PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a pair of resilient, 4-3 wins -- one of them in Ivy League play, over Harvard last Saturday -- the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will look to keep the momentum going this Saturday at Dartmouth. The Quakers and Big Green will face off at noon on Dartmouth's Chase Astroturf Field.
The Series with Dartmouth: The Quakers lead the series, 19-14-3, but the Big Green have won the last four meetings including a 4-2 decision last year in Philadelphia. Penn has lost the last three times it has gone to Hanover, the last victory coming in 2004 (3-2 in OT). Overall, the Quakers are 7-9-2 in Hanover.
About Dartmouth: The Big Green (4-4, 1-1 Ivy) have lost to Princeton and defeated Brown so far in Ivy play. Maggie Scanlon joined Penn senior Sarah Hasson as co-Ivy League Players of the Week after she recorded eight points (3g, 2a) in the team's last three wins. Lisa Masini leads Dartmouth with 14 points (6g, 2a) while Scanlon, Liz Blanken and Janine Leger have all scored three goals. Ali Savage leads the Big Green with three assists. In goal, Jenna Stearns had three saves in last week's win over Brown; she has a 2.89 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage this season.
Around the Ivy League: After two weekends of Ivy play, there are only two teams unbeaten in the conference. That will dwindle to one by Friday night, as Princeton (2-0) Columbia (2-0) meet in New York City. On Saturday, at the same time Penn and Dartmouth are facing off, Yale (1-1) and Cornell (1-1) will be meeting in Ithaca, N.Y., while Harvard (0-2) and Brown (0-2) will be squaring off in Providence.
*At 5-3, Penn is off to its best start since the 2004 season (also 5-3 after eight games). That Quaker team lost its ninth game, dropping to 5-4, but then ended the regular season on an eight-game win streak to finish at 13-4 overall. They also went 6-1 in Ivy League play to tie for the title.
*Penn has already surpassed its win totals from 2011 (4) and 2010 (3) and matched its win total from 2009. Another win will tie the program's win total from 2008.
*Penn has already matched its goal total from last year, with 24. The 2009 team was the last team to score more than 24 goals, with 26; the 2008 team had 28.
*Senior Sarah Hasson earned her aforementioned Ivy League honor after recording two goals and an assist in last Saturday's Ivy win over Harvard; it was her first multi-goal game since she had two of them as a freshman.
*Freshman Elizabeth Hitti scored a goal and added an assist in the win over the Crimson, and earned her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor for her efforts.
*Hitti and Amelia Cohen had two goals apiece last Wednesday night in the Quakers' 4-3 win at La Salle.
*Cohen is Penn's top goalscorer, with six, while Hitti and junior Julie Tahan have five apiece. Hasson has now scored four goals this season, while junior Sunny Stirewalt has three.
*Hasson and Hitti both have four assists this season; they lead the team in that category. MaryRose Croddick and Helene Caniglia have two apiece, while Emily Corcoran and Tahan have one.
*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn, combining for 20 saves against six goals allowed in the last two games. She also saved a penalty stroke against Harvard. Sokach has a 3.97 goals-against average and a .691 save percentage for the season.
*Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.