PHILADELPHIA - It was a defensive struggle on Franklin Field Saturday afternoon as the Penn and Yale field hockey teams played almost 68 minutes of scoreless hockey. Pennbroke open thegamewhen senior co-captain Kristen Gray scored with 2:06 remaining in the game to give Penn its third-straight win and third consecutive shutout.
Gray drilled a shot into the cage on a feed from classmate Lea Salese. With just over 2:30 remaining in the game, the Quakers (8-6, 2-2) were awarded a penalty corner. Tracy Statter inserted the ball, Meghan Rose stopped it and passed off to Salese who dribbled left and passed it to Gray, who came up with the game-winning tally.
Penn and Yale (6-9, 1-4) both had several chances throughout the game to score, but neither team would capitalize as both teams played great defense. For the Quakers Kelly McFadden, Melina Tsui, Melissa Black and Nicole Levi kept the ball out of Penn territory.
Penn held an 11-8 lead in shots and a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners. Junior Elizabeth Schlossberg made three saves in the game and picked up her fifth shutout of the season. Yale's Kate Crandall made six saves in the game.
Penn faces Columbia on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Hofstra University. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications