PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team (9-4, 3-1) returns to Ancient Eight competition this weekend when they travel to New Haven, Conn. to play the Yale Bulldogs (5-8, 1-3) for a Saturday matchup. Game time is slated for noon at Johnson Field and will be broadcast live via the Ivy League Digital Network. Follow the links above for more information.
The Series with Yale
Saturday’s contest with Yale marks the 41st meeting between the two sides with Penn holding the upper hand in the all-time series 26-12-2. The Quakers have been dominate in the series of late and have won the past four meetings dating back to the 2012 season.
Yale enters the contest tied for fifth place in the Ivy standings with a 1-3 record and share that spot with Columbia and Cornell. On the offensive end, Carol Middough leads the Bulldogs with seven goals and one assist for 15 points while goalkeeper Emilie Katz ranks second in the conference in saves (90) and 10th nationally in saves per game (6.92).
The Bulldogs have lost six of their last seven outings and return home to Johnson Field for the first time since Oct. 1st when they host the Red and Blue on Saturday.
About the Quakers
*Penn leads the Ivy League in two statistical categories including shutouts (5) and penalty corners (8.54). Their 8.54 penalty corners per game ranks second in the NCAA while their four shutouts place them third in the nation.
*The Red and Blue are 4-2 since Sept. 27th, with their only two losses coming in double-overtime at the hands of Harvard and then-No.8 Delaware.
*The Quakers are currently one game back in third place in the Ivy League standings with a 3-1 record against their conference foes. Harvard and Princeton are undefeated at 4-0 atop the league and will meet this Saturday in Princeton.
*The Quakers clock in at No. 23 in the most recent NCAA RPI standings and third overall amongst Ivy schools; Princeton leads the way at No. 10 and Harvard follows at No. 12.
*Penn has outscored their opponents by a 32-23 margin for the season through 13 games. They’re also taking 3.7 more shots per game than their opposition and have a major advantage in penalty corners, taking 111 on the season to their oppositions 76.
*All six freshmen on the roster have seen action this season, with Alexa Schneck and Chelsea Duggan leading the way by appearing in all 13 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 993 minutes, Meily has only been absent for only 10 minutes the entire season.
*Junior Alexa Hoover is the current points leader through 13 games with 24 points via nine goals and six assists. Earlier this season she became the Penn record holder in both goals and points, breaking a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981. She also leads the Ivy League in shots taken – 85- 23 more than any other player in the conference.
*The Quakers are seeing plenty of players contribute to the scoring effort on the season, with nine different athletes providing points thus far in 2016. Hoover leads the team with nine goals while Sofia Palacios, Rachel Huang and Elise Tilton follow closely behind the team with five goals each.
*On the defensive end, @Liz Mata has been the mainstay between the posts, playing just over 905 minutes in cage. The junior netminder has four shutouts to her credit this season and boasts a 1.78 goals against average and a 74% save percentage.
*The Red and Blue have played one of their toughest schedules in recent history and have seen three 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. They also played at No.8 Delaware on Oct. 16.