PRINCETON, N.J. – Going toe-to-toe with the defending Ivy League champions, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team was tied, 3-3, with Princeton late in the second half before falling 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Bedford Field.
Penn (8-9, 3-4 Ivy) was looking to knock off its Ivy rival in the season finale, and finish the season above the .500 mark overall and in Ivy League play. With the victory Saturday over the Quakers, coupled with a Columbia loss, Princeton (7-10, 6-1 Ivy) managed to claim its 10th straight Ivy League title.
Leading the way offensively for Penn were senior Alex Iqbal, junior Elizabeth Hitti, and freshman Alexa Hoover, each scoring a goal in the contest.
Note: Hoover's goal was her 14th of the season, and after the completion of all Ivy games Saturday, she finished the season as the leading scorer in the Ivy League.
Trailing 1-0 early in the first half, Iqbal scored off a Quaker penalty corner, setup by seniors Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddick. Penn took a 2-1 lead in the first half off a Princeton turnover that saw Corcoran find Elizabeth Hitti on the right side of the circle for the goal. The Tigers tied the game, 2-2, moments before the first half expired.
Princeton would take a 3-2 lead four minutes into the second half on a deflection shotafter aTigers penalty corner. The score would remain the same, until Penn was awarded a penalty stroke with 15 minutes remaining in the half. Taking the stroke for the Quakers was Alexa Hoover, who found the back of the net making the game 3-3.
The Tigers leading scorer, junior Maddie Copeland, would score the game winning goal with 8:56 remaining.
Princeton senior goalkeeper Julie Boyle made three saves, while Penn goalkeeper senior Allison Weisenfels made four saves.