PHILADELPHIA – It will be a special Saturday for the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team as the Quakers will celebrate six seniors prior to the 12 p.m. start versus Brown at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Playing in their final home game will be seniors Helene Caniglia, Katherine Cook, Emily Corcoran, MaryRose Croddick, Alex Iqbal, and Allison Weisenfels.
The Quakers (7-7, 2-3 Ivy) will be facing the Bears (9-5, 1-4 Ivy) in one of the numerous games and events surrounding Penn Homecoming 2014.
After the excitement and emotion of Saturday, Penn will turn right around and travel to play Rutgers (7-9, 1-6 Big Ten) on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights host Indiana at home on Friday, before taking on the Quakers Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears are coming into their matchup against Penn having a week to prepare for the Quakers after a 3-0 defeat to Cornell last Saturday. Brown is led on offense by senior Meghan O’Donnell, with eight goals and nine assists. She is tied for fourth in the Ivy League in assists and seventh in goals. Junior Alexis Miller has scored five goals, while junior Emily Arciero has tallied six assists. Senior goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney is tops in the Ivy League in save percentage (.748), and is third in the league in saves, with 89. Senior defender Clayton Christus also has made three defensive saves this season.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: Penn leads its series with Brown 26-8-3. The Quakers have won the last three matchups, and have fallen only once in the last eight meetings. Penn’s recent victories have come by a goal in 2011 and 2012, and by a 4-0 margin on the road last season.
SCOUTING RUTGERS: Rutgers has faced four ranked opponents this season, losing to two of them – Virginia and Northeastern – in overtime. The Scarlet Knights have scored 29 goals this season and are led by junior Katie Champion with eight goals and five assists, and sophomore Sofia Walia with six goals and six assists. On the defensive side, two Rutgers defenders have three defensive saves, Walia and sophomore Elyse Broderick. In goal, sophomore Shevaun Hayes has started and played all 16 games, making 89 saves, with a .685 save percentage.
THE SERIES WITH RUTGERS: Penn and Rutgers are meeting for the first time since 2008, and the first time in the regular season since 2006. The Quakers and Scarlet Knights met in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2008 with Rutgers coming out on top 4-2. Penn trails the overall series 6-7-1, winning last in the 2006 matchup, 2-1 in overtime.
PENN SENIORS BY THE NUMBERS: With three game remaining heading into the weekend, thus far as a group the six seniors have played 65 games, winning 33 times, including 12 Ivy victories. Between the five playing the field – Caniglia, Cook, Corcoran, Croddick, and Iqbal – they have scored 44 goals, collected 48 assists, amassed 136 points, and registered 10 defensive saves in their careers, while in her first and only season in goal Weisenfels has made 67 saves in 943 minutes, with one shutout.
CORCORAN SELECTED FOR NFHCA SENIOR GAME: Emily Corcoran was one of 38 seniors across the country selected to play in the NFHCA Division I Senior Game, to take place on Saturday Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland. Corcoran is one of three players from the Ivy League selected to play in the game. The forward has collected nine goals and four assists for 22 points in 14 games this season. Over her career she has amassed 26 goals, and has 19 assists – fifth all-time at Penn – in 65 games played. The selection marks the first time a Quaker has played in the Senior Game since 2004, when Liz Lorelli played in the game hosted at Wake Forest.
PENN WITH TWO OF TOP FIVE IN IVY SCORING: Now with 13 goals, Alexa Hoover sits in a tie for first in the Ivy League with Cornell’s Marisa Siergiej. Penn senior Emily Corcoran is in a tie for fifth in the league in scoring, with nine goals.
HOW THE SCORING FARES NATIONALLY: Not only are Hoover and Siergiej tied atop the Ivy scoring, the two are tied for 10th nationally, averaging just under a goal per game (0.93).
HOOVER MAKES MARK IN FRESHMAN SEASON: 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.