Field Hockey Hosts Villanova in Mid-Week Matchup

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PHILADELPHIA - Following a 1-0 shutout victory over Cornell in the Ivy League opener, field hockey will look to carry that momentum into the mid-week non-conference matchup with Villanova this Wednesday at Franklin Field. The mid-week matchup will once again be played under the lights with a start time of 7:15 p.m. Villanova (3-4) is coming into this game following a 3-1 win over Radford this past weekend.

Penn vs. Villanova - Wednesday, September 21 - 7:15 p.m.

Tracking the Action: The Penn Sports Network will be providing a live video stream with play-by-play commentary for not only this game, but the entire home schedule. Live Stats will also be available.

Closing out the first home stand...

*Wednesday's game with Villanova will be last of three consecutive home games for the first home stand.

*Penn has won three of its last five contests at Franklin Field dating back to last season.

*After the game with Villanova, the Quakers will make a trip north to Harvard before returning home next Wednesday for another three game home stand.

The Series vs. Villanova...

*Penn has played Villanova 28 times, including every year since 1986.

*The all-time series is tied with each side winning 13 times and drawing twice.

*The Quakers have outscored the Wildcats 62-52 in the all-time series.

*Villanova has won the last five matchups in this series, but three of those victories have come by just one goal.

*Penn is 10-3 against Villanova at home and have outscored the Wildcats 37-24 in those games played on Penn's campus.

A year ago...

*Villanova defeated Penn, 4-0, with Villanova as the home team in 2010.

*The Quakers got seven total shots on goal, including three by Julie Tahan and one by Kirstin Snyder.

*Snyder had the only shot on goal for Penn in that game.

*Kieran Sweeney played just over 61 minutes in the game and made four saves during that time.

Scouting Villanova...

*Villanova started off the season with a win, followed by two loses. The Wildcats then won another game followed by two losses and most recently won their last contest over Radford, 3-1.

*Freshman Jessica Swoboda has been named to the Big East honor roll in each of the past two weeks.

*Swoboda is tied for the team lead in goals with four and has a team-high 10 points in 2011.

*Leah High also has four goals on the season.

*Amy Jackson leads the team in assists with three.

*Megan Goelz has played all but 25 minutes in goal during Villanova's seven games. She has a save percentage of .683 with a goals against average of 3.87.

*Alex Diekmann has played the rest of the time, allowing just one goal in her playing time.

*The Wildcats are averaging 9.9 shots per game.

*11 different players have recorded a shot for Villanova.

*On average, the Wildcats have been given up twice as many shots as they have taken.

*They have also given up three times as many penalty corners as they have taken.

The Penn attack...

*Four different players have scored a goal in the last four games - Helene Caniglia, Emily Corcoran, Julie Tahan, Kirstin Snyder

*The same four players that have a goal have also assisted one another on each of those four goals.

*Eight Quakers have gotten a shot off this season. Snyder leads the team with 16 total shots and 11 on goal. Eight of those shots came against Saint Joseph's. Abigail Egan became the eighth member of the team to enter this category with her shot on goal against Lafayette.

*Tahan has recorded a shot in each of Penn's five games this season.

*Snyder currently ranks sixth in the Ivies in shots (16) and fourth in shots per game (3.2).

*Sarah Hasson, who was inserted into the starting lineup against Cornell, has a shot in two of the last three games.

*Kyle deSandes-Moyer has taken a shot in every other game this season.

*Corcoran has taken six shots in the last three games and scored the game-winning goal in her Ivy League debut.

*All four of Penn's goals this season have come in the second half of games.

*Penn is averaging just under 12 shots and six penalty corners per game over the last four contests.

The Penn defense...

*Kieran Sweeney has started the past four games in goal. She has a save percentage of .730 and has a goals against average of 2.33 after her shutout victory over Cornell.

*Sweeney is one of six Ivy League goalies to record a shutout this season. She is fourth in the league is goals against average and fifth in save percentage. She made nine saves in the shutout victory over Cornell.

*The Quakers held Cornell scoreless on 11 total penalty corners, including eight in the second half of that game.

*Penn ranks first as a team in the Ivy League in defensive saves with four.

*Penn has made a defensive save in each of the last three games and in four of the five game this season.

*Mandy Epstein is still the only Ivy League defender with multiple defensive saves. She has two for the year.

*Freshman MaryRose Croddick recorded the first defensive save of her career to help Penn preserve the shutout win over Cornell.

Fellow freshman Helene Caniglia also had a defensive save in the game against American.

*Carly Sokach started the first game in goal and played the first 49 minutes of that game.

Looking ahead: After the game against Villanova, the Quakers will get back into their Ivy League schedule as they travel to Harvard this Saturday at noon.