Field Hockey Opens Ivy Schedule with Cornell

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PHILADELPHIA - Field hockey opens up Ivy League play this Saturday when Cornell comes to Franklin Field for a game at noon. The Quakers are currently in search of their first win on the young season. The Big Red (2-2) enters the Ivy opener on a two game skid following losses to Vermont and Maine after starting the season with two consecutive victories.

Penn vs. Cornell - Saturday, September 17 - Noon

Tracking the Action: The Penn Sports Network will be providing a live video stream with play-by-play commentary for not only this game, but the entire home schedule. Live Stats will also be available.

The opening home stand...

*Saturday's game against Cornell will be the second of three consecutive home games for field hockey.

*The Quakers have nine home contests in 2011 and this will be the second of those nine contests.

*Both of the Quakers' overtime victories came at home last season.

The Series vs. Cornell...

*Penn has played Cornell every year since 1976.

*Penn is 21-12-2 all-time vs. Cornell.

*The Quakers have outscored the Big Red 84-49 in the all-time series.

*Cornell has won the last three contests against Penn.

*Penn's last victory was in 2007, a 3-2 overtime win at home.

*Penn is 11-5-1 against Cornell at home.

*Six of the last 14 games between Penn and Cornell have gone to overtime.

*Penn is 4-1-1 in thosesix overtime games.

A year ago...

*Cornell defeated Penn, 4-0, in the Ivy League opener for both teams last season.

*Sarah Hasson had two shots on goal, while Julie Tahan put another attempt on frame. Sunny Stirewalt also got a shot on net, coming off the bench in that game.

*Kieran Sweeney played the entire 70 minutes in goal and made 12 saves on the day.

Scouting Cornell...

*Cornell started the season with a pair of wins against Villanova and Lock Haven. The team is now on a two-game losing skid after being defeated by Vermont and Maine.

*Sophomore Hannah Ballezo was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year and honorable mention All-Ivy last season.

*Alex Botte was named first-team All-Ivy in 2010.

*Four different players have one goal for Cornell this season.

*Ballezo has a team-high two assists and four points.

*Brittany Thompson is the team leader in shots (8) and shots on goal (5).

*Nine different players have taken shots for Cornell this season.

*Carolyn Horner has played three full games in goal and earned two victories. She is allowing just 1.33 goals per game and has a save percentage of .875

*Alex Botte also started one game in goal this season. She has allowed two goals and made six saves.

*Cornell has played much better offensively in the second half of games. The Big Red have scored three of their four goals in the second half of games and have taken 27 of their 35 shots in the last 35 minutes of games as well.

The Penn attack...

*Kirstin Snyder, Julie Tahan, and Helene Caniglia have each scored a goal for Penn this season.

*Emily Corcoran, Tahan, and Snyder were credited with assists on the three goals that have all come in the second half of games.

*Eight Quakers have gotten a shot off this season. Snyder leads the team with 13 total shots and nine on goal. Eight of those shots came against Saint Joseph's. Abigail Egan became the eighth member of the team to enter this category with her shot on goal against Lafayette.

*Tahan is the only Penn player to record a shot in all four games. Alex Iqbal and Snyder have each recorded at least one shot in the last three games.

*Snyder is currently fourth in the Ivy League in both shots and shots on goal. Tahan is ranked ninth in the Ivies in total shots.

*Penn has played to an even draw in penalty corner attempts the last three games, earning 23, while also conceding 23 attempts.

*Penn is earning exactly six penalty corners per game this season on average, fourth most in the Ivy League.

The Penn defense...

*Kieran Sweeney has started the past three games in goal for Penn after coming in during the second half against American. She has a save percentage of .643 and has a goals against average of 3.03.

*Carly Sokach started the first game in goal and played the first 49 minutes of that game.

*Sweeney currently ranks fifth in goals against average and sixth in save percentage amongst Ivy League goalies.

*Penn ranks first as a team in the Ivy League in defensive saves with three.

*Mandy Epstein is the Ivy League leader in defensive saves after preventing goals against Saint Joseph's and Lafayette.

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

Looking ahead: After the game against Cornell, field hockey will wrap up the first home stand next Wednesday against Villanova at 7:15.