PHILADELPHIA - Coming off an eminently forgettable loss to Yale last Saturday, the Penn field hockey team has had eight days to lick its wounds and get back the good feelings they had from the previous two games (overtime wins over Columbia and Saint Joseph's). On Sunday at noon, the Quakers host Brown in the Red and Blue's final home game of 2010.
It will be Senior Day for the Quakers, as co-captains Annie Matthews and Laurel McGarvie play their final game at Franklin Field.
Around the League: The Penn-Brown game closes out the weekend of Ivy action, as the other six teams all play each other on Saturday. The big showdown occurs in Ithaca, where Cornell (4-1) hosts Princeton (5-0) at noon; a Tigers victory will clinch a share of the crown. Of course, if Yale (4-1) loses at home to Columbia (2-3), Princeton gets the title all to themselves. The Bulldogs and Lions square off at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., Harvard (1-4) is at Dartmouth (2-3).
The Series with Brown: The Quakers have dominated the series with the Bears and lead 23-7-3, including wins in each of the last four meetings. Last year, Penn demolished Brown in Providence, 4-0. The last time these teams met on Franklin Field, in 2008, the Quakers escaped with a 2-1 overtime decision. In fact, the last time Penn lost to Brown at home was 2000.
About Brown: The Bears (4-11, 1-4) took second-place Cornell to overtime last week before falling, 2-1. On Tuesday, Brown downed Holy Cross, 4-1, behind two goals each from Leslie Springmeyer and Abigail Taft. The Bears' only Ivy win came against Harvard, 3-2 in overtime on October 2. Springmeyer and Taft lead Brown in scoring; both have nine goals. Tacy Zysk has four goals and two dishes, while Katie Hyland has three goals and four assists. In goal, Lauren Kessler has played a majority of the minutes, she sports a 3.18 goals-against average and has made 106 saves.
*After going 0-4 in overtime games a year ago, Penn is 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 scored seven goals in their two most recent wins.
*Senior captain Laurel McGarvie and junior Kirstin Snyder provided the overtime game-winners against Columbia and Saint Joseph's, respectively; they lead the Quakers with three goals apiece.
*Sophomore Sarah Hasson, who had a goal and two assists in Penn's win over Saint Joseph's, is tied with Snyder and McGarvie for the team points lead with seven (2g, 3a).
*Senior captain Annie Matthews has had two goals and an assist over Penn's last six 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 wins; they are the first two goals of her collegiate career.
*Kyle deSandes-Moyer and Sunny Stirewalt also have two goals apiece.
*Junior Caroline Olt, who takes Penn's penalty corners, scored in Penn's Ivy League win against Columbia for her first collegiate goal. Three days later, against Saint Joseph's, she had an assist -- also her first as a collegian.
*In goal, Danielle Rothman had 12 saves last Wednesday against Saint Joseph's, and the week before that she made 16 at Drexel. For the season, she has a 5.59 goals-against average and 67 saves in 595 minutes of action.