PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has started Ivy League play with a pair of dramatic wins, going to overtime to beat Cornell and Harvard. On Tuesday, the Quakers head out of conference to face traditional rival Lafayette. Faceoff is 4 p.m. at Ellen Vagelos Field.
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The Series With Lafayette
The Quakers lead a series that has been close over the years, 18-17-6, thanks to a 4-2 win in Easton last year. That snapped six-game win streak by the Leopards. Penn and Lafayette have played every season since 1974, just the second year field hockey was a varsity sport here at the University.
The Leopards (6-5) snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, defeating archrival Lehigh 2-1 behind a late goal from Amy Turner. Don’t be fooled by the four losses, though -- three of them came against ranked teams, including No. 1 UConn and No. 7 Albany. Amanda Magadan has 17 points this season (7g, 3a), while Katie Birie has six goals and Turner has 12 points (4g, 4a). At the other end, Katelyn Arnold has started all 11 matches and has a 2.45 goals-against average and .646 save percentage.
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won seven games in a row; the last time the Quakers won seven or more in a row was in 2004, when they won their last eight contests.
*Penn is 7-1 after eight games, the best eight-game start in program history. The previous best eight-game start came in 1988, when the Quakers were 6-1-1. That Penn team eventually reached the NCAA semifinal round.
*Junior captain Elise Tilton provided the heroics on Saturday at Harvard, scoring the OT winner for her second tally of the season.
*Sophomore Gina Guccione got the game to overtime, scoring her fifth goal of the season with just 3:43 left in regulation off a Rachel Huang feed. Those five goals have come over Penn’s last six contests, and she has scored in both Ivy contests to date.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti, who assisted Tilton’s winner on Saturday, has recorded at least a point in every game this season. She has 15 points so far this season (3g, 9a), and enters the week second nationally in assists per game.
*The story through eight games, of course, has been sophomore Alexa Hoover. She has a staggering 17 goals and three assists for 37 points, and enters the week leading the nation in goals per game and second in points per game.
*With eight regular-season games still to play, Hoover -- who was held scoreless for the first time this season on Saturday at Harvard -- needs four goals and seven points to break the program’s single-season records in those categories. (Liz Lorelli scored 20 goals and had 43 points in 2003.)
*At the midpoint of the season, Hoover has already surpassed her goals and points totals for ALL of last season -- when she led the Ivy League in goals (14) and was third among Ivy players in points (31).
*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.
*Huang and Selena Garzio scored against Sacred Heart on September 20, while Hitti and freshman Sofia Palacios had assists in the game. Garzio’s goal was her second this season.
*Garzio and fellow freshman Karen Seid are the two newcomers who have started all eight 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 2.59 goals-against average and a .660 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.