Penn field hockey held its annual team banquet recently, handing out its annual
The Gail Lipstein
Award is given to the team’s most outstanding freshman. Elizabeth Hitti
dictated play in her first year in Philadelphia, and was one of just five players
– the only freshman – to start all 17 games. Hitti was a two-time Ivy League
Rookie of the Week and earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors. The freshman
led the team with three game-winning goals, tied for team lead in assists (6),
tied for second on the team in goals (6) and was third on the team with 18
The Ashland, Mass. native won her first Rookie of the Week
award after her collegiate debut against Lehigh on Aug. 31 – she scored one
goal and assisted another in the 5-2 win over the Mountain Hawks. Hitti put
together two outstanding performances just a few weeks later, scoring two goals
in a 4-3 win over La Salle on Sept. 19 and notching one goal and an assist in a
4-3 win over Harvard on Sept. 22. Those back-to-back performances earned her a second
Rookie of the Week award. The attacker also helped Penn defeat Villanova on the
road for the first time since 1994 on Oct. 24 by scoring the game-winning goal.
The Diane Angstadt
Award is given to the team’s most inspirational player. Sarah Hasson dominated
in her final season at Penn and earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition
for the second time in her career. The senior played in all 17 games, starting
10, and led or tied for the team lead in almost every offensive category.
Hasson led the Quakers in points (22) and shots (49), and tied for the team
lead in goals (8) and assists (6).
The Warrington, Pa. native highlighted her season on Sept.
22 when she led Penn to a 4-3 victory of Harvard. Hasson scored two goals and
assisted another, which resulted in her being recognized as the co-Ivy League
Player of the Week on Sept. 25.
The Anne Towsend
Award is given to the team’s most valuable player. Junior co-captain Julie
Tahan received this award, and it was well deserved after she earned
second-team All-Ivy honors this past season. This was her second-career team
award, as she won the Gail Lipstein award in 2010. The Morristown, N.J. native
was one of just five players to start all 17 games and tied for the team lead
with eight goals – notching a goal in each of Penn’s first four games.
Additionally, Tahan was second on the team in points (20) and shots (44), tied
for second in game-winning goals (2) and tied for third with four assists.
She had several highlights throughout the season, beginning
with her two-goal performance against Towson on Sept. 2 when she scored the
game-winner in the 4-3 victory. Tahan made the difference in a 3-2 win over
Yale on Oct. 20, assisting on the first two scores, and putting the game-winner
in the back of the cage herself. Against another Ivy rival, Brown, on Oct. 28,
the junior assisted on Penn’s only regulation goal, and then netted the
game-winner in overtime for the 2-1 win over the Bears.
Penn has continued its upward trend under head coach Colleen
Fink, and these three players can be looked at as significant reasons. The
Quakers have also added three more players for the 2013 season, and will
look to improve on its best record since 2006.