Field Hockey at Dartmouth Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn field hockey team saw its offensive woes continue Wednesday night at Lafayette, where the Quakers took a 3-0 loss to the host Leopards. This weekend, the Red and Blue returns to Ivy League action, taking the long trip North to face Dartmouth. Saturday's faceoff will take place at noon.

After scoring seven goals in their first three games this season, the youthful Penn lineup -- only two of the 12 players who played Wednesday were seniors -- has been shut out in four straight. With a potent Dartmouth offense on the other side of the ball this weekend, goals will be necessary as the Quakers look for their first conference and second overall under first-year head coach Colleen Fink.

Around the League: All eight teams remain in Ivy play again this weekend, starting Friday night when Columbia (1-1) hosts Princeton (2-0) at 6 p.m. On Saturday, in addition to Penn-Dartmouth, Harvard (1-1) is at Brown (0-2) and Yale (1-1) is at Cornell (2-0). All of Saturday's games will face off at noon.

The Series with Dartmouth: The Quakers hold an 18-12-3 advantage in the series, however the Big Green has had the upper hand in recent years -- last year's 2-1, double-overtime win at Franklin Field was Dartmouth's third win in the last four years over Penn. Penn's last win in Hanover came in 2004, a 3-2 overtime victory.

About Dartmouth: The Big Green (6-1) opened the season with four straight wins, came back to Earth with an Ivy-opening loss to Princeton, but rebounded with wins over Brown and Holy Cross last weekend. Dartmouth has scored 32 goals in its seven games, a staggering 4.57 average. Junior Kelly Hood is this week's Ivy League Player of the Week after she collected five goals and two assists in the wins. She leads the Green with 22 points. Meghan Everett has five goals, while Samantha McPherson has four. Virginia Peisch 12 assists.

About Penn...
*Penn is looking for its first Ivy and second overall win under first-year head coach Colleen Fink.

*Sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer and freshman Sunny Stirewalt lead the Quakers with two goals apiece, while three others have one (Kirstin Snyder, Sarah Hasson, Laurel McGarvie).

*Hasson and McGarvie also have assists this season, as does Annie Matthews.

*Freshman Julie Tahan led Penn with three shots in Wednesday night's game at Lafayette; she had the Quakers' only effort on goal.

*In goal, Kieran Sweeney has 51 saves in playing all but 58 minutes this season. She had five stops Wednesday night at Lafayette.