Field Hockey - 2012 Season in Review

PHILADELPHIA - In its third year under the direction of head coach Colleen Fink, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey took yet another step in the right direction in 2012.

The Quakers finished 9-8 overall, their first winning season since 2006. They also went 3-4 in the Ivy League for their best conference record since 2008, tying Cornell and Yale for fourth place in the standings. In addition, Penn scored a program-record 42 goals throughout the season, tying a record originally set back in 1988.

Individually, Penn had four players honored as All-Ivy League performers, a program high since 2005 when five players were honored. Junior midfielder Julie Tahan and sophomore back MaryRose Croddick were both named to the second team. Tahan started all 17 games for the Quakers, and tied for the team lead with eight goals. She was also second on the team with 20 points. Croddick, who received honorable mention All-Ivy her freshman year, also started all 17 games for Penn in 2012.

Senior forward Sarah Hasson and freshman midfielder Elizabeth Hitti received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition. Hasson, who also received honorable mention as a freshman in 2009, led Penn with 22 points and tied for the team lead in goals (8) and assists (6). In addition, she was the first Quaker to earn an Ivy League Player of the Week award since 2007. Hitti, a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, was third on the team with 18 points and tied for the team lead with six assists.

As a team, Penn mounted a few huge victories as well. In non-conference action, they had big wins over Lehigh, Towson, and Liberty, in addition to going 2-0 in City 6 action, defeating La Salle and Villanova. Toward the end of the season, the Quakers also orchestrated a couple of outstanding Ivy League victories. On Oct. 20, Penn travelled to New Haven, Conn. and defeated Yale, 3-2, behind sophomore goalkeeper Carly Sokach's 13 saves and Tahan's goal and two assists. The following week, Penn played host to Brown on Oct. 28 at Franklin Field for Senior Day, and edged the Bears in a tight overtime battle, 2-1. Leading the Quakers once again were Hasson (one goal) and Tahan (a goal and an assist).

Fink has maintained the upward trend since her hiring, and will hope to continue that next season within the Ivy League standings. She recently sat down with the Penn Sports Network's Mike Mahoney to talk about her team's performance in 2012.