PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team (6-3, 1-1) is back in action this Friday and Sunday when they travel to Dartmouth (3-6, 0-2) and host Temple (4-8, 3-5) for the continuation of the 2016 season. Game time vs. the Big Green is slated for 4 p.m. in Hanover, N.H. while the Owls and Quakers will square off at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Sunday’s contest will also serve as an alumnae reunion and Girls on the Run recognition event for those in attendance. The Red and Blue will be available for post-game autographs following the contest and as always, admission is free!
The Series with Dartmouth
Friday’s matchup marks the 41st meeting between the Ancient Eight foes with Penn leading in the all-time series 21-16-3. The Quakers have won two of the last three meetings dating back to 2013 including the 2015 edition, 3-2, in overtime in Philadelphia.
The Big Green are 3-6 on the season and own a 0-2 mark in conference play following losses to Brown and Princeton. Carmen Braceras leads the team with 11 points via five goals and one assist while eight players have posted points for Dartmouth this season.
The Series with Temple
Sunday’s contest marks the 38th meeting between the Big 5 opponents with Temple leading the all-time series at 26-11. The Red and Blue won the 2015 edition of the rivalry, 2-1, following a four-year hiatus from the matchup.
The Owls, already 12 games into their season, holds a 4-8 record with a 1-2 mark in BIG EAST games. They’re on a three game win streak with victories over Sacred Heart, Georgetown and Holy Cross and will host Old Dominion on Friday before coming to University City on Sunday. Rachel Mueller leads the team with seven goals while nine players have posted points thus far in 2016.
Get to Know the Quakers
*Penn leads the Ivy League in two statistical categories including shots per game (18.67) and penalty corners (8.89). Their 8.89 penalty corners per game ranks first in the NCAA.
*In the third RPI release of the season, the Quakers clock in at No. 17 and third overall amongst Ivy schools; Princeton leads the way at No. 10 and Harvard follows at No. 14.
*Penn has outscored their opponents by a 22-19 margin for the season through nine games. They’re also taking 5.1 more shots per game than their opposition and have roughly a 4.5% lead on their opponents on putting those shots on goal.
*All six freshmen on the roster have seen action this season, with Alexa Schneck and Chelsea Duggan leading the way by appearing in all nine games in 2016.
*Sophomore Paige Meily and senior Claire Kneizys have been mainstays on the Penn defense and have racked the most minutes on the team. Of a possible 679 minutes, Meily has only been absent for only 17 minutes the entire season.
*Junior Alexa Hoover is the current points leader through nine games with 15 points via five goals and five assists. Last weekend against Harvard, Hoover became the all-time leading goal scorer in Penn history with 46 career tallies. Earlier this season, she became the all-time program leader in points, breaking a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981.
*The Quakers are seeing plenty of players contribute to the scoring effort on the season, with eight different athletes providing points thus far in 2016. Hoover leads the team with five goals while Sofia Palacios, Rachel Huang and Gina Guccione follow closely behind the team with four goals each.
*On the defensive end, Liz Mata has been the mainstay between the posts in goal and registered a career-high 13 saves against Syracuse on Sept. 25. For the season, she’s played just over 604 minutes and boasts a 2.20 goals against average and a 69% save percentage.
*The Red and Blue have played one of their toughest schedules in recent history and have seen two of the top-ranked teams in the nation. Penn hosted then-No. 1 North Carolina on their opening weekend and traveled to No. 1 Syracuse On Sept. 25.