PHILADELPHIA – It doesn’t get much better than this.
No. 10 Penn enters the penultimate week of Ivy League play with two prime chances to improve its Ivy League Tournament seeding and stay within reach of grabbing a share of the Ivy title.
The Quakers (10-2, 3-1 Ivy League) play two of the teams ahead of them in the Ivy standings this week, starting with a crucial mid-week tilt against No. 6 Princeton (10-2, 4-0 Ivy) on Wednesday at Franklin Field. On Saturday, the Red and Blue venture to Cambridge to play Harvard (8-5, 4-1 Ivy).
The Red and Blue need one win to secure its eighth consecutive Ivy League Tournament appearance and maintain their status as the only Ivy team to play in each ILT since the Tournament began in 2010. Cornell (5-0 in Ivy play) has clinched its Tournament berth, as has the Crimson. The winner of Wednesday’s Penn-Princeton game will secure its trip, and the loser will still have two cracks at the win needed to secure postseason play.
Columbia (2-3 in Ivy League) and Yale (1-4) have outside shots at stealing a bid, but each would need to win their final two games and hope for serious help along the way.
Notes to Know…
• Penn is 20-23-2 all-time against Princeton, the Quakers are 18-21-2 against the Tigers in the regular season.
• At home, Penn is 12-11 all-time against Princeton – with an 11-10 record in the regular season.
• The Quakers are 9-5 in their last 14 meetings with the Tigers dating back to 2007.
• Last year, the Quakers stormed out to a 4-0 lead just 5:38 into the game at Princeton and never trailed en route to a 12-7 win. Alex Condon had three goals, while Nina Corcoran had two goals and five assists for seven points.
• Penn is 27-17 all-time against Harvard and 24-17 in the regular season.
• Penn has won 19 in a row against the Crimson dating back to 2001, including 16 straight regular season games.
• Last year, Penn won a pair of one-goal games against the Crimson – both at Franklin Field.
• Caroline Cummings netted the game-winner in overtime of the Ivy League Tournament semifinals to give Penn a 6-5 win. In the regular season, Penn held off the Crimson, 8-7. Alex Condon had all three of Penn’s goals in the second half.
• Wednesday’s game will match the Ivy League’s top scoring offense in League play (Princeton, 16.3 goals per game) vs. the Ancient Eight’s stingiest defense in conference contests (Penn, 6.3 goals per game).
• The Ivy League’s two top goalkeepers will match up on Wednesday. Penn’s Britt Brown leads the Ivy League in GAA (7.17) while Princeton’s Ellie DeGarmo (.570) has a slight lead over Brown (.569) in save percentage.
• Penn has three of the Ivy League’s top-12 scorers – the only Ivy team with three players inside the top-12. Alex Condon, Caroline Cummings, and Emily Rogers-Healion each have 40 points to tie for the team lead.
• Cummings is No. 5 in the Ivy League in goals scored with 36. Condon ranks No. 9 with 29.
• Rogers-Healion is No. 6 in the Ivy League in assists with 19
• Katy Junior’s 29 caused turnovers lead the Ivy League. Her 33 ground balls are No. 6 in the Ivy League.
• Erin Barry is No. 7 in the Ivy League in draw controls with 32.
• Caroline Cummings, Emily Rogers-Healion, and Gabby Rosenzweig are the only Quakers with points in all 12 games this season.
• Cummings is averaging 4.0 points over her last six games.
• Rogers-Healion has scored six points in each of her last two games, and is averaging 4.1 points over her last eight games.
• Freshman Gabby Rosenzweig has totaled nine points over her last two games, including a career-high five last time out at Columbia.
• The Tigers are 10-2 overall and 4-0 inside the Ivy League.
• Princeton has won five of its last six games, the lone loss an 18-12 defeat at No. 1 Maryland.
• The Tigers are averaging 16.3 goals per game in Ivy League play and have scored 55 over their last three Ivy games after netting just 10 against Brown in their Ivy opener.
• 2016 All-American Olivia Hompe leads the Tigers with 64 points on 47 goals and 17 assists. Her 47 goals are the most in the Ivy League this season. She is 10-for-14 on free positions.
• Freshman Tess D’Orsi is second on the Tigers with 30 goals and 38 points.
• Junior Colby Chanenchuk’s 27 assists are a career high and lead the Tigers.
• The Tigers spread the wealth on the draw. No player has more than 22 (Elizabeth George), but six players have 13 or more.
• Senior Madeline Rodriguez leads the Tigers with 16 caused turnovers.
• Rodriguez is joined by DeGarmo and Amanda Leavell with 23 ground balls to lead the team.
• Princeton plays at Cornell on Saturday.
Concerning the Crimson…
• Harvard is 8-5 overall this season, and 4-1 inside the Ivy League.
• The Crimson have won three of their last four, their lone loss a 20-5 defeat at Princeton.
• Harvard is 5-2 at home this season.
• Harvard has scored exactly as many goals as it has conceded in Ivy League play this season (65).
• Marisa Romeo leads Harvard and ranks No. 3 in the Ivy League with 63 points. Her 43 goals are No. 2 in the Ivy League.
• Sophomore Keeley MacAfee is second on the Crimson with 38 points.
• Senior Marina Burke’s 23 caused turnovers are tops on the Crimson.
• Senior Maeve McMahon leads Harvard and ranks No. 3 in the Ivy League with 57 draw controls.
• Meredith Brown has started all 13 games in goal. She is 7-5 with an 11.73 GAA and a .386 save percentage.