Field Hockey ? 2014 Season in Review

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team completed its 2014 season with an 8-9 overall record, going 3-4 in the Ivy League, and finishing in a tie for fifth place. The Quakers had a number of individual standouts earning two Mid-Atlantic All-region selections, along with four All-Ivy honors, and sending arepresentative to play in the NFHCA Senior Game.

A senior in her final season and a freshman in her first year, Emily Corcoran and Alexa Hoover were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic all-region team. Earning second-team selections for the region, the two forwards led Penn in goals scored, combining for 23 of Penn’s 45 goals the season.

Head Coach Colleen Fink said of the duo, “It’s very special that Alexa and Emily were named all-region alongside one another. Alexa has looked to Emily as a real mentor and role model. They work extremely well together on the field, because they are both selfless team players.”

For Corcoran, it was her second all-region selection, earning second-team honors as a junior in 2013.

In addition to the all-region honor, Penn freshman Alexa Hoover was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while also earning first-team honors. The Collegeville, Pa. native also claimed the Ivy League scoring title this fall, with 14 goals. She finished the season with 31 points – 14 goals, three assists – with 38 of her 51 shots coming on goal, for a .740 shots on goal percentage.

Also being recognized for their performance by the Ivy League, seniors Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddickearned second-team honors, while senior Alex Iqbal earned honorable mention.

One of three players selected from the Ivy League, Emily Corcoran represented Penn in the NFHCA Senior Game during the NCAA championships. The forward finished the year with nine goals and six assists for 24 points in 17 games. Over her career she amassed 26 goals, and 21 assists – tied for second all-time at Penn – in 68 games played. The selection marked the first time a Quaker has played in the Senior Game since 2004, when Liz Lorelli represented the Red and Blue.

Penn started its year off with a four-game home stand, led by a scoring barrage against Lehigh that saw Emily Corcoran and Alexa Hoover record hat tricks in a 9-1 victory. The Quakers then fell to Bucknell, 1-0, before defeating Fairfield 4-2, and falling to Liberty, 3-2.

The team’s first road game was also its first Ivy League game a close 1-0 defeat to Cornell. Penn would bounce back with a 4-2 road victory at Lafayette and a 4-1 home victory over Harvard, where senior Alex Iqbal collected a hat trick off penalty corners, and the Quakers picked up their first Ivy win of the year.

In their toughest stretch of the season, the Red and Blue were defeated in a road game at Dartmouth, at home against Monmouth, at second-ranked Maryland, and at home in overtime against Columbia.

The overtime game against the Lions was the fourth in the last five years in the series between the two programs. The 2014 edition of the matchup was also Penn’s Play4theCure game, where the teams wore pink to support cancer research and helped raise funds specifically for breast cancer research and pediatric cancer.

After the overtime defeat, the Quakers produced four straight victories, a 5-0 win over Longwood, followed by wins over Yale, Villanova, and Brown.

Celebrating senior day prior to the game versus Brown, Penn recognized its six seniors – Helene Caniglia, Katherine Cook, Emily Corcoran, MaryRose Croddick, Alex Iqbal, and Allison Weisenfels –for their hard work and dedication to the field hockey program over the last four years.

Penn finished its schedule with a 3-0 defeat at Rutgers, and going toe-to-toe with the defending Ivy League champions Princeton before falling, 4-3, ending the season.