PHILADELPHIA Kara Bolger capped off an amazing week, both individually and for the field hockey team as a whole, with her selection as Ivy League Player of the Week for theperiod ending September 17. This is the first time she has received the honor.
Bolger’s selection comes after she played crucial roles in both of Penn’s victories this past week.
Penn entered Wednesday’s game against Lafayette on a four-game season-opening losing streak. Bolger’s goal at the 18:35 mark of the game proved the difference in a tight 1-0 win for the Quakers. Bolger was in the right place at the right time, following up a teammate’s shot off the post for the goal, her first of the season.
On Saturday, Penn welcomed undefeated Cornell to Franklin Field for an important Ivy League contest. With the Quakers trailing, 2-1, Bolger took over. With less than ten minutes remaining in the game, Bolger again found open space in the circle. Although her first shot was denied, she persisted and scored on her own rebound, sending the game into overtime where the Quakers eventually came out on top, 3-2. Bolger’s three shots on goal in the contest were a team high. The two goals last week give Bolger five total in 25 career games.
Head coach Val Cloud feels the honor is well-deserved.
“If the ball is there, Kara will get it in the goal,” she said, “She plays with enthusiasm and energy and is a great player to have on this team.”