Field Hockey Makes First Ivy Roadtrip to Harvard

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PHILADELPHIA - After a tough non-conference loss to Villanova on Wednesday, field hockey will get back into the Ivy League portion of its schedule with its first Ivy road trip of the season this weekend as the team travels to Harvard (2-3, 0-1). The Crimson are coming off of three straight losses after starting the season with a pair of wins. In Harvard's Ivy League opener, the Crimson fell to Yale, 5-1.

Penn vs. Harvard - Saturday, September 24 - Noon

Tracking the Action: Harvard will be providing both live stats and a live video feed of all the action from Cambridge this weekend.

First Ivy League road series...

*Saturday's game with Harvard will be the first Ivy League road game of the season for Penn.

*In preparation for the field conditions, the Quakers are making the trip up to Massachusetts on Friday and holding a practice on the Crimson's field.

*The Quakers are still looking for their first win on the road this season.

The Series vs. Harvard...

*Penn has played Harvard every year since 1977 (34 games).

*Harvard leads the all-time series 19-13-2

*Despite the six game advantage overall, the Crimson have outscored Penn by just a four goal margin, 53-49.

*Harvard won the meeting in 2010 between the two schools, but Penn's senior class is 2-1 against the Crimson, outscoring them 6-3 in their previous three years.

*Penn is 6-12-1 all-time at Harvard, but did win the last meeting in Cambridge between these two schools in 2009, 4-1.

A year ago...

*Harvard defeated Penn, 2-0, snapping a two game winning streak that Penn had over the Crimson.

*Seven different Penn players split the seven team shots. Sarah Hasson, Katie Harrington, Julie Tahan, Kirstin Snyder, and Sunny Stirewalt all took shots.

*Tahan and Stirewalt are the only returning players that got shots on goal in that game.

*Kieran Sweeney started in goal and played the first 52 minutes, making one save during that time.

*With neither team conceding a large amount of penalty corners, Penn held the slight edge in this statistic, 5-3, for the game.

Scouting Harvard...

*Sydney Jenkins, Kyleigh Keating, Bridget McGillivray, and Noel Painter all have two goals this season for Harvard, which is averaging 2.2 goals per game.

*Carly Dickson and Katelin Wahl are tied for the team lead with two assists.

*McGillivray and Painter also have one assist and are tied for the team lead in points with five.

*Dickson (15 shots) and McGillivray (10 shots) have taken just over 40 percent of the Crimson's shots this season.

*Harvard has two defensive saves this season. One each from Carly McNeil and Rebecca Houser.

*Cynthia Tassopoulos has started every game for Harvard and played all but 19 minutes in goal this season. She is allowing 2.87 goals against on average and saving 77 percent of the shots on goal.

*Harvard is averaging 12.2 shots per game and is earning nearly seven penalty corners per contest.

*As a team, the Crimson are getting 64 percent of their total shots on goal.

*15 different players have taken at least one shot for Harvard this season.

The Penn attack...

*After scoring in consecutive games, freshman Emily Corcoran is the team leader in goals with her tallies against Cornell and Villanova. Her two goals have her tied for 10th in the Ivy League in scoring.

*Helene Caniglia, Julie Tahan, and Kirstin Snyder each have added one goal this season to the Quakers' offense.

*Corcoran has a team-high five points on the season.

*With Caniglia, Tahan, and Snyder also having an assist to go with their goals, each has three points on the season.

*Penn has scored exactly one goal in each of the past five games.

*As a team, Penn ranks fifth in the Ivies in penalty corners taken on average. The Quakers are earning 6.33 penalty corners per game.

*Eight Quakers have gotten a shot off this season. Snyder leads the team with 17 total shots and 12 on goal.

*Tahan has recorded a shot in each of Penn's six games this season and has a shot on goal in each of the last five.

*Snyder currently ranks eighth in the Ivies in shots (17) and ninth in shots per game (2.8). She has gotten a shot on goal in each of the last five games.

*Sarah Hasson has started each of the past two games and has two shots this season.

*Corcoran has taken nine shots in the last four games, including six in the past two games. Seven of those nine shots have been on goal.

*Alex Iqbal has a shot on goal in four of the last five games. She also has a shot on goal in three of the last four games.

*Corcoran's goal in the first half against Lafayette was the first time Penn scored in the first 35 minutes this season. Prior to that goal, all of Penn's goals this season had come in the second half of games.

*Penn is averaging 10 and a half shots over the last five games and just over seven penalty corners per game during that span.

*Kyle deSandes-Moyer, Corcoran, Snyder, Tahan, Caniglia, and Iqbal have started every game this season. Abigail Egan, Amelia Cohen, and Hasson have seen playing time in all six games.

The Penn defense...

*Kieran Sweeney has started the past five games in goal. She has a save percentage of .765 and a goals against average of 2.26, playing all but 49 minutes in goal this season.

*Sweeney is one of six Ivy League goalies to record a shutout this season. She is fourth in the league is goals against average and fifth in save percentage. She made a season-high 12 saves in the game against Villanova.

*Penn ranks second as a team in the Ivy League in defensive saves with four.

*The Quakers did not record a defensive save against Villanova. That was the first time in four games that this occurred.

*Mandy Epstein is one of two Ivy League defenders with multiple defensive saves. She is currently second in the Ivies with two on the season.

*Freshman MaryRose Croddick recorded the first defensive save of her career to help Penn preserve the shutout win over Cornell.

*Fellow freshman Helene Caniglia also had a defensive save in the first game against American.

*The back line defense of Caroline Olt, Epstein, and Croddick has started every game this season.

*Katherine Cook has seen action in each of the last two games.

Looking ahead: After the road game at Harvard, the Quakers will come back to Franklin Field for three more home games. Included in the upcoming home stand are non-conference games with La Salle and UC Davis, along with an Ivy League game with Dartmouth.