PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team is on a three-game win streak after a pair of wins against intra-city rivals over the weekend. On Wednesday, the Quakers host another local opponent, as Villanova travels in from the Main Line. Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m. at Ellen Vagelos Field.
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The Series with Villanova
The Quakers hold a slight 15-14-2 lead in the series, thanks in part to wins in each of the last three meetings. These two programs have faced off with each other every year since 1986. The last four matchups have been one-goal affairs, including last year’s 2-1 decision in which Alexa Hoover and Elizabeth Hitti scored the Penn goals.
The Wildcats (1-4) have lost two in a row after their first win of the season, a 6-1 rout of Ball State on September 4. Seven different players have scored for Villanova already this season with Francesca Bello, Kristen Mericle and Emily Cliggett all scoring twice. In goal, Erika Miller has a 2.28 goals-against average and a .739 save percentage.
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won three games in a row.
*Penn is 3-1 after four games for the third time in the last four years; prior to 2012, the last time the Quakers were 3-1 after four games was 1997.
*Penn scored seven goals against Saint Joseph’s last Friday; it was the most goals for the Quakers in a game since last year’s season opener, a 9-1 win over Lehigh.
*Through four games, sophomore Alexa Hoover has 11 goals and one assist for 23 points. She is just three goals shy of her total for ALL of last season, when she led the Quakers and the Ivy League with 14 tallies.
*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game last Friday 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.
*On Tuesday, Hoover was named Ivy League Player of the Week; she also was co-POTW the previous week, sharing the honor with Princeton’s Anya Gersoff.
*Hoover also had all three goals in Penn’s season-opening loss at Liberty. It was her second collegiate hat trick; coincidentally, her first came in LAST YEAR’S season opener, against Lehigh.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti assisted Hoover’s goal, then scored the winner, in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Temple. She has 11 points this season (3g, 5a).
*Three other players have scored for the Quakers this season: junior co-captain Elise Tilton, sophomore Gina Guccione, and freshman Selena Garzio. Garzio also has two assists, while Tilton has one.
*Garzio and fellow freshmen Karen Seid are the two newcomers who have started all four games so far this season. Seid has an assist this season, along with Alex Agathis and Claire Kneizys.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 14:35 this season; she has a 3.07 goals-against average and a .690 save percentage.
*Freshman Reina Kern saw her first collegiate action in the win over Saint Joseph’s, 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.
*Hoover led the Quakers and the Ivy League with 14 goals last season, and her 31 points was third among Ivy players.
*Rachel Huang played in every game last season and scored twice, while Guccione scored once while also seeing time in every match in 2014.
*Kneizys figures to anchor the defense after starting back there last year; she finished last season with 12 shots and two assists.
*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.