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*The Quakers defeated Brown 3-2 on Saturday for their 29th win in the all-time series against the Bears. Junior Alexa Hoover tallied two goals and senior Elise Tilton notched the game-winning goal for the win as the Red and Blue downed Brown on Homecoming Weekend.
*Today’s game served as Senior Day for Penn’s two graduating seniors as part of the Class of 2017: Elise Tilton and Claire Kneizys. Both serve as team captains for the 2016 Quakers.
*Saturday’s contest was also Penn’s Play4TheCure game on behalf of the National Foundation for Cancer Research. To donate to the cause, please visit Penn’s site!
*Penn returns to action next week when they travel to Princeton for the final game of the 2016 season. Game time is slated for noon at Bedford Field in Princeton, N.J.
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Senior Day was the beginning of a great afternoon for the University of Pennsylvania (11-5, 4-2) field hockey team as the Quakers defeated Brown (7-8, 2-4) 3-2 on Saturday at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Led by junior Alexa Hoover’s two scores and the game-winning goal by senior Elise Tilton, the Red and Blue posted their 29th win in series history over the visiting Bears.
The Red and Blue also honored Penn’s two graduating seniors, Elise Tilton and Claire Kneizys, for their dedication to the team over the past four years with a ceremony prior to the start of the game. It was an apropos start to the day during Penn's Homecoming Weekend which was several past Quakers in the stands cheering on the Red and Blue.
The Quakers started fast and made the most of their opportunities early in the match. Junior Alexa Hoover netted the first Penn goal 13:46 into the contest when her straight shot nailed the backboard from a Gina Guccione assist. With a 9-5 lead in shots and 6-2 advantage in corners, the Red and Blue carried the 1-0 mark into intermission.
Coming out of halftime, the Bears made things interesting with back-to-back goals at the 50:03 and 54:50 marks for the game-tying and go-ahead scores. Gina Openshaw evened the contest at 1-1 when she tapped in the ball off a scramble in front of net, while Jaclyn Torres scored on a breakaway to give Brown a 2-1 lead in the contest.
Despite the setback, Penn rallied and kept pressing on offense. Less than three minutes after Brown found themselves in the lead, Hoover connected for her 15th goal of the season on a penalty corner with a strike to the low right post.
In a fitting way to notch the game-winner, Tilton found herself in the right place at the right time when she deflected in a shot from Alexa Schneck off a penalty corner. The score came with 6:02 remaining in the contest and would be enough for Penn to hold on for the 3-2 victory as the Quakers improved to 4-2 in Ivy League games on the season.
The Quakers once again posted a significant advantage in penalty corners in the contest and had 13 on the day to Brown’s five.
On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Liz Mata tallied five saves in the win while Brown’s Katie Hammaker notched six in the defeat.
The Quakers return to action for the final game of the 2016 season when they travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers next Saturday, Nov. 5. Game time is slated for noon at Bedford Field.