PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has a five-game win streak, the program’s longest run since the 2006 team won six in a row late in that campaign. The Quakers look to continue the momentum this Friday, as they open Ivy League play with Cornell at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Papal Visit to Philly Causes Early Faceoff
Friday’s game will face off at noon, a rare early start, due to the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia this weekend. Traffic delays are expected throughout the day on Friday, so plan accordingly if you plan to attend Friday’s game. Click here for more information about driving, parking, etc.
Ivy League Digital Network
If you can’t make it to Ellen Vagelos Field on Friday, fear not! All home games, and most Ivy League road matches, can be watched LIVE this year on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN)! This subscription-based service has packages for the year, the season, and even single games. There are also special packages for each of the eight Ivy institutions. Click here for more information!
The Series with Cornell
The Quakers own a 23-14-2 lead over the Big Red, and have won the last two home games in this series including a wild, 4-3 game two years ago that opened Ellen Vagelos Field. Cornell returned the favor last year, gaining a 1-0 win in Ithaca, N.Y.
Like Penn, the Big Red (4-2) comes to Ellen Vagelos Field on a hot streak -- they have won four in a row, all by shutout, after losing two to start the season. The teams have one common opponent, Sacred Heart; Penn defeated the Pioneers 5-2, while Cornell won 7-0. Krysten Mayers leads Cornell in scoring, with six goals and 14 points, while Katy Weeks has three goals. The Siergiej sisters, Marisa and Isabel, have scored two goals each, as has Kate Fitzpatrick. Marisa was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick last year, while Katy Weeks and Sam McILwrick were second-team All-Ivy selections. In goal, Kelly Johnson (0.32 GAA, .917 save percentage) and Mackenzie Gagliardi (0.36, .857) have basically split time.
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won five games in a row including three in a row against intra-city opponents (Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova).
*Penn is 5-1 after six games for the second time in the last three years; the 2013 team went on to a 6-1 start en route to a 13-4 overall record.
*Prior to that 2013 season, the last time Penn started 5-1? Try 1997.
*Through six games, sophomore Alexa Hoover has 15 goals and three assists for 33 points. She entered the week leading the nation in goals and points per game.
*With 10 games still left in the regular season, Hoover -- who has scored at least once in every game this season -- has already surpassed her goals and points totals for ALL of last season. She led the Ivy League last year with 14 tallies, and was third among Ivy players with 31 points.
*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game when she notched five against Saint Joseph’s. The previous record of four was met three times in program history, most recently by Judy Jaczun against Dartmouth in 1989.
*Perhaps most impressive was that Hoover had her five goals while there was still more than 20 minutes left in regulation.
*Hoover has also had hat tricks against Liberty and Sacred Heart this season, giving her four career games with three or more goals.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti has recorded at least a point in every game this season. She has 14 points so far this season (3g, 8a), and entered the week second nationally in assists per game.
*Rachel Huang and Selena Garzio had Penn’s other goals last Sunday against Sacred Heart, while Hitti and freshman Sofia Palacios had assists in the game. Garzio’s goal was her second this season.
*Sophomore Gina Guccione had Penn’s first two goals last Wednesday against Villanova; it was her first multi-goal game for the Quakers.
*Junior co-captain Elise Tilton has three points this season, with a goal against Longwood and an assist vs. Saint Joseph’s.
*Garzio and fellow freshman Karen Seid are the two newcomers who have started all four games so far this season. Seid has an assist this season, as do Alex Agathis and Claire Kneizys.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 14:35 this season; she has a 2.89 goals-against average and a .629 save percentage.
*Freshman Reina Kern saw her first collegiate action in Penn’s win over Saint Joseph’s on September 11, and had one save while allowing a goal.
*Penn returns six players who saw action in all 17 games last season, another who played in all but one game, and yet another who saw time in 14 contests.
*Penn returns five goal scorers from a year ago, led by Hoover (14), Hitti (8) and Tilton (4).
*In addition to her Rookie of the Year honors last year, Hoover was just the second player in program history to earn first-team All-Ivy as a freshman. She also received second-team NFHCA All-Region recognition.
*Penn has three All-Ivy players to replace, due to graduation: Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddick were second-team All-Ivy last year, while Alex Iqbal received honorable mention recognition. Corcoran scored nine goals last year, while Iqbal had seven.