PROVIDENCE, R.I. - To quote the recently deceased philosopher Yogi Berra, it will be déjà vu all over again.
The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team used a pair of goals just 1:28 apart early in the second half of Saturday’s match at Brown, and that propelled the Quakers past the Bears 2-1 on Goldberger Field.
With the win, Penn improved to 13-2 overall, 5-1 in Ivy League play. More importantly, it allowed the Quakers to keep pace with Ivy frontrunner Princeton, which handled Cornell 4-0 at the same time Penn was playing Brown.
The result? Just as they did two years ago, Penn and Princeton will meet on Ellen Vagelos Field in Philadelphia with an Ivy League championship and NCAA postseason bid on the line. If the Tigers win, they are outright champions at 7-0 and move on automatically to the NCAAs. If Penn wins? The Quakers and the Tigers tie for the title, but Penn gets the NCAA bid by virtue of winning the head-to-head meeting. It would be the Quakers' first NCAA appearance since 1993.
Faceoff next week will be noon.
Saturday’s game started off inauspiciously for Penn, as Brown needed just 4:22 to get on the board, Jaclyn Torres netting her first of the season. That was the only scoring in the half.
The Quakers came out of the break and immediately flipped the script. Elise Tilton got the first goal, as she took a crossing pass from Alexa Hoover near the top of the circle, took a touch, then fired a backhanded shot that deflected off the Brown goalkeeper and into the net. Just 1:28 after that, a Penn penalty corner resulted in a goal, Selena Garzio finishing after Elizabeth Hitti fed it in and Claire Kneizys set it.
The assist for Hitti was her 17th this season, and the 33rd of her career. Both of those numbers moved the senior past Nancy Lock as the program's all-time leader leader on both lists. Lock had 16 assists in 1980 -- a mark that stood alone for 35 years -- and collected 32 during a career that ran from 1978-81.
Penn outshot Brown on the day, 20-11. Liz Mata came up with six saves, including a big one on a Brown breakaway after the Quakers had taken the lead. At the other end, Katie Hammaker had eight stops for the Bears.
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