PHILADELPHIA Junior Tracy Statter scored two goals, including the game-winner with just under three minutes to play, to give the Penn field hockey team a 3-2 win over No. 15 Villanova Wednesday night at Franklin Field.
The Quakers (4-4) and Wildcats (8-2) played almost 30 minutes of scoreless field hockey before Villanova stuck first -- Rory Rogers took a feed from Sam Covelski and nailed it into the goal at the 29:26 mark. The Wildcats added another tally 8:23 into the second stanza, but Penn answered just 21 seconds later withits first tally of the night as senior Cara Calahan dribbled the ball to the right of the cage and found Statter open in front.
Down 2-1 with 10 minutes left to play, Penn took on a whole new life. Freshman Rachel Eng found herself in the right place at the right time to score the equalizer. After the Red and Blue were rewarded a corner, Eng took the ball and snuck by Villanova’s goalie Alex Whalen with exactly five minutes remaining on the scoreboard. Villanova called a timeout, but the Quakers quickly took control of the ball and found themselves with another opportunity to score on a penalty corner. After the Quakers' first shot was blocked by the Nova defense, sophomore Meghan Rose got her stick on the ball and fed it to Statter for the game winner.
In the Penn cage, junior Elizabeth Schlossberg made four saves, while Whalen did not make a stop at the other end.
This is the second time in the last two years Penn has upset a nationally-ranked team; last year, the Red and Blue stunned No. 14 Delaware, 2-1.
Penn returns to Ivy League play Saturday, hosting Dartmouth on Franklin Field at noon.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications