PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has a four-game win streak entering the weekend. Another win, and the Quakers will have their longest winning run since the 2006 team won six in a row late in that campaign. The opportunity for that victory comes Sunday, as Penn hosts Sacred Heart at 1 p.m.
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The Series with Sacred Heart
This is the first meeting between the Quakers and the Pioneers in field hockey.
About Sacred Heart
The Pioneers (2-3), who open the weekend at Dartmouth on Friday, have already lost to Ivy opponents Yale (2-1 OT) and Cornell (7-0) this season. SHU’s wins came against Villanova (2-1 in 2OT) and Holy Cross. Rachel Claroni has two goals this season which leads the offense, while Danielle Gallagher and Christine Mace also have scored. At the other end, Mary Altepeter has started every match in goal (2.32 GAA, .823 save percentage).
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won four games in a row -- the last three against intra-city opponents (Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova).
*Penn is 4-1 after four games for the second time in the last three years; the 2013 team went on to a 6-1 start en route to a 13-4 overall record.
*Prior to that 2013 season, the last time Penn started 4-1? Try 1997.
*Penn scored seven goals against Saint Joseph’s last Friday; it was the most goals for the Quakers in a game since last year’s season opener, a 9-1 win over Lehigh.
*Through five games, sophomore Alexa Hoover has 12 goals and two assists for 26 points. She entered the week leading the nation in goals and points per game, and added the winning goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Villanova.
*With 11 games still left regular season, Hoover -- who has scored at least once in every game this season -- is just two goals shy of her total for ALL of last season, when she led the Quakers and the Ivy League with 14 tallies.
*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game last Friday when she notched five against Saint Joseph’s. The previous record of four was met three times in program history, most recently by Judy Jaczun against Dartmouth in 1989.
*Perhaps most impressive was that Hoover had her five goals while there was still more than 20 minutes left in regulation.
*On Tuesday, Hoover was named Ivy League Player of the Week; she also was co-POTW the previous week, sharing the honor with Princeton’s Anya Gersoff.
*Hoover also had all three goals in Penn’s season-opening loss at Liberty. It was her second collegiate hat trick; coincidentally, her first came in LAST YEAR’S season opener, against Lehigh.
*Sophomore Gina Guccione had Penn’s first two goals against Villanova; it was her first multi-goal game for the Quakers.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti assisted Hoover’s goal, then scored the winner, in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Temple. After assisting on two goals in Wednesday’s win, she has 13 points this season (3g, 7a).
*Two other players have scored for the Quakers this season: junior co-captain Elise Tilton and freshman Selena Garzio. Garzio also has two assists, while Tilton has one.
*Garzio and fellow freshmen Karen Seid are the two newcomers who have started all four games so far this season. Seid has an assist this season, along with Alex Agathis and Claire Kneizys.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 14:35 this season; she has a 2.96 goals-against average and a .656 save percentage.
*Freshman Reina Kern saw her first collegiate action in last Friday’s win over Saint Joseph’s, and had one save while allowing a goal.
*Penn returns six players who saw action in all 17 games last season, another who played in all but one game, and yet another who saw time in 14 contests.
*Penn returns five goal scorers from a year ago, led by Hoover (14), Hitti (8) and Tilton (4).
*In addition to her Rookie of the Year honors last year, Hoover was just the second player in program history to earn first-team All-Ivy as a freshman. She also received second-team NFHCA All-Region recognition.
*Hoover led the Quakers and the Ivy League with 14 goals last season, and her 31 points was third among Ivy players.
*Rachel Huang played in every game last season and scored twice, while Guccione scored once while also seeing time in every match in 2014.
*Kneizys figures to anchor the defense after starting back there last year; she finished last season with 12 shots and two assists.
*Penn has three All-Ivy players to replace, due to graduation: Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddick were second-team All-Ivy last year, while Alex Iqbal received honorable mention recognition. Corcoran scored nine goals last year, while Iqbal had seven.