Philadelphia Freshman Melissa Black (Lansdale, Pa./Methacton) was named Field Hockey Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her outstanding play during the University of Pennsylvania’s two shutout victories over Georgetown and Yale last week. This marks the second time this season Black has received this honor as she was named Ivy Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 27.
Black has been a stable on defense all season long, helping the Red and Blue to seven shutouts, including five straight. Penn topped Georgetown, 3-0, on Oct. 20 and defeated Yale, 2-0 on Oct. 23. The rookie back consistently stepped up to sweep balls out of Penn's territory and was a dominant force in moving the ball through the midfield as the Quaker backfield allowed only 10 shots over the course of the two games. Black is a part of a defense that ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense after allowing only .910 goals per game.
The Quakers sport an 11-4 overall record and are 4-1 in the Ancient Eight. The Red and Blue’s 11 wins this season is the most wins since 1993, when Penn went 11-5 overall and won the Ivy League Championship with a perfect 6-0 record and Harvard for first-place in the Ivy League standings. The Quakers host Brown on Oct. 31 on senior day at Franklin Field and will travel to Princeton on Nov. 5.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications