PHILADELPHIA – Coming off an overtime Ivy defeat to Columbia and a 5-0 bounce back win against Longwood last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team travels to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale this Saturday at Johnson Field beginning at 12 p.m.
Penn (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) currently sits in a tie for sixth in the Ivy League standings, while Yale (2-11, 0-4 Ivy) is eighth.
When Penn meets Yale on Saturday, it begins a five game stretch that will see the Quakers play just once more at home in 2014. The Red and Blue will travel to Villanova, then host Brown next Saturday for Senior Day, before traveling to Rutgers and Princeton in the final week of the season.
SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs are coming into the matchup with Penn having lost both their games last weekend – a close game at Dartmouth, 4-2, and at No. 4 Connecticut, 8-3. Yale is led on offense by sophomore Kelsey Nolan with four goals, and by senior Jessie Accurso and freshman Carol Middough with three goals each. In goal, senior Heather Schleisier leads the Ivy League in saves, with 112, and is second in save percentage (.727). Schleisier leads the country in saves per game, with 8.62.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: Penn leads the overall series with Yale 24-12-2. The Quakers have won the last two meetings in close games, winning 1-0 in 2013 in a penalty shootout and 3-2 in 2012. Prior to those two wins, the Bulldogs had won the previous three meetings.
HOOVER EARNS THIRD IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Alexa Hoover was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice in September, and has earned the honor once again after scoring two goals and adding an assist this past weekend. She becomes the first Penn field hockey player in program history to earn Rookie of the Week honors three times in a season. She is the 11th individual to do so in league history. The two goals last weekend pushed Hoover to double-digit goals on the season with a team leading 11. She now has 25 points in her first season at Penn, with five games remaining on the schedule.
SPEAKING OF HOOVER…: Now with 11 goals, Alexa Hoover has moved into a tie for the top spot in scoring in the Ivy League. She is now tied with Columbia’s Zoe Blake with 11 goals. Penn senior Emily Corcoran sits just outside the top five in the league with eight goals.
HOW THE SCORING RANKS NATIONALLY: Alexa Hoover is now tied for ninth nationally in goals per game with a 0.92 average. Two more Ivy League individuals are in the top 20, as Cornell’s Marisa Siergiej is also tied for ninth, with a 0.92 average, and Columbia’s Zoe Blake is 19th (0.79).
ASSISTING THE OFFENSE FOR PENN: The Quakers offensive attack has seen a multitude of individuals involved, as Penn enters the weekend with 27 assists from seven different players – Elizabeth Hitti leads the team with 8 assists, while MaryRose Croddick has five, Alex Iqbal and Emily Corcoran have four, Alexa Hoover has three, Claire Kneizys has two, and Elise Tilton has one.
SHUTOUT FOR THE QUAKERS: Penn pitched its first shutout of the season, in a 5-0 victory over Longwood on Sunday. The Quakers held the Lancers to only three shots throughout the contest, only one which was on goal. The defense has continued to improve and work well together all season led by senior Allison Weisenfels in goal, along with seniors Helene Caniglia and MaryRose Croddick. Also on the defensive half has been sophomore Claire Kneizys and freshman Madison Hendry.IVY LEAGUE HONOR ROLL: Penn junior Elizabeth Hitti was named to the league honor roll this week for her goal and three assists against Columbia and Longwood this past weekend. Hitti had at the time, scored the go ahead goal for the Quakers in the Columbia game, before the Lions scored late to force overtime. She also had two assists in the game. On Sunday, she totaled one assist on freshman Gina Guccione’s first collegiate goal.