Field Hockey at Yale Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -What a difference a week makes! Last Friday the Penn field hockey team was mired in a nine-game losing streak and struggling to find the goal. Fast forward to this weekend, and the Quakers have won two games in a row -- both in overtime -- and scored seven goals. Those were smiling faces you saw coming off Franklin Field both Sunday and Wednesday.

The sudden confidence boost gets a test Saturday, as the Quakers take their show on the road to face Yale. Like Penn, the Bulldogs have won two straight, and at 3-1 in the Ivy League they enter the weekend looking to stay in the title chase as they are just a game behind front-running Princeton. Penn and Yale will face off at noon in New Haven, Conn.

Around the League: In addition to Penn-Yale, two other games face off at noon on Saturday to kick off another full weekend of action. Princeton (4-0) will look to stay atop the standings when the Tigers host Harvard (1-3), while Cornell (3-1) joins Yale in trying to keep pace as the Big Red plays at Brown (1-3). On Sunday, Columbia (1-3) hosts Dartmouth (2-2) at 1 p.m.

The Series with Yale: Penn leads its series with the Bulldogs, 21-9-2, and had won five in a row until last year's 3-2 overtime loss at Franklin Field. The last time these teams met in New Haven, in 2008, the Quakers prevailed 3-2. In fact, Penn's last loss in New Haven came in 2002, a 2-1 defeat in penalty strokes.

About Yale: The Bulldogs (8-5, 3-1) have followed a pattern their last eight games - lose two, win two, lose two, win two. The most recent wins came last weekend against Dartmouth (3-1) and Holy Cross (2-0). Yale swept the weekly Ivy League awards on Tuesday, as Erin Carter was the Player of the Week and Georgia Holland was the Rookie of the Week. Carter leads the team with seven goals, while Erica Borgo has 15 points (5g, 5a) and Taylor Sankovich has five goals. Holland has 13 points (4g, 5a). In goal, Katie Bolling has started 11 games and sports a 2.31 GAA with 50 saves.

About Penn...
*After going 0-4 in overtime games a year ago, Penn is now 2-0 in such games this season.

*After scoring just three goals over a nine-game span, and a total of 10 goals in their first 12 games, the Quakers have scored seven goals in their last two outings.

*Senior co-captain Laurel McGarvie and junior Kirstin Snyder provided the overtime game-winners against Columbia and Saint Joseph's, respectively; they also lead the Quakers with three goals apiece.

*Sophomore Sarah Hasson, who had a goal and two assists in Penn's win Wednesday, is tied with Snyder and McGarvie for the team points lead with seven (2g, 3a).

*Senior co-captain Annie Matthews has had two goals and an assist over Penn's last five games and is fourth among Red and Blue players with six points (2g, 2a).

*Freshman Julie Tahan has scored in each of Penn's last two games; they are the first two goals of her collegiate career.

*Sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer and freshman Sunny Stirewalt -- who had four shots on goal against Saint Joseph's -- also have two goals apiece.

*Junior Caroline Olt, who takes Penn's penalty corners, scored in Penn's win against Columbia last Sunday for her first collegiate goal. On Wednesday, she had an assist -- also her first as a collegian.

*In goal, sophomore Danielle Rothman has been outstanding lately. She had 12 saves Wednesday night against Saint Joseph's, and last Wednesday she made 16 at Drexel. For the season, she has a 4.88 goals-against average and 57 saves in 553 minutes of action.