Field Hockey Looks to Stay in Ivy Title Race

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team plays one final road game this weekend, and a lot is on the line as the Quakers take the field Saturday at Brown. Win, and Penn sets itself up for a meeting with Princeton November 7 that would have Ivy title and NCAA implications. The Bears are first, however, and the Quakers will face off with them at noon on Brown’s Goldberger Field in Providence, R.I.

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Around The Ivy League
All eight teams are in action on Saturday, with two games facing off at noon and two at 1 p.m. In addition to Penn (4-1) and Brown (1-4) in Providence, the other noon faceoff features the two teams in the race with the Quakers, Princeton (5-0) and Cornell (4-1), in New Jersey. Dartmouth (2-3) and Harvard (2-3) face off at 1 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass., while Yale (0-5) and Columbia (2-3) meet in New York City at that same time.

The Series with Brown
The Quakers have dominated this matchup through the years, with a 27-8-3 advantage, and have won four in a row and eight of the last nine meetings. Penn won last year’s meeting in Philadelphia, 2-1, and took a 4-0 decision two years ago in Providence.

About Brown
The Bears (6-8) have lost three of their last four games, all of the losses coming in Ivy play to Harvard (4-2), Princeton (4-2) and Cornell (6-1). Hannah Rogers and Alexis Miller have scored six times each to lead the Brown attack; Rogers also has three assists. Ellie Seid -- twin sister of Penn freshman Karen Seid -- has four goals, while Katarina Angus has three. Emily Arciero leads the Bears with six assists. In goal, Katie Hammaker has played every minute; she has a 2.75 goals-against average and a .672 save percentage.

Hitti Named to NFHCA Division I Senior Game
Earlier this week, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the participants for the 2015 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game, and Penn senior midfielder Elizabeth Hitti was one of the players named. She is one of just three Ivy League players currently on the rosters, joining Columbia's Christina Freibott and Cornell's Marisa Siergiej. The Senior Game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. this year's game will take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

About Penn
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Quakers had a program-record nine-game winning streak ended two weeks ago at Columbia, but have responded with wins at Bucknell (3-2 in OT) and Drexel (5-1 on Wednesday), and at home against Yale (4-2).

*Penn is 12-2 after 14 games, the second-best 14-game start in program history. The best 14-game start came in 1988, when the Quakers were 12-1-1. That Penn team eventually reached the NCAA semifinal round.

*Penn finished 4-0 against the city schools this year, defeating Drexel, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova. The Quakers will not play La Salle this season.

*Penn has reached double figures in the win column for the second time in three years, and the 12th time in program history dating back to 1973. The program record for wins in a season is 14, set in 1988, while the 2004 and 2013 teams reached 13 victories.

*Penn has played five overtime games this season. The program record for OT games in one season is seven, set in 1997; the Quakers went 3-4 in those contests. The 1990 team played six overtime games, going 2-2-2. The current team is tied for third in that category with the 1984 and 2000 squads, which also played five OT games (going 1-0-4 and 0-5, respectively).

*Penn is 4-1 in its OT games this season; under Colleen Fink, the Quakers are 11-5 when going to extra time.

*Penn started 3-0 in Ivy League play for the second time in three years; prior to 2013, the last time the Quakers were 3-0 after three Ivy matches was 1995.

*Penn -- which has scored at least twice in all but one game so far this season -- has four different players who have scored at least five times this season, and two others who have scored three goals each.

*Sophomore Alexa Hoover has continued to sizzle; after recording a goal and two assists last Saturday vs. Yale, she has six goals and three assists in Penn’s last three games. With two regular-season games still left to play, Hoover has already shattered the program’s single-season records for goals (27) and points (62). Both records were previously held by Liz Lorelli, who had 20 goals and 43 points in 2003.

*With 41 goals, Hoover -- a sophomore -- needs just three to tie the program’s record for goals in a career. That is held by Lisa Romig, who had 44 from 1978-81. Hoover’s 93 career points are five shy of the record 98, also held by Romig.

*Hoover -- who has scored in all but two games this year -- enters the weekend leading the nation in goals per game and second in points per game by a mere 0.10. (Hoover is averaging 4.43 ppg; UConn’s Charlotte Veitner is averaging 4.53 ppg.)

*Hoover has nearly doubled her totals for ALL of last season, when she led the Ivy League in goals (14) and was third among Ivy players in points (31).

*Hoover has been named Ivy League Player of the Week four times this season, a Penn record for one season. The last player honored so many times in the same season in field hockey was Princeton’s Kathleen Sharkey in 2012.

*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game when she notched five against Saint Joseph’s on September 11. 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.)

*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti had a goal and two assists last Saturday vs. Yale. She now has 16 assists for the season, and 32 for her career; both of those numbers tie program records set originally by Nancy Lock, who had 16 assists in 1980 and totaled 32 assists from 1978-81.

*Hitti has 28 points this season (6g, 16a), and enters the weekend tied as the national leader (with Veitner) in assists per game (1.00).

*Junior co-captain Elise Tilton has four goals this season -- including the first tally last Saturday vs. Yale -- but ended things on consecutive Ivy League Saturdays against Harvard and Dartmouth with the winning goals in OT. She is tied for third on the team with 13 points.

*Freshman Sofia Palacios scored her first collegiate goal last Saturday; she also has an assist this season.

*Freshman Selena Garzio, who scored twice in last Wednesday’s win at Drexel, now has 13 points this season (5g, 3a) which is tied with Tilton for third on the team.

*Sophomore Rachel Huang had Penn’s only goal at Columbia, her third of the season.

*Sophomore Gina Guccione got the Harvard game to overtime, scoring her fifth goal of the season with just 3:43 left in regulation off a Huang feed. She has scored in two of the Quakers’ four Ivy matches so far.

*Claire Kneizys has four assists on the penalty corner unit this season; she is fourth on the team in that category.

*Garzio and fellow freshman Karen Seid (1a) are the two newcomers who have started every game so far this season. Senior Alex Agathis also has an assist this season.

*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 20 minutes of game action this season; she has a 2.16 goals-against average and a .685 save percentage.