PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has gone to overtime in five of its last six games, a trend that continued in both of its games last weekend (a 2-1 loss at Columbia, a 3-2 win at Bucknell). The Quakers play one final game in this three-game road trip, if you want to call it that -- Wednesday's “trip” is to Drexel, whose campus literally abuts Penn’s campus in University City. Faceoff at the Dragons’ Buckley Field is slated for 7 p.m.The Series with Drexel
The Quakers and the Dragons are tied, 6-6, in a series that has not been played since 2010 (after being played every year from 2002-10). Penn won three out of four from 2003-06, but Drexel dominated the last four matchups including a 7-0 win in 2010.
The Dragons (6-8) have won two in a row and five of their last seven, with the losses in that span coming to No. 18 James Madison and No. 1 UConn. Over the weekend, Drexel beat William & Mary (1-0) and Temple (3-2). Idrienne Walker has a team-high six goals, while Jessica McCarthy and Megan Wiest both have 10 points (4g, 2a). Overall, Drexel has had 10 different players score a goal this season. At the other end, Ainslie Rhoads has 10 starts (3.39 GAA, .632 save percentage) while Erin Gilchrist has four (2.36 GAA, .743 save percentage).
*After a season-opening loss at Liberty, Penn has won 10 of its last 11 games. The Quakers had a program-record nine-game winning streak ended Friday at Columbia.
*Penn is 10-2 after 12 games, the second-best 12-game start in program history. The best 12-game start came in 1988, when the Quakers were 10-1-1. That Penn team eventually reached the NCAA semifinal round.
*Penn has reached double figures in the win column for the second time in three years, and the 12th time in program history dating back to 1973. The program record for wins in a season is 14, set in 1988, while the 2004 and 2013 teams reached 13 victories.
*Penn has played five overtime games this season. The program record for OT games in one season is seven, set in 1997; the Quakers went 3-4 in those contests. The 1990 team played six overtime games, going 2-2-2. The current team is tied for third in that category with the 1984 and 2000 squads, which also played five OT games (going 1-0-4 and 0-5, respectively).
*Penn is 4-1 in its OT games this season; under Colleen Fink, the Quakers are 11-5 when going to extra time.
*Penn started 3-0 in Ivy League play for the second time in three years; prior to 2013, the last time the Quakers were 3-0 after three Ivy matches was 1995.
*Penn -- which has scored at least twice in all but one game so far this season -- has six different players who have scored at least three times this season.
*Sophomore Alexa Hoover continued her hot play in Sunday’s win over Bucknell, recording five points (2g, 1a) and scoring a spectacular goal in overtime to win it. With four regular-season games still left to play, she has already shattered the program’s single-season records for goals (23) and points (52). Both records were previously held by Liz Lorelli, who had 20 goals and 43 points in 2003.
*Hoover has been named Ivy League Player of the Week four times this season, a Penn record for one season. The last player honored so many times in the same season in field hockey was Princeton’s Kathleen Sharkey in 2012.
*Hoover -- who has scored in all but two games this year -- entered the week leading the nation in goals per game and second nationally in points per game. She has already far surpassed her totals for ALL of last season, when she led the Ivy League in goals (14) and was third among Ivy players in points (31).
*Last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover set a program record for goals in a game when she notched five against Saint Joseph’s on September 11. The previous record of four was met three times in program history, most recently by Judy Jaczun against Dartmouth in 1989.
*Perhaps most impressive was that Hoover had her five goals while there was still more than 20 minutes left in regulation.
*With hat tricks against Liberty, Sacred Heart and Lafayette this season, Hoover already has five games with three or more goals in her young career.
*Junior co-captain Elise Tilton has just three goals this season, but she ended things on consecutive Ivy League Saturdays with the winning goal in OT. Tilton also had an assist in the Quakers’ win against Dartmouth.
*Senior co-captain Elizabeth Hitti was held without a point for just the third time this season last Friday, but scored a goal Sunday at Bucknell. She has 21 points overall (5g, 11a), and entered the week sixth nationally in assists per game.
*Sophomore Rachel Huang had Penn’s goal Friday night at Columbia, her third of the season.
*Freshman Selena Garzio, who sandwiched a goal between Tilton and Hoover’s tallies against Dartmouth, has nine points so far this season (3g, 3a).
*Sophomore Gina Guccione got the Harvard game to overtime three weeks ago, scoring her fifth goal of the season with just 3:43 left in regulation off a Huang feed. She has scored in two of the Quakers’ four Ivy matches so far.
*Garzio and fellow freshman Karen Seid (1a) are the two newcomers who have started every game so far this season. Senior Alex Agathis and freshman Sofia Palacios also have assists this season.
*In goal, sophomore Liz Mata has played all but 20 minutes of game action this season; she has a 2.23 goals-against average and a .672 save percentage.