PHILADELHPIA - The Penn field hockey team dropped a heartbreaker to Princeton, 2-1, on Friday night at Franklin Field. Senior co-captain Kristen Gray scored her seventh goal of the season in an intense battle.
After a scoreless first half, Gray put the Red and Blue (9-8, 3-4) on the board. Gray's goal came off a penalty corner opportunity; she shot the ball over the Princeton goalie and into the back of the cage with8:24 gone by in the second stanza. Sophomore Meghan Rose had the assist. Laura Ehrlichman scored the equalizer for the Tigers (9-8,7-0), an unassisted tally, with 18:57 remaining in the game. With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Hillary Schmidt tipped in a shot from sister, Paige, for the game-winning goal.
The first half was a defensive stuggle for both sides. Princeton manged five shots, while the Quakers had two in the first 35 minutes. In the second half, the Tigers added five more shots and the Quakers had three. Overall the Tigers, who won their 14th Ivy League title, outshot the Quakers, 10-5, and held a 12-9 advantage in penalty corners.
Elizabeth Schlossberg made two saves in the cage, while her counterpart, Allison Nemeth, made two stops. In the backfield sophomores Nicole Levi and Melissa Black and senior Kelly McFadden played solid defense and made key tackles for the Quakers.
For seniors Cara Calahan, Kristen Gray, Amanda Jacobs, Kelly McFadden and Lea Salese, it was their last game on Franklin Field.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications