PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has a six-game win streak, matching the program’s longest run since 2006. After opening Ivy League play with a dramatic, 3-2 overtime win against Cornell last Friday, the Quakers continue Ancient Eight play this Saturday at Harvard. Faceoff is slated for noon.
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The Series With Harvard
The Crimson lead the series, 20-16-2, but the Quakers have won the last three meetings including a 4-1 decision last year in Philadelphia. Two years ago, Penn went up to Harvard and won 1-0 on an Elizabeth Hitti goal.
The Crimson (5-2, 1-0 Ivy) opened their Ivy League season last weekend with a 2-1 win at Yale. In fact, Harvard has won four in a row entering the weekend. Marissa Balleza -- who received All-Ivy honorable mention recognition last year -- leads Harvard with seven goals, while Elizabeth Jacobson has 16 points (6g, 4a). Four other players have one goal each. At the other end, Issy Davis has a 1.92 GAA and .667 save percentage between the pipes. Kyla Cordrey was a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, while Issy Davies was a second-team selection by the coaches.
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won six games in a row; the last time the Quakers won seven or more in a row was in 2004, when they won their last eight contests.
*Penn is 6-1 after seven games for the second time in the last three years; the 2013 team went on to a 13-4 overall record.
*Penn started a season 6-1 or better just four other times prior to 2013: 1993 (6-1), 1988 (6-0-1), 1986 (6-1), 1980 (6-1).
*Through seven games, sophomore Alexa Hoover has 17 goals and three assists for 37 points. She entered the week leading the nation in goals and points per game.
*Hoover needs four goals and seven points to break the program’s single-season records in those categories. (Liz Lorelli scored 20 goals and had 43 points in 2003.)
*With nine games still left in the regular season, Hoover -- who has scored at least once in every game this season -- has already surpassed her goals and points totals for ALL of last season. She led the Ivy League last year with 14 tallies, and was third among Ivy players with 31 points.
*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game when she notched five against Saint Joseph’s. The previous record of four was met three times in program history, most recently by Judy Jaczun against Dartmouth in 1989.
*Perhaps most impressive was that Hoover had her five goals while there was still more than 20 minutes left in regulation.
*Hoover has also had hat tricks against Liberty and Sacred Heart this season, giving her four career games with three or more goals.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti has recorded at least a point in every game this season. She has 14 points so far this season (3g, 8a), and enters the weekend fifth nationally in assists per game.
*Sophomore Gina Guccione had the other goal in last Friday’s win over Cornell, giving her four goals over the last five contests. She had two goals again Villanova on September 16, her first multi-goal game for the Quakers.
*Rachel Huang and Selena Garzio scored against Sacred Heart on September 20, while Hitti and freshman Sofia Palacios had assists in the game. Garzio’s goal was her second this season.
*Junior co-captain Elise Tilton has three points this season, with a goal against Longwood and an assist vs. Saint Joseph’s.
*Garzio and fellow freshman Karen Seid are the two newcomers who have started all seven games so far this season. Seid has an assist this season, as do Alex Agathis and Claire Kneizys.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 14:35 this season; she has a 2.84 goals-against average and a .634 save percentage.
*Freshman Reina Kern saw her first collegiate action in Penn’s win over Saint Joseph’s on September 11, and had one save while allowing a goal.