PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will travel a little over an hour north on Wednesday to face Lafayette in a non-conference matchup at Rappolt Field beginning at 6 p.m.
Penn (2-3, 0-1 Ivy) is coming off of a, 1-0, defeat at Cornell this past Saturday in its Ivy League opener. Lafayette (4-4, 0-1 Patriot) played two games over the weekend at home, falling to Boston Univ., 2-1, on Saturday before falling to defending national champion No. 5 Connecticut, 2-1, on Sunday.
The Quakers have been led offensively by freshman Alexa Hoover and senior captain Emily Corcoran. Hoover has scored six goals, while Corcoran has four. Junior Elizabeth Hitti has recorded two goals and three assists.
Penn and Lafayette’s game Wednesday will be available online through the Patriot League Network, please click here to view the game.
SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards are entering their ninth game of the season with a 4-4 overall record. Lafayette has played three ranked opponents – No. 13 Boston College, No. 6 Penn State, and No. 5 Connecticut – having defeated Boston College, 4-2, and falling to Penn State, 5-1, and Connecticut. The Leopards are led offensively by sophomore Amanda Magadan, with four goals. In goal, sophomore Katelyn Arnold started against Connecticut making five saves, while allowing two goals. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch has started and played in seven games, making 26 saves, while allowing 14 goals.
THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: Penn and Lafayette will be meeting for the 41st time in field hockey, with the series tied at 17 wins apiece (17-17-6). The Leopards have won the last six meetings against the Quakers dating back to a, 1-0, Penn victory at home in 2007. Lafayette defeated Penn at home, 4-0, a season ago.
TENDING THE GOAL: Quaker goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels enters Wednesday’s game ranked 19th in the country in save percentage (.758). The senior allowed one goal at Cornell on Saturday, and has allowed just eight goals in five games – 1.60 goals allowed average – in 350 minutes this season.
HELPING THE GOALKEEPER: Sophomore Claire Kneizys picked up the Quakers first two defensive saves of the season at Cornell on Saturday. She and fellow defenders, senior Helene Caniglia and senior MaryRose Croddick have helped limit opponents to only eight goals thus far this season.
HOOVER RANKS IN TOP FIVE: Freshman Alexa Hoover ranks top five nationally in points per game, with 2.80. The Quakers forward has recorded six goals and two assists for 14 points in five games.
QUICK TURNAROUND: After the game against Lafayette, Penn will prepare to host Harvard on Saturday at Ellen Vagelos Field in its Ivy opening home game. The Quakers defeated the Crimson, 1-0, in Cambridge, Mass. last season.