PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania (3-1) field hockey team continues with their non-conference schedule this Friday when they travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Fairfield University (1-4). Game time versus the Stags is set for 4 p.m. at University Field.
The Series with Fairfield
Friday’s match marks just the third meeting in series history between the two sides with both Penn and Fairfield claiming one win each in the short rivalry. The Quakers won the most recent outing in a 4-2 victory at Vagelos Field in 2014 while the Stags equaled that effort in 2012 with a 4-2 win on their home turf. The contest will mark a return to the series after a one-year hiatus in 2015.
The Stags are 1-4 on the season and are currently riding a two-game losing streak following losses to American and Cal last weekend. They’ve been outscored 15-11 on the year through five games and are led on offense by Ann Burgoyne (3g, 4a). Nine players have tallied points for Fairfield while Caitlin Bennett has been the primary netminder in goal, notching a .595 save percentage and a 3.87 goals against average.
Get to Know the Quakers
*Junior Alexa Hoover is the current points leader for the Quakers with three goals and three assists on the season through four games. In last weekend’s overtime win over Saint Joseph’s, she became the all-time program leader in points (103), breaking a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981. Additionally, she tied for first on the all-time goals list (44) also matching a 35 year-old record by Lisa Romig.
*Hoover was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the week for her efforts last weekend for the first time during the 2016 season. It marks the fifth time in her career she’s been named the conference player of the week.
*The Quakers are seeing plenty of players contributing to the scoring effort on the season, with eight different athletes providing points thus far on the year. Alongside Hoover, Rachel Huang and Elise Tilton have also tallied three goals to their credit, while Gina Guccione and Sofia Palacios have each recorded two scores each.
*On the defensive end, all four goalkeepers on the roster have seen game action in 2016. Haley Gelberg, Reina Kern, Ava Rosati and Liz Mata have combined for a 2.43 goals against average and a .583 save percentage. Mata has seen the most minutes and has been the starting netminder through four games and has played just over 213 minutes on the season.
*The Red and Blue have totaled a 3-1 record through their first four games for the fourth time in five seasons. The Quakers also began the 2012, 2013, and 2015 seasons with the same start.