PHILADELPHIA - The Penn field hockey team lifted a huge weight off its shoulders Sunday afternoon, coming back late in regulation and then defeating Columbia in overtime, 3-2. There is no rest for the weary, however, as the Quakers get right back on Franklin Field Wednesday night. The opponent? City rival Saint Joseph's. The Quakers and Hawks will face off at 7:15 p.m.
The Series with Saint Joseph's: Penn leads its series with the Hawks, 10-6, including last year when the Quakers snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with a 2-1 victory on Hawk Hill. The last time these teams met on Franklin Field, in 2008, the Quakers fell 2-1.
About the Hawks: The Hawks (5-9) enter Wednesday night's game on a bit of a hot streak, having won two in a row; they knocked off West Chester last Friday, 3-1, and then took a 3-2 victory over La Salle Sunday. In both games SJU gave up the first goal before coming back to win. Nicole McCreight is SJU's biggest threat up front; she has 11 goals and three assists. Hannah Rogers has three goals and six assists, while Casey Fry and Therese Doyle have four goals apiece. At the other end, Kelly Swanick-who had a combined 19 saves over the weekend-has a 2.91 goals-against average and 131 stops.
*Penn's win on Sunday was its first in overtime since the 2008 season; last year, the Quakers went 0-4 in such games.
*Annie Matthews has had two goals and an assist over Penn's last four games and become the Red and Blue's points leader for the season with six (2g, 2a).
*Kirstin Snyder, who assisted Olt's game-tying goal Sunday, is tied with Laurel McGarvie -- who scored Sunday's game-winner -- for second on the team in scoring; both have two goals and an assist.
*Kyle deSandes-Moyer and Sunny Stirewalt also have two goals apiece, while Sarah Hasson and freshman Julie Tahan have a goal and an assist.
*Tahan and junior Caroline Olt had Penn's regulation goals Sunday vs. Columbia; in both cases, it was their first collegiate goal.
*In goal, Danielle Rothman has been outstanding lately. In addition to her four-save performance in Sunday's win, she had seven saves last Friday at Delaware and 16 last Wednesday at Drexel. Expect to see her in goal tonight.