Field Hockey Readies for Harvard

PHILADELPHIA - Penn field hockey looks to gain its first Ivy win of the season, hosting Harvard Saturday at noon on Franklin Field. Penn currently holds a 1-4 overall record and 0-1 Ivy mark, while the Crimson are 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the League.

Catching the Game: Fans who can't make it to Franklin Field can watch a webcast of the game by the Penn Sports Network (PSN) here. Livestats will also be available. A full recap and box score will be available at the conclusion of the game at PennAtheltics.com.

Penn's Last Outing: Against Villanova Wednesday night, the Penn field hockey team could not get into an offensive flow, as the Wildcats topped the Quakers, 4-0, in a non-conference contest. Keeper Kieran Sweeney made eight saves in goal.

Quaker Offense: Sunny Stirewalt and sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer lead the Quaker offense with two goals apiece, while senior Laurel McGarvie, sophomore Sarah Hasson, and junior Kirstin Snyder have each scored one. Snyder and freshman Julie Tahan have shown to be the most aggressive at the net, leading the squad with nine and eight shots, respectively. Junior Abigail Egan leads the team with two helpers.

Quaker Defense: Sweeney has spent the majority of the season in the cage, playing an active and aggressive style for 309:21 minutes, allowing 14 goals with a 4.07 goals-against average. The junior owns a 1-3 record, including a shutout, and has tallied 45 saves with a .763 save percentage. Sophomore Danielle Rothman has also seen time as keeper, making a start and playing 40:39 minutes.

Last Meeting (Sept. 26, 2009): Penn scored four second-half goals to rally to a 4-1 defeat over Harvard last season at Jordan Field. Sarah Hasson scored twice for the Quakers, while Kieran Sweeney made seven saves. Penn has won three of the last four meetings between the teams.

Harvard this Season: Starting the year 2-0, with wins over Holy Cross (1-0) and Bryant (5-2), the Crimson have had tough luck ever since. Harvard has lost its last five straight games, including going 0-3 at the Sheraton Catamount Classic. Most recently, they fell 1-0 to Yale in the Ivy season opener and then were shutout again by Northeastern, 4-0, in their last outing.

Crimson Leaders: Offensively, seven players have netted goals for Harvard. Leading the way is Chloe Keating with 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists), Emma Keller with seven points (3 goals, 1 assists), and Rachael Rosenfeld with four points (2 goals). Keeper Cynthia Tassopoulos has played every minute of all seven games, allowing 14 goals for a 1.92 goals-against average. She has also made 45 saves and owns a .763 save percentage.

Drought Conditions: Both teams will be looking to find the back of the cage for the first time in two games, having been held by their oppositions to just single-digit shot attempts in their past two outings. Penn has averaged 8.4 shots per game, while Harvard averages 12.7 shots. However, the Quakers have made the most of theirs with a 16.7 shot percentage compared to Harvard's 14.6. The rain must fall for someone on Saturday.