PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 shutout of Monmouth Wednesday night at Franklin Field. Sophomore Meghan Rose found the back of the cage for the first time in her collegiate career, while seniors Lea Salese and Cara Calahan tallied their seventh and fourth goals of the season, respectively.
It did nottake long for the Quakers (6-6) to get on the board; theyscored all three tallies in the first half and never looked back. Salese scoreda little more thanseven minutes into the game when she rifled a shot into the back of the cage. Less than five minutes later, Calahan scored to put the Red and Blue up 2-0. Penn's final goal of the game came off a deflectionfrom a goalie save. Junior Tracy Statter tipped her blocked shot to Rose, who put it between the pipes for her first collegiate goal.
Junior Elizabeth Schlossberg and freshman Alanna Butera shared time in the Penn goal. Schlossberg played the first 35 minutes and only faced one shot that was blocked by a Penn defender. Butera made one save in the second half. At the other end,Monmouth's Carrie Colbert stopped five Penn shots.
Salese had eight shots in the game, while freshman Rachel Eng had four. Senior co-captain Kristen Gray, Statter, sophomores Nicole Black and Kara Bolger and freshman Nina Ferrier each had one shot in the win. The Quakers outshot the Hawks, 19-4, in the game, while both teams had one penalty corner.
Penn returns to Ivy League action Friday against Columbia. The game will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications