PHILADELPHIA Apparently, once you get this team started, there’s no turning back. The Penn field hockey team has struggled to score all season, losing multiple games because they couldn’t find the back of the net. But last Sunday, something changed for the Red and Blue. Since then, the Quakers are 4-0, and have outscored their opponents 11-3.
The most recent win came today, as Pennbeat the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 3-0. And this victory was one of the most dominant for the Quakers, as they outshot the Retrievers, 25-2.
Ten Quakers got shots on net in the win --Nyssa Liebermann had four, Nina Ferrier had two, and Margaretha Ehret, Melissa Black and Andrea Rockey had one apiece.
Sophomore Alanna Butera got her first start in net this season andplayed all 70 minutes,earning the shutout win.
Penn'sfirst goal was scoredwhen senior forward Tracy Statter connected with junior Meghan Rose on a penalty corner 10minutes into the game. Rose had four other shots on net, while Statter added three of her own. The Quakers went into the half leading 1-0.
Ten minutes into the second half, junior forward Kara Bolger scored her second goal of the year whenshe connected with Rose to give Penn the 2-0 lead. And with just one minute left in the game, junior forward Nicole Black sealed the win for the Quakers whenshe scored on a deflection from freshman Kathryn Rose’s shot. The assist was Kathryn Rose’s second of her collegiate career; she also had two shots on net. Black was a key force on offense for Penn, as she tallied five shots on goal.
UMBC goalie Ashley Benitez made 15 saves for the Retrievers in the loss.
Penn junior Nicole Levi had a key defensive save in the win, helping to assure the shutout for the Quakers.
Up next, the Quakers will look to continue their winning streak as they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on Ivy rival Yale Saturday at noon. The Bulldogs are 3-10 overall. Penn, Yale, and Harvard are in a three-way battle for third place in the league, as they all have a league record of 2-2.
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