PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a victory over Lafayette on Wednesday, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will play its third game in seven days Saturday, against Harvard at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Penn (3-3, 0-1 Ivy) is looking to continue the momentum and offensive pressure it built in the game against Lafayette, where the Quakers outshot the Leopards 21-6 on their way to three second half goals, and a 4-2 victory. Harvard (5-1, 1-0 Ivy) is also playing its third game in seven days, and is coming off a 1-0 defeat against Northeastern on Wednesday.
Saturday’s Ivy home opener for Penn is set for 12 p.m., with the game available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
SCOUTING HARVARD: The Crimson began the season with five straight wins before falling, 1-0, to Northeastern this week. Included in those wins is a 4-1 victory over Yale in their Ivy opener. Leading the way offensively are sophomore Marissa Balleza, with four goals, and freshman Hannah Wellington, with three goals. Six other Harvard players have collected at least one goal so far. Junior goalkeeper Issy Davies has started all six games, making 19 saves, while allowing an average of just 1.00 goals per game.
THE SERIES WITH HARVARD: Penn and Harvard are meeting for the 38th time, with the Crimson holding a 20-15-2 advantage. The Quakers are looking for their third straight win against Harvard, after winning, 1-0, in Cambridge last year.
TENDING THE GOAL: Quaker goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels entered Wednesday’s game ranked 19th in the country in save percentage, and is currently sitting at .730. The senior has made 27 saves in 420 minutes of play. Weisenfels collected two saves in the game against Lafayette, and has allowed 10 goals in six games for a 1.67 goals allowed average.
HOOVER RANKS IN TOP FIVE: Before Wednesday, freshman Alexa Hoover ranked top five nationally in points per game, with 2.80. The Quakers forward added a goal against Lafayette pushing her to seven goals and two assists for 16 points in six games.
THE SCORING ‘COMPETITION’ CONTINUES: Hoover and Emily Corcoran have been “competing” for leading scorer all season long, as they continue to match one another’s offensive output. The freshman led the senior by a goal going into Wednesday’s game against Lafayette. Corcoran scored twice in the game pushing her total to seven, before Hoover tallied her seventh late in the second half. The Penn offense has benefited greatly from the pair of forwards, with the duo having 30 of the Quakers 48 total points on the year.