Guccione Leads Way in 2-1 Win over Drexel for Field Hockey

*Gina Guccione scored both Quaker goals in a 2-1 victory over Drexel on Tuesday. The win moved Penn to 6-2 overall on the season.

*The contest marked the 14th overall meeting between the two schools as Penn improved to 8-6 in the all-time series.

*Alexa Hoover tallied an assist to notch her 11th point on the year; Guccione’s two goals today moved her into a tie for first place on the team with four goals on the season. Rachel Huang and Sofia Palacios also each have four scores to their credit.

*Penn returns to Ivy League action on Sunday when they host Harvard at Ellen Vagelos Field. Game time is scheduled for Noon.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Gina Guccione tallied both goals on the afternoon as the University of Pennsylvania field hockey (6-2) team registered a 2-1 victory over the visiting Drexel Dragons (5-5) on Tuesday.

The Quakers got on the board first in the contest just before the end of the first half. Guccione gathered her own rebound off the initial Drexel save to knock in the score at the 34:12 mark to put the Red and Blue up 1-0 on the visitors.

The Red and Blue dominated the half prior to intermission, outshooting their opponents by a 9-4 margin while penalty corners favored Drexel, 2-1.

Penn kept their pace up following halftime to take a 2-0 lead in the 46th minute. Alexa Hoover threaded a pass into the circle and found the stick of Guccione to drive it in the cage for the score. The goal would mark the second time this season that Guccione notched two goals in a game.

Drexel responded just under two minutes later to close the gap at 2-1 when Tess Bernheimer touched in a deflection from Adrienne Walker. Despite the goal, it wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the offensive firepower of the Quakers who held a steady grasp on possession throughout the stanza.

The Dragons tried to even the score in the waning minutes of the match as they pulled their goalkeeper with just over two minutes left to play. The risky move wouldn’t be able to overcome the Dragon deficit as Penn registered the win as the Quakers played their third match in four days.

Penn held a 16-6 advantage in shots for the contest and also had the upper-hand in shots on goal at 11-3.

Defensively, Penn’s Liz Mata tallied two saves in the victory while Drexel’s Erin Gilchrist notched nine stops in the defeat.

Penn returns to action this weekend when they host the Harvard Crimson on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. Game time is slated for noon at Ellen Vagelos Field.