PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team finished its weekend in Virginia with a loss to Virginia Commonwealth, 3-1. The Red and Blue were unable to come back from an early 3-0 deficit despite a valliant effort from the Penn offense. Penn’s lone goal came off the stick of senior Margaretha Ehret.
VCU came out strong from the starting whistle. The Rams scored the first of their three goals in the 14th minute. VCU continued its offense with two more goals within minutes of the first; all three goals were from sophomore Marle Van Dessel, the Rams’ leading scorer.
The Quakers were able to respond in the same half during a penalty corner. Junior Sarah Warner set the ball at the top of the circle for teammate Ehret,who found the back of the net and put Penn on the board.
During the second half of the match, neither team found the goal. However, Penn outshot its opponent 8-3 in the half.
Head coach Val Cloud believes the team needs to put offensive pressure on early to start seeing games go in Penn's favor.
“The team is progressing and we are on the right page,” she said. “We just need to start getting early goals. Instead, we are putting ourselves in a hole and having to respond from behind.”
The Quakers will be back in action Wednesday, when they head to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.