PHILADELPHIA – In its final game of the regular season, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey travels to face Ivy rival Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Bedford Field.
The Quakers (8-8, 3-3 Ivy) will be looking to finish the regular season with a victory that would push them over the .500 mark overall and in Ivy League play. Penn is currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings.
Princeton (6-10, 5-1 Ivy) is currently in a first place tie with Columbia (12-4, 5-1 Ivy), with the Lions facing Harvard (9-7, 3-3 Ivy) on the road Saturday.
The Quakers and Tigers matchup at 12 p.m. on Saturday, with the game scheduled to be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers have scored 34 goals this season on offense, and are led by junior Maddie Copeland with seven goals. Senior Sydney Kirby has six goals and four assists, while senior Allison Evans and freshman Ryan McCarthy each have five goals. In goal, junior goalkeeper Anya Gersoff has started and played in 15 games making 89 saves with a .690 save percentage and 2.62 goals allowed average.
THE SERIES WITH PRINCETON: Penn trails the overall series with the Tigers 15-23-3, with Princeton having won the last 9 contests. The Quakers last victory came in 2004, a 2-1 victory on the road. Last year Penn and Princeton met at Ellen Vagelos Field in a de facto Ivy League championship game that saw the Tigers defeat the Quakers, 5-1.
REGULAR SEASON FINALES: The last time Penn and Princeton didn’t meet in a regular season finale was in 2001. That season, the Quakers faced Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. in the final game of the season falling to the Crimson, 3-0.
IVY HONOR FO(U)R HOOVER: For the fourth time, freshman Alexa Hoover was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season. Earning the nod, Hoover becomes just the fourth player in Ivy League history to accomplish the feat, and joins the short list of players able to achieve such success in their freshman season. She is now tied with Princeton’s Allison Nemeth, who earned the honor four times in 2003. Only Amanda Walton of Yale (5, 1998) and Amy MacFarlane of Princeton (7, 1993) have earned more Rookie of the Week honors. Hoover became the first Penn field hockey player to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors three times in a season on October 21.
HOOVER TIED FOR FIRST IN IVY SCORING: Now with 13 goals, Alexa Hoover sits in a tie for first in the Ivy League in goals with Columbia’s Zoe Blake and Cornell’s Marisa Siergiej. Penn senior Emily Corcoran is in a tie for seventh in the league in scoring, with nine goals. Hoover also ranks third in points in the league, with 29, while Corcoran and junior Elizabeth Hitti are tied for eighth with 22 points.
SENIOR DAY = CAREER DAY FOR WEISENFELS: Senior goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels put together her finest performance of the season against Brown last Saturday, making a career high 15 saves, including nine in the second half, in a 2-1 victory. For her effort, she was named to the Ivy League honor roll this past week. Weisenfels currently sits in fifth place in the Ivies in saves (89), and minutes played (1083:03). She has a .711 save percentage, with a 2.26 goals allowed average.
CORCORAN SELECTED FOR NFHCA SENIOR GAME: Emily Corcoran was one of 38 seniors across the country selected to play in the NFHCA Division I Senior Game, to take place on Saturday Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland. Corcoran is one of three players from the Ivy League selected to play in the game. The forward has collected nine goals and four assists for 22 points in 16 games this season. Over her career she has amassed 26 goals, and has 19 assists – fifth all-time at Penn – in 67 games played. The selection marks the first time a Quaker has played in the Senior Game since 2004, when Liz Lorelli played in the game hosted at Wake Forest.