PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team (6-2, 1-0) returns to Ivy League action this weekend when they host the Harvard Crimson (4-4, 1-0) at Ellen Vagelos Field. Game time is scheduled for Noon on Sunday, October 2nd.
Sunday’s match will also serve as Youth Day for the Quakers. The first 100 kids will receive a free t-shirt and the team will be on hand for a post-game autograph session following the contest. Additionally, there will be a poster making station and a trivia contest as well as prizes for those in attendance. As always, admission is free!
The Series with Harvard
Sunday’s matchup marks the 40th meeting between the Ancient Eight foes with Penn trailing in the all-time series at 17-20-2. The Quakers have won the last four outings dating back to 2012.
The Crimson are 4-4 on the season are own a 1-0 mark in conference play with their 2-0 win over Yale last week. They’ll travel to No. 13 Boston University on Friday before making the trip to Philadelphia on Sunday. Senior Marissa Balleza leads the team with 12 points and five goals while nine players have provided points this season.
Get to Know the Quakers
*Penn leads the Ivy League in two statistical categories including shots per game (19.62) and penalty corners (9.38). Their 9.38 penalty corners per game ranks second in the NCAA.
*In the second RPI release of the season, the Quakers clock in at No. 15 and second overall amongst Ivy schools; Princeton leads the way at No. 8. The Quakers moved up six spots in the RPI rankings from week 1.
*Penn has outscored their opponents by a 20-16 margin for the season through eight games. They’re also taking 6.5 more shots per game than their opposition and have roughly a 4% 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 eight 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 592 minutes, Meily has only been absent for only 10 minutes the entire season.
*Junior Alexa Hoover is the current points leader through eight games with 11 points via three goals and five assists. Earlier this year, Hoover became the all-time program leader in points (103), 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. Sofia Palacios, Rachel Huang and Gina Guccione lead the team with four goals each while Hoover and Elise Tilton both have three.
*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 515 minutes and boasts a 2.16 goals against average and a 68% 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 last weekend. The squad’s only losses on the season came via those two ACC-ranked opponents.