NEW HAVEN, Conn. Penn’s field hockey team is experiencing something today that has eluded them all season long: a winning record. With their 3-2 win over the Yale Bulldogs, the Quakers improved to 8-7 overall, and 3-2 in the Ivy League.
The game was a battle right from the start. Yale scored first, just 5:40 into the match,when Heather Orrico connected with Emily Palilonis on a penalty corner for the 1-0 lead. Twenty-four minutes later, however, junior forward Jamie Calahan was in the right place at the right time, as Meghan Rose’s shot rebounded to her stick, and she tied it up at 1-1 going into the half.
Seven minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs scored again. Harriet Thayer passed across the goal to teammate Rachel Lentz, who scored when goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg stepped out of the net to play the pass, leaving the lower left corner open. But just one minute later, the Quakers took advantage of another rebounded shot, and junior Nicole Black scored to tie the game once more. Sophomore Margaretha Ehret was credited with the assist on the tying goal.
Ten minutes later, senior forward Tracy Statter came through for the Quakers, scoring the game-winning goal off yet another rebounded shot. Again, it was junior Meghan Rose’s shot that found its way back to Statter’s stick, and she was credited with her sixth assist of the season.
The game was a physical one, as four cards were given out, two for the Bulldogs, and two for the Quakers. But Penn dominated in nearly every category, outshooting Yale, 23-13, andholding a 10-4advantage in corners.
Nine different members of the Quakers’ roster took shots in the win. Melissa Black led the way with five, while freshman Kathryn Rose and junior Meghan Rose had four each. Statter added three, while Nicole Black and Calahan had two apiece. Ehret, Nina Ferrier, and Nicole Levi also added shots to the mix.
Senior captain Schlossberg had five saves in her 70 minutes of play, while Yale’s goalie made nine saves to keep her team in the game.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 3-11 overall, and 2-3 in Ivy League play.
Up next, Penn will look to extend itsfive-game winning streakin hosting one of the best teams in the Ivy Legue, Brown, next Sunday (Oct. 29). The Bears are 7-4 overall this season, and 3-1 in the league. But if today’s battle was any indication, the Quakers aren’t about to give up on this winning feeling just yet.