PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will playthe first of two non-conference games this week on Thursday, as the Quakers host Monmouth at 4 p.m. at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Penn (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off of a 5-3 Ivy League defeat at Dartmouth on Saturday, while Monmouth (5-6) is coming into the game off of a 4-1 victory over Villanova on Sunday.
The Quakers and Hawks have played five common opponents thus far this season – Bucknell, Cornell, Fairfield, Lafayette, and Lehigh – Penn is 3-2 against those teams, while Monmouth is 2-3.
Thursday’s game will be just the third meeting between the two schools, and will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
SCOUTING MONMOUTH: Monmouth comes into the game against Penn having scored 24 goals as a team, with 19 points, for a total of 67 points. The Hawks are led by graduate student Trish O’Dwyer, who has recorded eight goals and six assists. Freshman Meg Donahue also leads the Monmouth attack with five goals. The Hawks have played three goalkeepers during the season with freshman Christen Piersanti seeing the majority of time. Piersanti has played in eight games, and has allowed 18 goals while making 42 saves in 537 minutes. She also has posted one shutout.
THE SERIES WITH MONMOUTH: This will be just the third meeting between the Quakers and Hawks in field hockey. Penn won the first meeting in 2005 at home, 3-0. Monmouth won the second edition at its home in 2009, with a 2-1 overtime victory.
TOP TEN OFFENSE: Penn ranks in the top 10 nationally in two offensive categories, scoring average (3.25) and goals per game (3.25). The Quakers have scored 26 goals this season, with 18 assists, and have totaled 70 points.
ASSISTING THE OFFENSE: Penn’s 18 assists have come from seven different players – Elizabeth Hitti (4), Alex Iqbal (4), MaryRose Croddick (3), Emily Corcoran (3), Alexa Hoover (2), Claire Kneizys (1), and Elise Tilton (1).
QUAKERS LEADING SCORER(S): The Quakers leading scorers are senior Emily Corcoran, and freshman Alexa Hoover, both with eight goals. Corcoran and Hoover are in a 10-way tie for fifth nationally in individual goals per game (1.00).
PENN’S THREE HAT TRICKS: In the game against Harvard, senior Alex Iqbal recorded the Quakers’ third hat trick of the 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 was 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.
TENDING THE GOAL: Goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels has played all 560 minutes of the season in goal for the Quakers, having made 37 saves. The senior made five saves against Dartmouth and has allowed 16 goals in eight games, for a 2.00 goals against average.