PISCATAWAY, N.J. The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead and never looked back Friday night, earning a 4-0 victory in its season debut at Rutgers.
Penn (1-0) had not won a season opener since 1997, when it defeated St. Joseph’s 1-0. The loss was the first of the season for Rutgers (2-1).
The Quakers scored their first two goals off of their first two penalty corners. Senior Lea Salese opened the scoring at the 1:20 mark while classmate Kristin Gray scored less than five minutes later. Junior Tracy Statter tacked on a third goal, unassisted, in the 14th minute, and Gray scored her second goal of the game in the 48th minute.Senior CaraCalahan and Meghan Rose each contributed two assists.
Senior Elizabeth Schlossberg earned the shutout between the pipes, making six saves while Rutgers keeper Rosalyn Wentko made a single save while facing seven shots. The Scarlet Knights held an 8-7 advantage in shots and a 9-8 edge in penalty corners.
The Quakers return to action Sunday afternoon when they visit Drexel at 1 p.m.
Written by Tim Flynn, Athletic Communications Assistant