Field Hockey Visits Villanova Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - For the first midweek match of the season, the Penn field hockey team (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) takes a short trip to face Villanova (1-4, 0-1 Big East) in a non-conference contest, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Following the Action: Fans can follow the game via live stats.

Penn's Last Outing: In the season's first Ivy League contest, the Penn field hockey team fell, 4-0, to Cornell at Marsha Dodson Field last Saturday afternoon. Keeper Kieran Sweeney made 12 saves in the cage, playing all 70 minutes. Sarah Hasson finished with two shots on goal, while freshmen Julie Tahan and Sunny Stirewalt had one, as Cornell outshot the Quakers 29-4.

Penn this Season: The Quakers put a mark in the win column with a 1-0 victory over William and Mary on Sept. 11, earning Colleen Fink her first as Penn's head coach. Suffering losses to non-conference opponents Rider (8-3) and Davidson (4-3), and Ivy foe Cornell (4-0), the Red and Blue have struggled on offense, having limited shot opportunities. Compared to their opposition, Penn has been outshot 97-35, but the Quakers have made the most of their attempts, holding a .200 shot percentage while their adversaries have averaged a .165.

Quaker Offense: Sunny Stirewalt and sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer lead the Quaker offense with two goals apiece, while senior Laurel McGarvie, sophomore Sarah Hasson, and junior Kirstin Snyder have each scored one. Junior Abigail Egan leads the squad with two helpers.

Quaker Defense: In 248:07 minutes, Sweeney has allowed 10 goals with a 3.63 goals-against average. The junior owns a 1-2 record, including a shutout, and has tallied 37 saves with a .787 save percentage.

Villanova this Season: Although Villanova enters Wednesday's contest with just one win, a 5-1 victory over Columbia, three of the Wildcats' losses were to Top 10 teams: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland, and No. 6 UConn.

Villanova's Last Outing: Despite having home field advantage, the Villanova fell to the No. 6 ranked Connecticut Huskies, 3-1, under the lights of Villanova Stadium on Friday night. Senior Lauren Wuzzardo scored the lone goal for the Wildcats to get within one of the Huskies, but the score wasn't enough for the conference victory.

'Nova Offense: Six different players have found the back of the cage for the Wildcats with Dana Ramsden (2g, 1a, 5pts) and Lauren Wuzzardo (2g, 0a, 4pts) leading the way with two goals apiece. In addition, Megan Ryan and Jordan Lynn have each tallied a score and two assists on the year.

'Nova Defense: Keeper Megan Goelz and the Wildcats' defense have had their hands full against their ranked opponents, going up against 101 shots through five games, compared to Villanova's 37 shots. Playing all 350:45 minutes in the cage, Goelz has allowed 18 goals, while saving 38. She holds a 3.59 goals-against average and a .679 save percentage.

Last Time vs. the Wildcats (9/23/09): Penn played competitively and put itself in great positions to score with a season-high 15 penalty corners, but failed to finish as Villanova came out on top, 4-0. The Quakers and Wildcats both took 19 shots in the game, while Villanova keeper Megan Goelz earned a shutout with eight saves. Danielle Rothman and Sweeney allowed two goals each with Sweeney tallying seven saves.