PHILADELPHIA - Both Penn and Columbia came into tonight's field hockey game at Franklin Field needing a win. The Quakers were riding high after beating Lock Haven 2-1on Oct. 8, while the Lions were trying to recover from a 1-0 overtime loss to Brown. With both teams' records at 4-7, it was anybody's game. And though the Lions made a compelling second-half comeback attempt, the Quakers pulled through with an exciting 3-2 win.
“It was such a good team effort,” Penn coach Val Cloud said. “I asked them tonight if they were watching or moving, and tonight they decided to move.”
The Quakers moved early, and they moved often, as they outshot the Lions, 13-5.
Fifteen minutes into the game, Penn put the ball in the net for what they thought was the first score of the game, but the referees called it back because it had bounced off a Penn player’s body. That didn’t stop the Quakers’ momentum, though -- just seven minutes later, junior Nicole Black got a pass from the sideline, broke away from her defender, and slipped a shotby Columbia’s goalie, Gena Miller.
Eleven minutes later, Black would score again, this time off a pass in front of the net from junior Jamie Calahan, giving Penn a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
“Nicole just came out of the blue,” Cloud said. “She comes out of nowhere, and gives us two absolutely beautiful goals. It was great.”
Penn maintained their dominance into the second half. Thirteen minutes into the half, freshman Kathryn Rose connected with senior Tracy Statter to give the Quakers a 3-0 lead.
But just three minutes later, the momentum shifted in Columbia’s favor, and in a big way. On a scramble in front of Penn’s net, Columbia freshman Jane Gartland snuck one by goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg to putthe Lions on the board. Just 30 seconds later, on another scramble in front of the net, the referees called a penalty stroke for Columbia, when Schlossberg reportedly covered the ball with her hand, which is illegal.
“Strokes are only called when it should have been a sure goal,” Cloud said. “I can’t see how that would have been a sure goal from that angle, but that wasn’t my call.”
Sophomore Megan Davidson took the stroke for the Lions and scored, makingit 3-2. The comeback gave the Lions new life, but Penn’s defense didn’t let anything else get by them.
Cloud pointed to junior back Nicole Levi as the leader of Penn’s outstanding defensive effort.
“That’s the best I’ve ever seen her play,” Cloud said.
Despite Columbia’s late-game rally, the Quakers regained control of the flow of the game, and almost scored again, as they had two penalty corners in the last two minutes of the game. But neither team would score again, and Penn pulled through by a final score of 3-2.
Rose, Ehret, Calahan, and freshman Kelsey Tahan all had one shot each in the win, while Melissa Black, Tracy Statter, and Nicole Black had three apiece. Cloud was happy with her team’s offensive effort, as they scored three goals and had 13 shots.
“The three goals were all goals scored from the field, and I was happy to see that,” Cloud said. “Three field goals in one game are awesome, and that’s something we’ve been working on.”
With the win, Penn improves to 5-7 overall (2-2 Ivy League). Up next, they will travel down the street to take on Drexel Sunday at 2:30.