PHILADELPHIA – The opening, non-conference, portion of the schedule is over, as the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team travels to face Cornell in its Ivy League opener on Saturday at Marsha Dodson Field, beginning at 12 p.m.
The Quakers (2-2, 0-0 Ivy) and the Big Red (3-1, 0-0 Ivy) will meet in their League opener with each team having four games under their belt. Penn has defeated Lehigh and Fairfield, falling to Bucknell and Liberty, while Cornell has defeated Colgate, Lehigh, and Delaware, falling to Albany.
Penn has been led offensively by standout freshman Alexa Hoover and senior captain Emily Corcoran. Hoover has won the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks to begin the season. She leads the team in goals (6) and points (14). Corcoran is second on the team in scoring with five goals and 10 points.
Senior goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels has played all 280 minutes in goal for the Quakers and has made 20 saves with a 1.75 goals against average.
SCOUTING CORNELL: Cornell enters this weekend with a 3-1 record, having scored a total of 20 goals this season to its opponents three. The Big Red scored nine goals in their opening game against Colgate, matching the Quakers in their season opening nine goals against Lehigh. Cornell is led by junior Marisa Siergiej, with seven goals, and sophomore Elizabeth Horak, with five goals. Freshman Kelly Johnson has started all four games in goal, making eight saves with a 1.10 goal against average.
THE SERIES WITH CORNELL: Penn leads the overall series, 23-12-2, against Cornell. Under Coach Fink Penn has gone 2-3 versus the Big Red, winning last season, 4-3, at Ellen Vagelos Field in Philadelphia. The Quakers have not won in Ithaca since a, 2-1, overtime win in 2004.
HOOVER NAMED IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK – AGAIN: For the second consecutive week, freshman Alexa Hoover earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Hoover scored two goals on three shots against Fairfield last Friday, before scoring a goal and adding an assist in the game against Liberty on Sunday.
QUAKERS TOP TEN OFFENSIVELY: Penn ranks in the top 10 nationally in three offensive categories. The Red and Blue are eighth in the NCAA in scoring average (3.75), ninth in goals per game (3.75), and ninth in points per game (9.75). The Quakers are also just outside the top 10 – currently 12th – in scoring margin (2.00).
ASSISTING THE SCORING: Not to be overlooked in all the Quakers success offensively, senior Alex Iqbal and junior Elizabeth Hitti both lead the team with three assists each. Hoover has two assists, and sophomore Elise Tilton has one. Iqbal and Hitti have also contributed to the scoring with Hitti recording two goals and Iqbal one.