PHILADELPHIA Splitting the first weekend of the season at home, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team continues its stretch of home games, preparing to take on Fairfield and Liberty this weekend at Ellen Vagelos Field.
The Quakers will face Fairfield (2-3) Friday at 4 p.m. and Liberty (1-3) Sunday at 11 a.m.
Penn (1-1) delivered an offensive barrage in the season opener against Lehigh, scoring nine goals including two hat tricks, in a victory. The nine goals marks the second most in a game in program history, and the most in head coach Colleen Fink’s tenure. Following the scoring outburst on Friday, the Red and Blue fell to Bucknell, 1-0, on Sunday.
SCOUTING FAIRFIELD: The Stags enter their matchup against Penn with a 2-3 record, having fallen to Hofstra, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday. It's Fairfield’s second overtime defeat this season, losing its opener at California by the same score. The Stags two victories have come against UC-Davis and Villanova, with their other defeat at Drexel. Their leading scorer, sophomore Ann Burgoyne, has three goals in five shots on goal. Senior Felicitas Heinen has recorded two goals. In goal, Fairfield has relied on sophomore Caitlin Bennett and freshman Emma Ball, each having allowed five goals.
THE SERIES WITH FAIRFIELD: The Quakers and Stags have met just once prior this season. Penn fell at Fairfield, 4-2, in 2012. Then sophomore, Helene Caniglia, scored one of the two Penn goals in the matchup.
SCOUTING LIBERTY: The Lady Flames will play Lafayette on Friday evening, before traveling to Philadelphia to face Penn on Sunday. Liberty enters its game Friday with a 1-3 record defeating conference opponent Pacific before falling to No. 12 Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, and No. 9 Old Dominion. The Lady Flames’ goals have been spread out amongst teammates, with five players each having one goal. Freshman Alynn Richardson leads the goals scorers with four shots on goal. Tending the cage for Liberty is junior Mallory Cuccio, who has made 27 saves, while allowing nine goals in 274 mintues.
THE SERIES WITH LIBERTY: Similar to the Penn and Fairfield matchup, Liberty and the Quakers have faced just one time, with the matchup coming in 2012. The Red and Blue were victorious against the Lady Flames in Lynchburg, Va., winning 5-4.
HOOVER NAMED IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Alexa Hoover recorded three goals and an assist in a, 9-1, victory over Lehigh on Friday, helping earn her Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending on September 7. The Collegeville, Pa. native scored twice in the first half, before adding her third goal of the day in period two. Hoover also helped senior Emily Corcoran record her first career hat trick, with an assist on the captain’s second goal. On Sunday, Hoover provided the Quakers with their best opportunity to score in a 1-0 defeat to Bucknell, but was thwarted on an excellent play the Bison goalkeeper.
NINE IS FINE: Nine goals that is. Penn totaled nine goals against Lehigh in the season opener, the most ever in a game in Coach Fink’s tenure, and the second most in a game in program history. The most goals the Red and Blue have scored is 10, in a 10-1 victory over Cornell in 1987. The Quakers scored seven goals twice last season, in a 7-0 win over Pacific on Sept. 22, and a 7-1 win over Appalachian State on Oct. 20.
TOP FIVE IN SCORING: With the help of the nine goal outburst, the Quakers currently sit in a tie for third nationally in three offensive categories. They are scoring average (4.50), goals per game (4.50), and scoring margin (3.50). Penn also sits in 11th in points per game with 10.50.