Field Hockey Set to Play Ivy Foe Columbia

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn field hockey is hosting Ancient Eight nemesis Columbia Sunday at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field. The Quakers are looking to avenge last year’s 1-0 overtime loss to the Lions in New York. Sunday’s game will be the 13th meeting between the two teams and the Red and Blue currently lead the series, 8-4.

Penn is coming off a loss at No. 17 Drexel, 6-1. The Quakers kept the game close in the first half – the Dragons scored an early goal, senior Rachel Eng notched one for the Quakers to tie the game. In addition, the Quakers kept the offensive pressure high through the first half getting nine shots off. Unfortunately it was not enough as the Dragons added one more goal in the first half and four more in the second.

Senior Margaretha Ehret leads Penn with six goals and four assists for 16 points – sixth best in the Ivy League. Eng and Christina Ferrier are tied for second with seven points. Eng has notched three goals and one assist, while Ferrier has recorded two goals and three assists.

Junior Kathryn Burke has a team-high three defensive saves; two of them came during the loss to Drexel. Classmates Kelsey Tahan and Stephanie Ragg have two defensive saves apiece. Goalie Alanna Butera has 90 saves thus far this season – good enough to top the Ivy League saves list.

Columbia is arriving in Philadelphia with a 9-2 record, but posts the same league record (1-2) as Penn. The Lions had a close loss to No. 12 Princeton, 3-2 in early October and also fell to Cornell, 4-3. Columbia’s only Ivy win was a 1-0 decision at Brown – a team Penn has yet to face this season.

Christine Buszczak leads the Lions with five goals and nine assists. Buszczak set a new school record in single-season assists in Columbia's 3-0 victory over Hofstra. Goalie Gena Miller has 44 saves and four shutouts over the Lions’ 11 games.

Live Stats will be available at PennAthletics.com.