Princeton, N.J. - With no time left on the clock, junior Cara Calahan scored her second goal of the night to lift the Penn field hockey team over Princeton, 2-1,and give the Quakers their first Ancient Eight title since 1993 on Nov. 5 at the Class of 1952 Stadium.
“This team is full of heart and they put everything they had out on the field tonight,” Head Coach Val Cloud. “I am so proud of these girls and the way they played like a team we won because of the team effort. In my 25 years at Penn this is the most spectacular game I have witnessed, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the game.”
The Quakers (13-4, 6-1) got on the board first, scoring with less than five minutes remaining in the first half when Calahan leaped over Princeton’s (7-10, 5-2) Alison Nemeth and dribbled a shot from junior Lea Salese into the cage. Penn held onto the lead heading into the second half, but the Tigers tied the score five minutes into the second stanza when Paige Schmidt found the back of the cage. The Red and Blue’s game winning tally came when Calahan shoved a loose ball into the Princeton net after an initial Penn penalty-corner situation was unsuccessful.
Penn, which won its eighth-straight game overall and defeated Princeton for the first time since 1993, was helped by eight saves from sophomore goalie Liz Schlossberg and a defensive save from senior Kate Murphy, who swatted away a shot on a penalty-corner situation that was headed toward the goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. Junior Kelly McFadden also had a defensive save late in first half.
The Quakers set a school record for the number of shutouts in a row in 2004, and tied the school record in consecutive wins with eight.
With the win, Penn also ended Princeton's 10-year run as Ivy League champions. The Quakers share the title with Harvard who defeated Columbia, 2-0, on Saturdayand earned the automatic bid to NCAA Tournament.