PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania (11-5, 4-2) field hockey team travels to Princeton, N.J. for their final game of the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 5 to take on the 18th-ranked Princeton Tigers (9-7, 4-2) at Bedford Field. Game time is slated for noon and marks a full day of competition across all sports in the Penn-Princeton rivalry.
Princeton enters Saturday’s matchup having dropped their last two contests, both overtime losses to Cornell and Harvard to fall to 4-2 in the Ivy League and in a tie for second place in the team standings alongside the Quakers. In the all-time series between the two sides, Princeton holds a 25-15-3 advantage: a win on Saturday would give the Red and Blue a second place finish in the league standings and their first victory over Princeton since the 2004 season.
Cat Caro leads the Tigers with 14 goals and four assists for 32 points; her 14 goals are good for second in the Ivy League and she’s averaging 0.93 goals per game. On the defensive end, Grace Baylis has started all 16 games in goal and posts a 2.03 goals against average as well as four shutouts on the season.
About the Quakers
*Junior Alexa Hoover was named the NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week and Ivy League co-Player of the Week for the second time this season (Sept. 12, Oct. 31) following her six goal, 12 point performance last week. The school record holder for goals and points continues to lead the Ivy League in points (37), goals (15) and goals per game (0.94) through 16 games.
*Senior Elise Tilton was selected to the 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Senior Game roster as an alternate on Monday. Tilton was a 2015 Second-Team NFHCA All-Region and Second-Team All-Ivy honoree last season.
*The Red and Blue became unofficial city champions amongst their division I rivals with a 6-4 win over Villanova last week. The Quakers are 4-0 against their city counterparts in 2016 and posted victories over Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Drexel and Villanova.
*10 players have posted points for Penn this season while Alexa Hoover leads the way with 15 goals and seven assists for 37 points. Her 37 points currently ranks fourth all-time in a season for Penn while her 15 tallies ties her for fourth in a single-season.
*The Quakers are looking for their first win over the Tigers dating back to 2005 on Saturday. Penn’s last victory against Princeton was on the road 12 years ago and resulted in a 2-1 win for the Red and Blue. Last season, Penn took Princeton to overtime on Vagelos Field before the Tigers netted the 2-1 game-winner.
*The Quakers are currently tied for second place with Princeton in the Ivy League standings with a 4-2 record against their conference opponent. The winner of Saturday’s contest clinches a second place finish in the Ancient Eight.
*The Quakers check in at No. 22 in the most recent NCAA RPI standings and third overall amongst Ivy schools. Harvard leads the way at No. 14 and Princeton follows at No. 15. For the second straight year, the Ivy League has the third-highest conference RPI average.
*Penn has outscored their opponents by a 43-32 margin for the season through 16 games. They’re also taking 4.4 more shots per game than their opposition and have a major advantage in penalty corners, taking 141 on the season to their oppositions 89. Their penalty corners per game (8.81) ranks second in the NCAA.
*On the defensive end, Liz Mata has been the mainstay between the posts, playing just over 1,129 minutes in cage. The junior netminder has four shutouts to her credit this season and boasts a 1.98 goals against average and a 72% save percentage.