PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team is headed to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell Saturday inits first Ivy League game of the season.
The team is looking to improve on its slow start. The Quakers head into this game with a 1-5 record. However, not one of those gameshas beena league game, apoint which head coach Val Cloud believes is crucial.
“We play two seasons, and [Saturday] we start league play,” she said. “This game is a must win for us.”
Last year, Penn beat Cornell in overtime, 3-2. Junior Kathryn Rose scored the winning goal off a penalty corner. Rose, who currently has a goal and an assist, will be an important part of the offense on Saturday.
In addition to Rose, all of the Penn offense will need to step up. In recent games, the Quakers have been moving the ball up the field, but are having difficulty transitioning plays into scoring opportunities.
As coach Cloud puts it, “We need to execute.”
The team hopes starting back Sarah Warner will play tomorrow. During the Lafayette match a ball caught her face, and Warner had to leave the game for stitches.
Like Penn, this will be Cornell’s first league game. The Big Red currently holds a 1-3 record, with its latest loss coming at the hands of Bucknell, 3-2.
The Red and Blue defense will look to shut down Belen Martinez, who currently leads the Cornell goal tally with three.
Game time is set for noon on Saturday in the first-ever game played at the newly constructed Marsha Dodson Field.