PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will meet Princeton in its final regular-season game of the 2012 season. The Quakers and the Tigers will face off at 11 a.m. at Princeton's new Bedford Field.
The Series with Princeton: The Tigers lead the series, 21-15-3, and have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 over the Quakers. Last year, Princeton earned a 3-0 win in Philadelphia.
About Princeton: The Tigers (15-1, 6-0 Ivy) are ranked No. 2 nationally and have certainly been the class of the Ivy League this year, having outscored their conference opponents 38-1. Kathleen Sharkey leads Princeton in scoring with 56 points (25g, 6a), while Katie Reinprecht has 28 points (7g, 14a). Michelle Cesan has scored eight goals, while Allison Evans has seven. At the other end, Christina Maida has a 1.21 goals-against average and a .731 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League: Penn and Princeton begin a busy final day of action. One hour later, Dartmouth (5-1) and Cornell (3-3) meet in Ithaca while Columbia (3-3) is at Harvard (1-5). At 1 p.m., Yale (2-4) is at Brown (1-5).
*With nine wins already this season, Penn has its best win total since the 2007 team went 8-9 overall. With another win, the Quakers would guarantee itself a winning record for the first time since 2006 (9-8).
*The Quakers have also won three Ivy League games this season, its best total since they went 4-3 in 2008.
*Penn has also scored 42 goals this season, which is tied with the 1988 team for the most goals in a season by a Quaker squad.
*Junior captain Julie Tahan assisted Penn's first goal last Sunday and then scored the OT winner in the Quakers' 2-1 win over Brown. Tahan has now figured in each of the Quakers' last five Ivy League goals (scoring two, assisting three).
*Tahan is now second on the team with 20 points (8g, 4a).
*Senior Sarah Hasson -- who is playing her final game wearing the Red and Blue on Saturday along with classmates Kyle deSandes-Moyer and Mandy Epstein -- scored Penn's first goal against Brown. She leads the Quakers with 22 points (8g, 6a).
*With last week's win, the Quakers improved to 1-2 in overtime games this season; previously they had lost to Appalachian State and Columbia.
*Junior Sunny Stirewalt had a goal and an assist in Penn's 3-2 win at Villanova last Wednesday. She is tied with Hasson and Tahan atop Penn's leaderboard with eight goals 17.
*Stirewalt has scored a goal in four of Penn's last six games.
*Junior Amelia Cohen and freshman Elizabeth Hitti also scored in the win at Villanova; in both cases it was their sixth goals of the season. Hitti -- a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week -- also has six assists, and is third on the team with 18 points.
*Sophomore Helene Caniglia assisted Stirewalt's winner at Villanova; she now has five assists and nine points this season.
*Penn's win at Villanova was its first against the Wildcats since 2005; perhaps more impressively, it was the first time the Quakers had won on the Main Line since 1994, ending a streak of eight losses out there.
*Tahan led the way in Penn's 3-2, Ivy League win at Yale. She assisted the first two goals, then scored what would prove to be the game-winner. As a result, she was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll on Tuesday.
*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn; she has a 2.67 goals-against average and a .709 save percentage. She had a season-high 13 saves in Penn's win over Yale.
*Sokach has also stopped two penalty strokes this season, against Harvard and Brown.
*Penn pitched its only shutout of the season on Oct. 7, dropping Radford 4-0 at Franklin Field.
*Senior Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.