PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team is coming off a morale-boosting, 4-3 win over La Salle on Wednesday and hopes to keep that momentum going Saturday when Harvard comes to town for an Ivy League game. Both the Quakers and the Crimson lost in their Ivy openers, and will be looking to get on the winning track Saturday. Faceoff at Franklin Field is set for 11:30 a.m.
Harvard Game on PSN: Fans who can't get to Franklin Field on Saturday morning will be able to watch the game on the Penn Sports Network, which will air the game live. Click here for more information.
The Series with Harvard: The Crimson leads the series, 20-13-2, and had a 4-1 win in Cambridge a year ago as well as a 2-0 victory two seasons ago. Penn's last win came three years ago, 4-1 in Cambridge, and these two have split the last six games 3-3. Penn is 7-7-1 all-time at Franklin Field against Harvard.
About Harvard: The Crimson (1-4) opened the season with a win over Holy Cross, but have lost four in a row since then. Harvard has scored just three goals, while allowing 10. Catriona McDonald, Caroline McNeill and Noel Painter have been the goalscorers. At the other end, Cynthia Tassopoulos has started four of the five games, and has a 1.91 goals-against average and .800 save percentage.
*Penn has already matched its win total for all of last season, and is looking to gain five wins in a season for the first time since 2009.
*Elizabeth Hitti and Amelia Cohen had two goals apiece Wednesday night at La Salle, scoring all of the Quakers' four goals.
*Cohen now leads Penn in scoring, with six goals, while Julie Tahan -- who had Penn's goal last year against the Crimson -- has five and Hitti has four (to go with three assists). Penn has six goalscorers among its 20 goals.
*Sarah Hasson joins Hitti with three assists this season; they lead the team in that category. MaryRose Croddick and Helene Caniglia have two apiece, while Emily Corcoran has one.
*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn, she has a 3.99 goals-against average and a .681 save percentage. Sokach had 11 saves in Wednesday's win at La Salle, seven of them in the second half.
*Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.