PHILADELPHIA --The University of Pennsylvania again put up staunch defensive numbers last week, limiting Harvard to just six goals in an 8-6 win in Cambridge to remain unbeaten in Anceint Eight play and set up a showdown with Princeton on Wednesday night at Franklin Field. Taylor Foussadier played a huge role in the win, and for her effort was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.
Foussadier held Harvard attacker Marisa Romeo scoreless on Saturday -- the first time in her career that Romeo failed to register at least one point. Romeo, who entered the game with 32 goals, was held to just three shots and turned the ball over three times as Foussadier was one-on-one with her throughout the game.
Foussadier's work on defense helped the Quakers limit an opponent to seven goals or fewer for the eighth time in 12 games this season. The Quakers have the Ivy League's best scoring defense, allowing 6.58 goals-per-game. That number ranks the Red and Blue sixth overall in the country.
Penn has had control of the Defensive Player of the Week award this season, winning the honor five times this season.
February 23 --Megan Kelly, Defensive Player of the Week
March 2 --Nina Corcoran, Offensive Player of the Week
March 9 --Tory Bensen, Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 --Tory Bensen, Co-Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 --Meg Markham, Defensive Player of the Week
March 23 --Lucy Ferguson, Defensive Player of the Week
April 6 --Meg Markham, Defensive Player of the Week
April 13 -- Taylor Foussadier, Defensive Player of the Week