Field Hockey Overpowered by Neighbor Drexel 4-1

PHILADELPHIA - Kelsey Tahan came off the bench to score Penn's lone goal on a penalty stroke 1:34 into the game, but Drexel got the rest to defeat the Quakers 4-1 Wednesday night. The 12th ranked Dragons improved to 12-2 as Penn fell to 4-9.

On Penn's first offensive possession of the night, junior Annie Matthews attacked the goal on a breakaway and drew keeper Jenna Phillips out of the cage. Phillips illegally made the stop, handing Penn a free shot at the goal. Injured with a pulled hamstring and not expected to play, Coach Val Cloud called Tahan in to take the stroke. Penn got on the board first when Tahan lifted the ball over the right shoulder of Phillips for the 1-0 lead.

Controlling the ball near the Dragon's goal for nearly all of the first seven minutes of play, the Quakers were not intimidated by Drexel's rank or record. However, a flurry of Dragon shots kept keeper Kieran Sweeney very busy throughout the rest of the first half. Drexel finally connected in the 28th minute when Susan Ciufo knocked in a deflected ball from Jordan Freese to tie the score at one. Sweeney finished the half with eight saves.

After the intermission it was all Drexel. Christina Mastropaolo scored back-to-back goals to break the Dragon's record for goals in a season with 20. The first came in the 38th minute unassisted and the second came five minutes later with help from Carolina Gibernau.

At 49:58 Jennifer Bolger capped the night with a goal of her own. Penn had little chance to score, spending most of the half defending Drexel's 11 shots. Penn only managed to get one off, as the Dragons outshot the Quakers 21-6 for the entire game.

In the cage Sweeney totaled a career high 13 saves.

With this game being their final non-conference contest of the season, Penn gears up for its last four against Ivy opponents. The Quakers travel to Columbia for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.