Field Hockey Hits Connecticut For a Pair of Games

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania plays a double dip in Connecticut this weekend. The Quakers continue their Ivy League campaign on Saturday, facing off with Yale at noon, before a non-conference matchup with Fairfield on Sunday that will begin at 1 p.m.

The Series with Yale: The Quakers lead the Bulldogs, 22-12-1, and have a 9-7-1 mark in New Haven. That said, Yale has won each of the last three meetings including a 2-1 decision last year in Philadelphia. Prior to this three-game run, Penn had won five in a row. Six of the last seven and 11 of the last 13 matchups have been one-goal affairs, and these teams have gone to overtime twice in the last five years and five times in the last 12 years.

About Yale: The Bulldogs (4-8, 1-3 Ivy League) split a pair of games last weekend, falling to Dartmouth 4-3 but beating Vermont, 3-2. Yale's Ivy League win came Sept. 15 over Harvard, 2-1. Erica Borgo leads Yale with nine points (4g, 1a) while Mary Beth Barham has scored three times and Jessie Accurso and Brooke Gogel have scored twice each. In goal, Emily Cain has started every match this season; she has a 2.97 goals-against average and a .712 save percentage.

The Series with Fairfield: The Quakers and the Stags are meeting for the first time in field hockey.

About Fairfield: The Stags (8-8) will face Vermont on Saturday before meeting Penn on Sunday. Fairfield split a pair of games last weekend, falling 3-1 to Albany but beating up on Georgetown, 6-0. Felicitas Heinen is clearly the top offensive threat, with 13 goals and 30 points, while Lindsey Hatch has six goals. Kristian Stefanides and Nikki McLucas have four goals each. At the other end, goalkeeper Maddy Sposito has a 2.62 GAA and a .713 save percentage in almost 1,000 minutes between the pipes this season.

Around the Ivy League: Three games will face off at noon on Saturday -- in addition to Penn-Yale, Harvard (1-3) is at Princeton (4-0) and Cornell (3-1) is at Brown (0-4). On Sunday, Dartmouth (3-1) and Columbia (3-1) meet at noon in New York City looking to stay in the Ivy League hunt.

About Penn
*With six wins already this season, Penn has its best win total since 2008. Another win or two this weekend, and the Quakers would have their best win total since the 2007 team went 8-9 overall.

*Penn has also scored 32 goals already this season, its best offensive output since the 2007 squad tallied 41.

*Penn's double-overtime loss to Columbia last Friday, 3-2, dropped the Quakers to 0-2 in extra-session games this year.

*Sophomore Emily Corcoran scored Penn's first goal against the Lions, her second game in a row with a goal after being shut out of the team's first 10 matches.

*Junior Sunny Stirewalt also scored against Columbia, her sixth goal of the season which puts her atop the team along with senior Sarah Hasson and junior Julie Tahan. Junior Amelia Cohen and freshman Elizabeth Hitti have five goals apiece.

*Penn pitched its first shutout of the season two Sundays ago, dropping Radford 4-0 at Franklin Field.

*On offense, four different players scored the Quakers' four goals, including sophomores Helene Caniglia and Corcoran who had their first tallies of the season. They became the seventh and eighth different players to score for Penn this season.

*Hitti leads Penn with six assists, and is tied with Hasson atop the points table (both have 16). Caniglia has four assists, while Corcoran has three and sophomore MaryRose Croddick has two.

*Hasson was the co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 24, while Hitti is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

*Sophomore Carly Sokach has played every minute in goal so far for Penn; she has a 2.84 goals-against average and a .708 save percentage. Sokach had 10 saves in the loss to Columbia, earning a spot on the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll for putting up save-percentage and GAA numbers that surpassed her season totals.

*Senior Mandy Epstein and Tahan are this year's captains.

Up Next...
Penn is at Villanova for a non-conference game Wednesday night at 7 p.m., then hosts Brown in its final home game of 2012 Sunday at noon. The program will have its "A Celebration of the Decades" that day; click here for more information!