PHILADELPHIA - Field hockey is coming off a tough 2-1 defeat at the hands of Yale in Ivy League play last Sunday. The Quakers held the 1-0 lead at halftime over the first-place Bulldogs, but two second half goals would allow Yale to escape Franklin Field with the 2-1 victory. This Wednesday, Penn is back on the road for the final non-conference game of the season against Rider. The Broncs (15-1) are riding an 11 game winning streak and will provide a stiff test to the Quakers before Penn's final two Ivy League games.
Penn vs. Rider - Wednesday, October 26 - 7 p.m.
Tracking the Action: Rider University will be providing Live Video through its BroncVision network. Live stats will also be available. Both live video and live stats will be available through a share with the Penn Sports Network and PennAthletics.com.
The series with Rider...
*Penn and Rider met for the first time in 2010. The Broncs came away with the 8-3 victory at Franklin Field in last year's season opening game.
*Kyle deSandes-Moyer and Abigail Egan each took two shots on goal in that game, while Sunny Stirewalt took one shot. Stirewalt and deSandes-Moyer each scored a goal for Penn.
*Kieran Sweeney played the final 38:07 in goal and made nine saves during that time.
*Rider brings the top offense in the nation into the game Wednesday night. The Broncs are scoring a nation-best 4.94 goals per game. They average 12.1 penalty corners per game, also best in the country.
*Rider is allowing less than one goal per game (.94 goals per game allowed). This is also the best mark in the country.
*Eleven different players have scored a goal for Rider. Four of the team's players are in the top-35 in the nation in goals per game.
*Sandra Penos has a team-high 17 goals this season.
*Virginia Egusquiza has scored 16 goals this year and has a team-high 46 points.
*Marlaine Schneider has added 13 goals and a team-high 15 assists, while Megan Pisani has found the back of the cage 11 times this year.
*Natasha Tukeva has made five defensive saves in the back for the Broncos, while Katie Fanning has made two such stops.
*Rebecca Lotito has started all 16 games in goal and has played all but 43:47 this season.
*Lotito has a goals against average of 0.78 and a save percentage of .803, third best in the country. She has recorded seven shutouts.
The Penn attack...
*After the five goal outburst against Appalachian State, Penn scored just once against Yale, but in the process extended its consecutive games with a goal streak to 13. This string is of 13 straight games is the 13th longest active streak in Division. It is also Penn's longest streak since a 22 game streak started on September 24, 2006 and carried through October 12, 2007.
*Eleven different players have taken a shot for Penn this year. The Quakers have taken 10-plus shots in eight different games this season.
*Penn is becoming more balanced in terms of scoring in each half. Nine of the team's 20 goals have in the first half, while 11 have come in the second half or overtime.
*The Quakers are averaging over seven penalty corners per game this season, third best in the Ivy League.
*Julie Tahan owns the team-high in goals (6), assists (6), points (18), shots (51), and shots on goal (32). She ranks sixth in the Ivy League in assists and is tied for ninth in points. She is also fourth in Ivies in total shots. She is the only Penn player to record a shot in every game this season and has taken four shots in each of the last three games.
*Helene Caniglia has four goals this season, taking just six shots. She has recorded a point in four of the last eight seven games and has a total of seven points during that span. She also owns the team high in game-winning goals with two this season.
*After scoring a goal against Columbia and Appalachian State, Kirstin Snyder now has three goals and three assists this season. She has taken nine shots in the past four games and has a point in three of the last four games, five points in all during that span.
*Alex Iqbal also has three goals this season. She assisted on Tahan's goal against Yale, giving her three helpers this season. Iqbal has taken a shot in each of the last nine games and has a point in three of her last four games.
*Emily Corcoran has two goals and two assists. She has taken at least three shots in seven different games and has a shot in 10 games this season, including eight of the last 10.
*Sarah Hasson has started each of the last 10 games for Penn. She has a recorded a point in three of the last six games this season. She also has taken six shots during that span, which included two goals.
*Kyle deSandes-Moyer has started 11 games and played in a total of 13 games this season. Last Sunday against Yale was the first time all season she did not see any action. She has taken three shots this year.
*Abigail Egan recorded her first assist of the season against Appalachian State. The captain has seen time in nine games this season and has one shot on goal.
*Amelia Cohen has played in all 14 games this season, starting three. She has taken three shots with one on goal.
*Sunny Stirewalt has seen playing time in three games this season. During those three games she has taken two shots.
*MaryRose Croddick became the 11th Penn player to take a shot this season when she came up from her defensive position to record her first shot and only shot against Lehigh.
*Katherine Cook has played in nine games and started her third game of the season against Yale Sunday. Katie Harrington has played in 10 games, starting one, while Camille Parry has seen playing time in three games.
*Five attacking players - Corcoran, Snyder, Tahan, Iqbal, and Caniglia have started all 14 games this season for Penn. Cohen and Hasson have both played in every game this season.
The Penn defense...
*Kieran Sweeney is one of two Ivy League goalies to record a shutout this season. She is third in the Ivy League in saves (100), fifth in save percentage (.741) and sixth in goals against average (2.68). Sweeney ranks 15th in country in saves per game and 25th in save percentage.
*Despite playing in just two games, Carly Sokach is 10th in the Ivy League in saves (9).
*Penn has made seven defensive saves this season; second most in the Ivy League to Columbia's 11.
*The Quakers have three of the 10 players in the Ivy League with multiple defensive saves.
*MaryRose Croddick, Helene Caniglia, and Mandy Epstein have each made two defensive saves this season for Penn.
*Katherine Cook has made one defensive save this save.
*The back line defensive of Caroline Olt, Epstein, and Croddick has started every game this season. Sweeney has started all but the first game in goal.
*Olivia Olt saw her first action of the season in the back against Appalachian State.
*Overall, eight players have started all 14 games for Penn this season. Eleven players have played in every game this season.
*Six freshmen have started at least one game for Penn this season, while seven have seen playing time.
Looking ahead: After the final non-conference game of the season Wednesday, Penn will have two remaining Ivy League games to close out the 2011 campaign. The first of those games will be this Saturday when field hockey is one of four teams at Penn to make the trip up to Brown. Men's and women's soccer, along with football will also be playing at Brown on Saturday.