PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly award winners in field hockey, and for the second time in as many weeks this season University of Pennsylvania sophomore attack Alexa Hoover has been named Ivy League Player of the Week. Hoover was the sole recipient of the award this week, after sharing the honor last week with Princeton goalie Anya Gersoff.
Hoover figured to be a cinch to earn the award after her performance last Friday against intra-city rival Saint Joseph's. The sophomore scored five goals, breaking the 36-year-old program record for goals in a game. The previous mark of four had been met three times, initially by Lisa Romig against Swarthmore in 1979 and most recently when Judy Jaczun did it against Dartmouth in 1989.
Hoover followed that up with a goal in Penn's 2-1, comeback win over Temple on Sunday; her goal came just 1:05 after the Owls had taken a 1-0 lead.
For the season, Hoover already has 11 goals and 23 points. After just four games, she is three goals shy of her total for all of last year, when she led Penn and the Ivy League in scoring.
Penn -- which has won three-straight games -- is home twice this week, starting tomorrow when the Quakers host Villanova at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Penn entertains Sacred Heart at 1 p.m.