Field Hockey Hits the Road to Columbia

PHILADELPHIA - After wrapping up all its non-conference games this week, the Penn field hockey team plays the first of four straight Ivy games when it travels to Columbia Sunday for a 1 p.m. start in New York, N.Y.

The Red and Blue hold a 9-4 all-time edge over the Lions, including last year's 3-1 win at Franklin Field. However, the Quakers look to avenge their 1-0 overtime loss in 2007 - the last time Penn played at Columbia. Currently the two teams are a three way tie for third place along with Harvard.

The Quakers comes off Wednesday's 4-1 loss to University City rival Drexel. Kelsey Tahan came off the bench to score Penn's lone goal on a penalty stroke 1:34 into the game, but Drexel got the rest as the Dragons owned a 21-6 shot advantage for the game. Penn keeper Kieran Sweeney had a career night, making 13 saves.

Laurel McGarvie and Sarah Hasson lead Penn's offense with five goals while Tahan (nine points) and Sarah Warner (six points) have also made contributions. In the cage, Sweeney boasts 83 saves with a .755 save average in 898:14 minutes of play.

In their last outing, the Lions (5-6, 1-2) fell to Hofstra 4-2. Columbia is led by Julie Garrison and Katie DeSandis with four goals each and Christine Buszczak with three. Keeper Christie O'Hara has recorded 57 saves and a .722 save percentage in 756:43 minutes in the net.