Field Hockey at Crosstown Rival Villanova

PHILADELPHIA – Playing in its final midweek game of the year, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will travel to take on Villanova on Tuesday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

Penn (6-7, 2-3 Ivy) is coming off a 2-1 victory at Yale on Saturday afternoon that saw freshman Alexa Hoover and senior Emily Corcoranscore the two Penn goals in the second half, before the defense sealed the win for the Quakers.

Villanova (4-11, 1-3 Big East) fell to No. 4 Connecticut, 4-0, on Friday evening at home. UConn is the defending NCAA champion and is 12-3 this season.

Live video of Penn and Connecticut’s matchup is available by clicking here.


SCOUTING VILLANOVA: The Wildcats four wins this season have come against Missouri State, Siena, Saint Joseph’s, and Georgetown. Villanova is led offensively by senior Jennifer Swoboda, with a team-leading six goals, while three players have four goals – senior Abigail Freitag, junior Heather Smillie, and freshman Francesa Bello. In goal, freshman Jordyn Clipstone has started all 15 games for the Wildcats making 101 saves with a .697 save percentage and 2.95 goals allowed average.

THE SERIES WITH VILLANOVA: Penn leads the overall series with Villanova 15-14-2. The Quakers have won the last two matchups by a lone goal each time, defeating the Wildcats 2-1 last season and 3-2 the year before. Prior to the two victories, Villanova had won the last six matchups against the Red and Blue.

PENN WITH TWO OF TOP FIVE IN IVY SCORING: Now with 12 goals, Alexa Hoover sits in a tie for second in the Ivy League, behind Cornell’s Marisa Siergiej (13). Columbia’s Zoe Blake also has 12 goals alongside Hoover. Penn senior Emily Corcoran is in a tie for fifth in the league in scoring, with nine goals.

CORCORAN’S ASSIST TOTAL: With her assist against Longwood on October 19, Emily Corcoran now has 19 career assists, moving her into fifth all-time for career assists at Penn.

HOOVER MAKES MARK IN FRESHMAN SEASON: Freshman Alexa Hoover became the first Penn field hockey player to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors three times in a season on October 21. She earned the honor after scoring two goals and adding an assist in games against Columbia and Longwood. Hoover is the 11th individual to earn three Rookie of the Week honors in a season in Ivy history.