PHILADELPHIA--The No. 7 Quakers travel to Hanover, N.H. to challenge Dartmouth for Penn's first away win over the Big Green in more than 20 years. Saturday's game is set to begin at 1 p.m. The Red and Blue (9-1, 3-0 Ivy) are rolling on a seven-game winning streak, while the Big Green lost the most recent outing, vs. Cornell, by just one goal to fall to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the the Ivies.
The big story for the weekend is the lop-sided all-time series record. Dartmouth holds a hearty 20-8 advantage since the teams first met in 1980. Penn dominated the first decade of play, winning the first three meetings and going 6-3 from 1980-88. However, 1988's narrow 9-8 win in Hanover would become Penn's last away win over the Big Green. The Quakers eked out another one-goal victory in 1991 at home, but until 2007's solid 13-8 decision, Penn was winless against Dartmouth. After breaking the losing streak, the Quakers now have the opportunity not only to start a new streak, but to claim a road winon hostile New Hampshire ground for the first time in 20 years.
Unwilling to relinquish that streak will be Dartmouth's young but challenging team. The Big Green's offense, though held to just five goals in two games this season has potential to be explosive, as evidenced in its 21-6 rout of Vermont. In that game, Kat Collins piled in seven goals while Kristen Barry dropped five and both Cate Goytisolo and Eliza Bennett scored hat tricks.
Barry leads the team with 33 points and also leads in goals (24) and assists (9). Six players have carried the bulk of the scoring with double-digit points, but 11 players have scored goals and one more has had one assist.
By comparison, the Quakers have seven players in double-digit points and 15 with at least one goal this season. Melissa Lehman and Rachel Manson lead Penn with 28 points each. Lehman got there with 20 goals and eight assists while Manson scored 17 goals and helped with 11 assists.
Both teams team have averaged around 10 goals per game, but where the difference in the closeness of games is Penn's 6.60 goals against average and Dartmouth's 9.77 GAA. Penn's mark is tops in the Ivies and second in the nationto Northwestern's 6.55.
The Quakers' smothering defense is a combination of the field players holding opponents to just less than 18shots per game, Tarah Kirnan's 1.70 caused turnovers a game which ranks 24th in the country and goalkeeper Sarah Waxman's impeccable 6.49 goals against average. She ranks second in the country in the category only beat by Northwestern's keeper.