PHILADELPHIA The Penn field hockey team is off to College Park, Md. to play No. 1 Maryland on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Terrapins will be by far the strongest team the Red and Blue will see all season.
The game is the first time since 2005 the two teams have met on the field. In that match, the Quakers fell to a second-ranked Maryland team, 3-1. The Terrapins lead the all-time series, 13-5.
Penn is coming off a tough loss to Ivy foe Dartmouth, 3-2. Late goals by Margaretha Ehret and Britney Van Valkenburg were not enough to carry the Quakers past the Big Green.
Ehret currently leads the Red and Blue with five goals and four assists the sixth highest point leader in the Ivy League. Defensively, Stephanie Ragg and Kelsey Tahan have both recorded two defensive saves to be part of a four-way tie for second in the Ivies.
Both Penn’s offense and defense will need to be at the top of its game on Sunday. Three Maryland players have netted more than 10 goals, led by Susie Rowe with 14.
Most recently the Terps outlasted Virginia, 4-3 Maryland’s 10th win in a season that has recorded only one loss, a mid-September defeat to then-No. 7 Syracuse, 2-1.