PHILADELPHIA - After a weekend out of conference play, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has almost a week off from any game action before getting back into Ivy League action on Friday night. The Quakers host Columbia at 6:15 p.m. on Franklin Field.
The Series with Columbia: The Quakers hold a 10-6 lead in the series and are 7-1 all-time on Franklin Field against the Lions. Two years ago, Penn gained a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia. Last year's meeting in New York was all Columbia, a 4-1 decision.
About Columbia: The Lions (7-4, 2-1 Ivy) fell to Albany in its most recent action, last Sunday. Columbia's wins in Ivy play have come over Cornell (2-1) and Brown (4-1), with the loss coming to Princeton. Gabby Kozlowski and Liz Malone have eight goals apiece to lead Columbia's offense, while Bridget DeSandis and Paige Simmons have seven assists each and Katie DeSandis has six assists. Christie O'Hara has played a majority of the minutes in goal and has a 2.64 goals-against average and .753 save percentage, but three other women have seen time between the pipes.
Around the Ivy League: Penn and Columbia have the only Friday night game, as the other six teams will be in action on Saturday with noon starts. Princeton (3-0) hosts Brown (0-3), Yale (1-2) is at Dartmouth (2-1), and Cornell (2-1) is at Harvard (1-2).
*With six wins already this season, Penn has its best win total since 2008. With a win on Friday, the Quakers would have their best win total since the 2007 team went 8-9 overall.
*Penn has also scored 30 goals already this season, its best offensive output since 2009 (also 30); the last Quaker team to score more than 30 goals was the 2007 squad, which had 41.
*Penn pitched its first shutout of the season on Sunday, dropping Radford 4-0 at Franklin Field.
*On offense, four different players scored the Quakers' four goals, including sophomores Helene Caniglia and Emily Corcoran who had their first tallies of the season. They became the seventh and eighth different players to score for Penn this season.
*Junior captain Julie Tahan also scored on Sunday, her sixth tally of the season which ties her with senior Sarah Hasson as the team leader in that category.
*Junior Sunny Stirewalt had Penn's first goal Sunday, her fifth of the season. She is tied for third on the team in goals, behind Hasson and Tahan, with junior Amelia Cohen and freshman Elizabeth Hitti.
*Hitti had a pair of assists in Sunday's win, giving her a team-high six. She is tied with Hasson atop the points table, both have 16.
*Last Wednesday, the Quakers gave 13th-ranked Lafayette a battle through one half on Wednesday night, but three quck goals in the second allowed the Leopards to win, 5-1, in Easton.
*Hasson had both of Penn's goals in the loss, her second two-goal game in the Quakers' last three contests. Caniglia assisted Hasson's first-half goal, while Corcoran had the assist on her second-half tally.
*Hasson was the co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 24, while Hitti is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
*MaryRose Croddick has two assists this season, while freshman Alex Agathis collected her first collegiate point with an assist in Sunday's win over Radford.
*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn; she has a 2.89 goals-against average and a .701 save percentage. Sokach had eight saves in Penn's 2-0 loss at Dartmouth on Sept. 29, earning a spot on the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll for putting up save-percentage and GAA numbers that surpassed her season totals.
*Senior Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.
Penn is at Yale next Saturday for a noon faceoff, then stays in Connecticut overnight and takes on Fairfield Sunday in a non-conference matchup that will start at 1 p.m.