Field Hockey Opens Ivy Season at Cornell


PHILADELPHIA
- Holding a 1-2 record after the first full week of non-conference play, the Penn field hockey team opens the Ivy League season on the road versus Cornell (3-1). The Quakers and Big Red square off at noon Saturday at Marsha Dodson Field in Ithaca, N.Y.

Following the Action: Fans can follow the contest via live stats.

Penn's Week in Review: Colleen Fink earned her first win as Penn's head coach last Saturday afternoon versus William and Mary with the 1-0 victory. Goalkeeper Kieran Sweeney had seven saves in the shutout, while freshman Sunny Stirewalt netted the game-winning goal. The next day, Penn ended up on the other side of a one-goal match, falling to Davidson, 4-3. Sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer, junior Kirstin Snyder, and sophomore Sarah Hasson each tallied a goal.

Penn Attack: On the season, Sunny Stirewalt and sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer lead the Quaker offense with two goals apiece, while senior Laurel McGarvie, Sarah Hasson, and Kirstin Snyder have each scored one. Junior Abigail Egan leads the squad with two helpers.

Penn Defense: Kieran Sweeney has shown to be an active and aggressive defender in the cage, tallying 25 saves in 178:07 minutes and sporting a 3.03 goals-against average and .806 save percentage. The junior holds a 1-1 record on the year, including a shutout.

The Series with Cornell: Saturday's match will mark the 35th meeting between the Ivy rivals. The Quakers hold a 21-11-2 advantage in the all-time series dating back to 1976. However, Cornell has won four of the last five meetings, including last year's 3-2 overtime win at Franklin Field. Penn's last win versus Cornell was in 2007 with a 3-2 decision at home. Since 1997, six of the 13 meetings between the Big Red and Red and Blue have gone into overtime and the average goal differential has been 1.3 goals per game.

Last Time vs. the Big Red (9/18/09): In the first Ivy League match of the season, Cornell's Catie De Stio netted her third goal of the evening just 22 seconds into the overtime period to give the Big Red their fifth straight win of the season. Penn's valiant comeback from a 2-0 deficit, led by Sarah Hasson and Katie Rose, fell just short of capturing the win. Cornell held the slim edge in shots (11-10) and penalty corners (3-2).

Scouting Cornell: Last weekend, the Big Red split a pair of games, falling to Bucknell, before defeating Saint Joseph's to improve to 3-1 on the season. All three of Cornell's wins have been decided by one goal. Catie DeStio leads the Big Red's attack with two goals and two assists, while Kat DiPastina and Hannah Balleza have also had two find the back of the cage. Like Sweeney, keeper Alex Botte has made 25 saves on the season. She holds a 1.95 goals-against average and a .758 save percentage.