Field Hockey Falls to No. 1 Syracuse, 4-0

*Penn played the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the second time this season when they traveled to Syracuse for a Sunday contest. SU pulled away with a 4-0 win over the Red and Blue.

*Today’s match marked just the fourth meeting between the two sides in series history and the first since the 2006 season.

*The contest marked a back-to-back performance for the Quakers: they started the Ivy League season on Saturday vs. Cornell and came away with a 1-0 win over their conference rival.

*Liz Mata made a career-high 13 saves on the afternoon, topping her previous best of seven stops made twice previous in her career.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team took on the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the second time this season but couldn’t come away with the victory as Syracuse pulled away for a 4-0 win over Penn on Sunday afternoon.

The Quakers hung tough during the contest and solid defending kept the Red and Blue in the match after finding themselves down just 1-0 at intermission. The Orange got on the board first just over nine minutes into the contest from a Laura Hurff goal, but Penn kept SU at bay for much of the half.

Two quick scores in just under two minutes of action increased the host lead to 3-0 in the second stanza. Roos Weers connected on a penalty corner while Annalena Ulbrich’s reverse lift in the 55th and 57th minutes gave Syracuse insurance goals as time began to wind down.

Syracuse tallied their final goal of the game in the 70th minute as time expired on a penalty corner attempt. Hurff notched her second of the game to close the contest in favor of the Orange.

The Quakers defense was impressive throughout the match and solid defending in their own circle kept SU out of scoring options. Penn goalkeeper Liz Mata notched a career-high 13 saves during the contest in an excellent effort between the posts.

Penn won’t have much time to rest before they return to action – they’ll host Drexel for a cross-city matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 27th on Ellen Vagelos Field. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.