PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team will play their third match in four days this Tuesday when they host the Drexel Dragons on Tuesday, September 27th at Ellen Vagelos Field. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Series with Drexel
Tuesday’s matchup marks the 14th meeting between the two schools with the all-time series favoring Penn, 7-6. The Quakers won the 2015 outing in a 5-1 victory at Drexel last season to break a four-year losing streak that spanned the 2007-10 seasons. The Dragons and Quakers restored their city-rivalry last year following a four-year hiatus from 2011-14.
The Dragons are 5-4 on the season, have won four of their last five matches and clock in a No. 46 in the most recent NCAA RPI standings. With her next goal, sophomore Megan Wiest will surpass the most goals in a season by a Drexel player since 2012 – the Dragons haven’t had a player score at least 10 goals since that season and the forward currently has eight scores in 2016.
Penn fans will also see a familiar face on the Drexel sideline – Dragon associate head coach Nicky Hitchens is a 1989 Penn graduate and was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player for the Quakers.
Get to Know the Quakers
*Penn leads the Ivy League in two statistical categories including shots per game (20.14) and penalty corners (10.14). Their 10.14 penalty corners per game is also tops in the NCAA.
*In the first RPI release of the season, the Quakers clock in at No. 21 and second overall amongst Ivy schools; Princeton leads the way at No. 9.
*Tuesday’s contest marks the third game in four days for the Red and Blue following back-to-back games this weekend. The Quakers traveled to Cornell on Saturday and returned to action at Syracuse on Sunday. The match against Drexel also marks their first home game since Sept. 9th - Penn played their last four games on the road.
*Juniors Alexa Hoover and Rachel Huang are the current point leaders for the Quakers through seven games with each providing 10 tallies. Earlier this year, Hoover became the all-time program leader in points (103), breaking a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981. Additionally, she tied for first on the all-time goals list (44) also matching a 35 year-old record by Lisa Romig.
*The Quakers are seeing plenty of players contribute to the scoring effort on the season, with eight different athletes providing points thus far in 2016. Sofia Palacios and Huang lead the team with four goals each on the season while Hoover and Elise Tilton both have three.
*On the defensive end, Liz Mata has been the mainstay between the posts in goal and registered a career-high 13 saves against Syracuse this weekend. For the season, she’s played just over 445 minutes and boasts a 2.35 goals against average and a 68% save percentage. Additionally, all four goalkeepers on the roster have seen minutes in 2016.
*The Red and Blue have played one of their toughest schedules in recent history and have seen two of the top-ranked teams in the nation. Penn hosted then-No. 1 North Carolina on their opening weekend and traveled to No. 1 Syracuse just a day ago.