PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team looks to end recent slump Wednesday night when it takes on Lafayette at 7 p.m. in Easton, Pa. The Quakers’ four-game winning streak against the Panthers and an overall 17-11-6 series record between the two should help in the Penn’s hunt for a win. Last season, the Quakers defeated Lafayette, 1-0.
The key to success for the Quakers will be to score early. In recent matchups, the Red and Blue have had trouble finding the back of the net in the first half, while allowing their opponents to score.
Penn has had successful second halves; however the Quakers have been unable to make up for those deficits established early in matches. To date, Penn has outshoot its opponents, 39-19, during the second half. In addition, the have Quakers edged opponents, 21-13, in penalty corners.
Penn will look to seniors Margaretha Ehret, Christina Ferrier and Rachel Eng to lead the Quaker offense to early goals. Each senior has netted two goals.
In addition to offense, the Quaker defense will be instrumental in a successful first half. Juniors Kelsey Tahan, Kathleen Moran and Stephanie Ragg have recorded defensive saves and will need to continue their strong defense.
Goalie Alanna Butera has remained strong between the posts, with 29 saves so far this season, and will look to follow this trend.
Lafayette heads into tomorrow’s game with a 3-2 record; its past weekend ended in a 3-1 loss to Lock Haven. The Leopards had a close matchup against No. 17 Rutgers, losing in double overtime, 3-2. A few weekends ago Penn fell to Rutgers, 4-2.
Penn will look to shut down Lafayette’s leading scorers, Kelly Hilovsky with four goals and Maggie Condon with three. Hilovsky scored the lone goal in the Lock Haven loss.
Besides needing a strong first half for Penn, head coach Val Cloud believes the team is ready for the Leopards.
“We are playing together; we just need to play two strong halves in the same game,” she said.