PHILADELPHIA – After opening the 2015 season with a 1-1 weekend in Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team remains in the Philadelphia area this weekend. The Quakers host Saint Joseph’s at Ellen Vagelos Field on Friday at 4 p.m., and on Sunday they are at Temple for a 1 p.m. start.
Ivy League Digital Network
If you can’t make it to Ellen Vagelos Field on Friday, fear not! All home games, and most Ivy League road matches, can be watched LIVE this year on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN)! This subscription-based service has packages for the year, the season, and even single games. There are also special packages for each of the eight Ivy institutions. Click here for more information!
Friday’s Game on ESPN3
If you don’t want to pay for a subscription just yet, you’re in luck! Friday’s home opener against Saint Joseph’s will air for FREE on ESPN3. Click here to watch!
The Series with Saint Joseph’s
The Quakers lead the series over the Hawks, 12-7, and has won three of the last four meetings including a 5-2 victory two years ago at Hawk Hill. This is the first time Penn has hosted SJU since a 4-3, overtime win in 2010
About Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks (2-2) most recently lost to Penn’s Sunday opponent, Temple, 3-2. Their wins have come against Towson (5-1) and Drexel (1-0), while the other loss was to No. 3 Maryland (6-2). Four women have two goals each for SJU: Anna Willocks, Jenny Morris, Monica Tice and Emily Nonnemacher. At the other end, Amelia Deibler has played every minute in goal and has a .630 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average.
The Series with Temple
The Quakers and the Owls are matching up for the first time since 2010, when Temple gained a 4-1 win on North Broad. Temple leads the overall series, 26-10; Penn most recently won in 2008, and its last win AT Temple came in 2003.
Under first-year head coach Marybeth Freeman, who came from Columbia, the Owls (2-2) have wins over Saint Joseph’s and Towson (9-0), while their losses have come to No. 3 Maryland (4-2) and No. 7 Penn State. Before hosting Penn, Temple will be at Delaware on Friday. Among eight goal scorers this season, Sarah Deck and Alyssa Delp have three goals each while Tricia Light and Paige Gross have scored twice. Haley Mitchell has played every game in goal; she has a 2.05 GAA and a .733 save percentage.
*Penn opened the season with a wild, 4-3 loss at Liberty last Friday, then followed that up with a 5-2 win at Longwood on Sunday.
*Sophomore Alexa Hoover, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the Ivy’s leading scorer, picked up where she left off by recording five goals and an assist in the two games. On Tuesday, she was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week.
*Hoover had all three goals in Friday’s loss at Liberty. It was her second collegiate hat trick; coincidentally, her first came in LAST YEAR’S season opener, against Lehigh.
*In Sunday’s win, Hoover had five points (2g, 1a) while senior Elizabeth Hitti, junior Elise Tilton and freshman Selena Garzio also scored.
*Hitti also had two assists on the weekend, while Garzio, Alex Agathis, Karen Seid and Claire Kneizys all had one helper
*Garzio and Seid were the only two freshmen to start both games last weekend. However, fellow newcomers Paige Meily, Rachel Mirkin and Sofia Palacios all saw time.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata made her second and third career starts and went the distance in both games. She made a combined nine saves.
*Penn returns six players who saw action in all 17 games last season, another who played in all but one game, and yet another who saw time in 14 contests.
*Penn returns five goal scorers from a year ago, led by Hoover (14), Hitti (8) and Tilton (4)
*In addition to her Rookie of the Year honors last year, Hoover was just the second player in program history to earn first-team All-Ivy as a freshman. She also received second-team NFHCA All-Region recognition.
*Hoover led the Quakers and the Ivy League with 14 goals last season, and her 31 points was third among Ivy players.
*Rachel Huang played in every game last season and scored twice, while Gina Guccione scored once while also seeing time in every match in 2014.
*Kneizys figures to anchor the defense after starting back there last year; she finished last season with 12 shots and two assists.
*Penn has three All-Ivy players to replace, due to graduation: Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddick were second-team All-Ivy last year, while Alex Iqbal received honorable mention recognition. Corcoran scored nine goals last year, while Iqbal had seven.
*Hitti and Tilton will serve as this year’s captains.