The Quakers are 5-1 this season and 1-0 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs bring a 3-3 record to the game, also 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. Yale picked up its first Ivy win of 2010 with an 8-7 defeat of Brown on Wednesday. The Elis rallied from a 4-3 deficit at halftime, scoring twice in the final 4:03 - including the game-winner with nine seconds left to complete the comeback.
The same day Yale was engaged in a tight game with the Bears, Penn was dominating Saint Joseph's to the tune of a 14-0 shutout. Penn's defense has been on point since a loss at North Carolina, giving up 11 goals over the last three games. Penn has outscored its opponents, 71-32 this season, holding teams to 5.33 goals-per-game. Emily Szelest has played a big part in the stingy defense, with a 5.55 GAA. She has made 30 saves for a save% of .508. In front of her, Penn defenders have caused 59 turnovers while picking up 98 ground balls. Barb Seaman has nine caused turnovers and eight ground balls to lead all defenders. Giulia Giordano has helped out from the midfield spot, with 10 caused turnovers and 14 ground balls.
Penn has done a good job of spreading the ball around on offense, with 10 different players scoring goals in 2010. Ali DeLuca leads all scorers with 17 goals and 22 points. Erin Brennan is also in double digits, scoring 10 goals despite missing the first game of the season. Maddie Poplawski leads all freshmen in scoring with nine goals - five of which have come on free position attempts.
The Bulldogs have won two in a row after dropping three straight. The two wins in the past week have both been by one goal - a 9-8 win at Marist and the win Wednesday over Brown. Yale has only scored 39 goals this season, averaging 6.50 a contest. Devon Rhodes leads the Bulldogs with 13 goals and five assists in her freshman campaign. Senior attack Jessica Sturgill is next with seven. Junior Kaitlyn Flatley, honorable mention All-Ivy in '09, is active on defense, with 11 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush leads the team with 13 ground balls and has played every minute in goals so far for the Bulldogs.
Penn is 14-18-1 all time against Yale, but last time out the Quakers downed the Bulldogs, 10-2. DeLuca had three goals for Penn and Brennan added a pair. Courtney Lubbe had a five-point game with a goal and four assists.
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