yale University.
Penn is now 9-2 on the season; the only team in program history to have a better record after 11 games is the Quakers' 1988 NCAA semifinalist, which was 9-1-1 at this point en route to a 14-3-1 mark for the season. UMass Lowell, a new NCAA Division I program, fell to 1-13.
Penn outshot UML 28-5, and took seven of the game's eight penalty corners. UMass Lowell goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins had 12 saves and was aided by a pair of defensive saves, while Carly Sokach went the distance in the Penn cage and had three stops for her third shutout of the season.
Jasmine Cole got Penn on the board in the 12th minute, with Emily Corcoran assisting on the goal. Sunny Stirewalt made it 2-0 just 1:32 later off a penalty corner, with Corcoran passing the ball to MaryRose Croddick who passed it to Stirewalt for the goal.
Corcoran made it 3-0 with just over 10 minutes left before halftime, unassisted, and that's how the first half ended.
Penn returns to action on Friday night, completing a three-game road trip with an Ivy League game at Columbia. The Quakers and Lions will face off at 6 p.m.