Field Hockey's Melissa Black Named Ivy Rookie of the Week

Philadelphia– Freshman Melissa Black (Lansdale, Pa./Methacton) was named Field Hockey Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her outstanding play during the University of Pennsylvania’s 2-1 victory over No. 14 Delaware on Sept. 26 and Penn’s 3-0 shutout of Rutgers on Sept. 22.

"Melissa has made significant contributions to our backfield,” Head Coach Val Cloud said. “Our team is much stronger because of her. She plays beyond any of my expectations as a freshman."

Black has been a staple on defense all season. In a 2-1 upset win at No. 14 Delaware last week, Black was instrumental in clearing the ball out of the circle and preventing the Hens from creating scoring opportunities. The Quaker’s defense held Delaware to only seven shots during the game. Black also helped the Quakers shut out Rutgers, 3-0. The defense did not let the Scarlet Knights take a shot in the first half and held them to a season low four shots in the game.

The Quakers sport a 5-3 overall mark and are receiving votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll. Penn next travels to Villanova on Sept. 29 for a 7 p.m. start.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.