PHILADELPHIA - In a midweek battle, Penn field hockey hosts Villanova Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. on Franklin Field.
Coming off a painful overtime loss to Cornell, the Quakers are 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League. Penn put up a tough fight against the undefeated Big Red, and sparked a resilient second half comeback after being down 2-0. Freshman Sarah Hasson scored her first career goal and Katie Rose put the ball in the net to tie the score with three minutes left in regulation. However, Cornell made quick of overtime, tallying the winning goal in just 21 seconds.
Expect the Quakers to be geared up for this midweek contest, as they take on their cross-town rival, Villanova. Penn leads the all-time series 13-11-2, but the Wildcats have come out on top the last three meetings. Last year, Villanova won 2-1 on Sept. 24.
The Quakers' balanced offense is led by Sarah Warner with six points, including a goal and four assists. Kirstin Snyder (2 goals, 1 assist), Annie Matthews (2 goals), Katie Rose (1 goal, 2 assists), Kelsey Tahan (1 goal), Sarah Hasson (1 goal), Abigail Egan (1 goal), and Katie Moran (1 assist) have also had a hand in scoring.
Defense being Penn's greatest strength, they have allowed 13 goals this season. Warner, Tahan, Stephanie Ragg,Caroline Olt, and Katie Burke have limited the opposition's scoring opportunities with aggressive and persistent play. Keeper Kieran Sweeney has recorded 32 saves this season.
Villanova will enter the game with a 5-2 overall record and on a three game win streak. In their last outing, they defeated Bucknell 4-2. Meredith Sabatini (8 goals, 2 assists), Lauren Wuzzardo (6 goals, 3 assists), and Dana Ramsden (4 goals, 3 assists) lead the Wildcat offense. Keepers Megan Goelz (302:56, 15 saves, 1.39 GAA) and Maura McCormick (187:04, 22 saves, 5.24 GAA) have shared time in the cage.