PHILADELPHIA – Currently sitting in a four way tie for third place in the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team travels to play Dartmouth this Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Big Green’s Chase Field.
Penn (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) and Dartmouth (2-5, 1-1 Ivy) are two of the four teams stuck ina log jam currently in the middle of the Ivy League standings. The Quakers are coming off of a 4-1 victory home victory over Harvard that saw senior Alex Iqbal record a hat trick off of three penalty corners. The Big Green are coming off weekend wins over Brown – 6-1 and Bryant – 3-2 in overtime.
Saturday’s game is available live on the Ivy League Digital Network, please click here.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: The Big Green are coming into the matchup against Penn on a two game winning streak after beginning the season 0-5. In its fourth game at home, Dartmouth will be led by Ivy League Player of the Week Ali Savage. The senior totaled four goals and nine points in the Big Green’s two wins, making her just the fourth Dartmouth player to record 100 points in their career, and her 42 career goals now is third best in program history. Senior Janine Leger leads the team in goals thus far this season with three. In goal, senior Ellen Meyer has started all seven games, making 52 saves with a .703 save percentage and 3.28 goals against average.
THE SERIES WITH DARTMOUTH: Penn holds a 20-15-3 advantage over Dartmouth all-time. The Quakers won a wild 5-4 game in overtime at home last season. Sophomore Elise Tilton scored two goals with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game to force overtime, where senior Emily Corcoran scored the game winner. Penn’s win broke a five game losing streak against the Big Green.
A HAT TRICK FOR THREE: In the game against Harvard, senior Alex Iqbal recorded the Quakers’ third hat trick this season. She scored all three of her goals off of penalty corners, matching three goal efforts by her teammates, senior Emily Corcoran and freshman Alexa Hoover, from the season opener against Lehigh. It’s Iqbal’s second hat trick of her career, her first coming against Appalachian State in her freshman season. Corcoran’s hat trick earlier this season was her first in four years, and Hoover collected her first hat trick in her collegiate debut.
IVY LEAGUE HONOR ROLL: Alex Iqbal and Alexa Hoover were recognized on the Ivy League honor roll for field hockey this past week. Iqbal recorded the hat trick against Harvard, while also tallying an assist against Lafayette. Hoover scored her seventh goal of the season in the game against Lafayette.
THIS WEEK’S LEADING SCORER…: The Quakers leading scorer is…senior Emily Corcoran, for now…in what has seemed to be a “competition” thus far this season, Corcoran currently holds the top spot in goal scoring for Penn with eight. Freshman Alexa Hoover is just one goal behind with seven and has gone back and forth from the top spot with Corcoran.
TOP TEN OFFENSE: Penn ranks in the top 10 nationally in three offensive categories, scoring average (3.29), goals per game (3.29), and points per game (8.86). The Quakers have scored 23 goals this season, with 17 assists, and have totaled 63 points.
TENDING THE GOAL: Quaker goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels enters the weekendranked 20th in the country in save percentage, and is currently sitting at .744. The senior has made32 saves in 490 minutes of play. Weisenfelsposted fivesaves in thewin over Harvard, and has allowed 11 goals inseven games for a 1.57 goals allowed average.
NCAA RPI: Penn has cracked the NCAA RPI top 25 with a 4-3 overall record and 1-1 Ivy League record. Cornell (7-1, 2-0 Ivy) and Columbia (5-3, 1-1) are the only Ivy teams ahead of the Quakers, with the Big Red at No. 10 and the Lions at No. 21. Princeton (3-5, 2-0 Ivy) sits at No. 27. Cornell is ranked No. 19 in the latest NFHCA poll.