Field Hockey Hits the Road

PHILADELPHIA – Following four straight home games, Penn leaves the friendly confines of Franklin Field this weekend as it travels across the state of Pennsylvania to play Lock Haven and Bucknell. The Quakers will travel a total of 421 miles over the course of the weekend to play the two games.

Penn enters the weekend 3-5 overall and 2-1 in Ivy League play. Two victories this weekend will elevate the Quakers to .500 for the first time this season.

Friday night, Penn meets Lock Haven for the second time. The Quakers were victorious in the teams’ only previous meeting, a 2-1 victory in 2006. The Lady Eagles enter the game with an 8-4 record and are a perfect 4-0 in Northeast Conference play. Lock Haven is the three-time defending regular season champions in the NEC. This feat is made all the more impressive by the fact that the Lady Eagles have only been competing at the Division I level for three years.

The Lady Eagles are led by Blair Wynne and Suzann Hobart. Both have scored eight goals on the season. Wynne is coming off a week where she scored a goal in all three of Lock Haven’s games. Her performance resulted in her selection as NEC Player of the Week for the second time this season. Ali Harris will most likely draw the start in goal. She is 6-2 on the season with two shutouts and a 2.10 GAA.

After an off day on Saturday, the Quakers return to the field when they take on Bucknell. The Quakers and the Bison have met once before, a 4-1 Penn victory in 1999. Bucknell enters weekend play with a 6-3 record. The Bison will be playing their second game in two days as they host number 15 ranked American on Saturday.

Bucknell offers a balanced offensive attack, with three women tied for the team lead in goals with six. Megan Krebs, Kelly Hoffman and Trina Boyer have each scored a half-dozen times. Jessie Atieh has seen most of the action in net and has a 4-4 record on the season.

Penn is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Villanova on Wednesday. The Quakers had two separate one-goal leads and were unable to hold off the Wildcats, ultimately falling in overtime, 5-4.

Meghan Rose is on a hot streak for Penn. She has three goals in her last two games, including a pair of scores against ‘Nova. Nicole Black has also scored three times in her last two games, her two-goal day coming against Dartmouth last Saturday.

You can follow all the action Friday night against Lock Haven at www.havensports.com as the Lady Eagles will be broadcasting a live video webcast as well as a radio feed over the web.