PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team host their second Ivy League home game tomorrow night, as the Columbia Lions pay a visit from N.Y. The Quakers (4-7, 1-2 Ivy) fell in their last Ivy League match-up Sept. 30, in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Dartmouth. They’ll look to improve to .500 in the league as they face-off against the Lions at 7:15 p.m.
The Series: Penn leads the all-time series with Columbia, 7-3. The Quakers have won four in a row in the series, including a 2-1 overtime win last year at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Last Two Years: The Lions and the Quakers have established a habit in recent years of taking games into overtime. In 2004, the two teams played a defensive battle, which included three defensive saves. Then senior Liz Lorelli was the game’s hero, as she made a defensive save in the last second of the game to take it into overtime. Lorelli also scored the game-winning goal nine minutes into overtime, to give the Quakers a 1-0 victory. In 2005, another senior carried the Quakers to a win, as co-captain Kristen Gray scored the game-winning goal 13 minutes into overtime to seal the 2-1 win. The Lions out shot Penn in that match-up, 11-9.
Penn's Last Time Out: The Quakers are riding a high from Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lock Haven. Penn put an end to the Bald Eagles’ eight-game winning streak, and held their powerful offense to only six shots on net. Junior Kara Bolger got things started for the Quakers as she netted her first goal of the season toward the end of the first half. Senior Tracy Statter got credit for the assist. Just a minute into the second half, the Bald Eagles tied it up at 1-1, as Samantha Stoyer scored, receiving a pass from Renee Kemmerer right in front of the net. It was the only goal senior Elizabeth Schlossberg allowed in her 70 minutes of play. Ten minutes after Lock Haven's goal, junior Meghan Rose scored what would be the game-winning goal, on a pass from Melissa Black inside the circle. The Quakers out shot the Bald Eagles, 9-6 in the win.
Who to Watch For: Meghan Rose is the team’s leading scorer, with three goals, two of which have been game-winners. She also has three assists, and leads the team with nine points. Tracy Statter, Margaretha Ehret and Nicole Black all have two goals apiece, giving Penn a balanced attack.
At the Other End: Schlossberg, a first-team All-Ivy selection a year ago, has played every second in the cage and boasts a 2.34 goals-against average. She has 53 saves on the season, including a season-high 18 saves in Penn’s 4-0 loss to #16 Ohio State on Sept. 3.
About Columbia: Under head coach Katie Beach, the Lions (4-7) are still looking for their first Ivy League win after losses to Brown, Princeton and Cornell. Their most recent match-up at Brown, in Providence, R.I., was a tough 1-0 loss in overtime. Seniors Ramie Merrill and Laura Cosan lead the team’s offense, with four goals each this season.