PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team got off to a quick start Tuesday afternoon and never looked back, defeating Lafayette 5-0 at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Penn has now won eight games in a row, the longest streak since the 2004 team ended the season with eight-straight victories. At 8-1, the Quakers are off to the program’s best nine-game start. Lafayette fell to 6-6 with the loss.
Alexa Hoover was held goalless for the first time this season on Saturday at Harvard. She made up for it. The sophomore sensation, who entered the week leading the nation in goals per game, added three to her ledger on Tuesday and threw in an assist for good measure.
In the process, she broke the program’s single-season points record and tied the single-season goals mark -- with seven regular-season matches still to play. Hoover now has 20 goals and 44 points. Liz Lorelli sat alone atop both lists before Tuesday, with 20 goals and 43 points in 2003.
It didn’t take long for Hoover to get started on Tuesday, as she stole the ball from a Lafayette defender right in front of the Leopards goal and backhanded a shot past the oncoming goalkeeper just over seven minutes into the contest.
Less than five minutes later, Rachel Huang made it 2-0 when she re-directed a ball played into the circle from from Elizabeth Hitti.
Hoover made it 3-0 right at halftime, off a penalty corner after time had expired. The sophomore took a feed from Selena Garzio at the left post and wristed a shot inside the far post. Claire Kneizys, who set the ball for Garzio, was also credited with an assist.
Hoover tied the program record early in the second half, as a Hitti feed from the left side of the circle found her stick in front and she pushed it into an open goal. Hitti then completed her four-point day with 5:25 left in regulation, taking a feed from Hoover along the right side and firing a shot that deflected into the goal.
Penn outshot Lafayette 15-5 on the day, and forced Katelyn Arnold to make five saves. At the other end, Liz Mata had two saves before giving way to Reina Kern for the final 5:25.
Penn is back at home on Saturday, entertaining Ancient Eight rival Dartmouth at noon.
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