Field Hockey Heads to the Big Apple to Play Columbia

PHILADELPHIA - Following a two-week stretch of non-league games, Penn resumes its quest for an Ivy League title in the Big Apple Sunday when they meet the Columbia Lions. The Quakers enter the game with a 6-6 overall record, but are 2-1 in Ancient Eight competition. The Lions stand at 6-5 with a 1-2 mark in league play.

The Quakers are coming off a 3-2 defeat at the hands of cross-town rivals Drexel. Christina Ferrier and Kathryn Burke scored for Penn in the loss. The Lions are on a three-game winning streak, outscoring their opponenst 8-1 over that stretch. Columbia has defended its home turf this season, winning all five games played on its campus.

Julia Garrison leads the Lions in goals with four. Liz Reeve, Jacqui Munro, Christine Buszczak and and Lauren Hanna have all added three goals on the season. Erin Bogue is the playmaker on the Lions, registering six assists on the season. Gena Miller has played all 11 games in goal for Columbia, allowing 13 goals for a goals aganinst average of 1.43.

Penn will look to its senior leadership of Meghan Rose and Nicole Black to spark the offense. Both have five goals on the season. Margaretha Ehret also has found the back of the cage five times.

Last year, the two teams met at Franklin Field in a close game that saw the Quakers race out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of two goals from Black and one from Tracey Statter. The Lions roared back to scorew twice in 20 seconds to climb within one. Penn's defense rallied and held on for a 3-2 win.