PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – University of Pennsylvania (10-5, 3-2) field hockey returns to Ellen Vagelos Field for their final home game of the season this Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host the Brown Bears (7-7, 2-3) at 12 p.m. The contest will mark Senior Day for the Quakers two members of the Class of 2017 as well as a fundraiser for Play4theCure in support of the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
The Series with Brown
Saturday’s contest with Brown marks the 40th meeting between the two sides with Penn holding the upper hand in the all-time series 28-8-3. The Quakers have been dominate in the series of late and have won the past five meetings dating back to the 2011 season.
Brown enters the contest with a 7-7 overall record and 2-3 mark in the Ivy League this season. Jaclyn Torres leads the Bears in scoring with six goals for 12 points. On the defensive end, Katie Hammaker has started all 14 games in goal and posts a 2.19 goals against average and a .723 save percentage. The mid-season stretch was tough on Brown as they’ve lost five of their last six contests.
About the Quakers
*Saturday’s contest marks the final regular season home game for Penn’s two graduating seniors of the Class of 2017: Claire Kneizys and Elise Tilton. Both seniors serve as team captains this season.
*Saturday’s game will also mark Penn’s Play4theCure match where they’ll be taking donations on behalf for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Help support the Quakers in their efforts here or consider a donation at the gates of #EVField when you attend the match!
*The contest against Brown will also mark a family reunion for sophomore Karen Seid (Larchmont, N.Y.), whose twin sister Ellie plays for the Bears. Karen has appeared in 14 games for the Red and Blue this season while Ellie has posted three goals and two assists for eight points on behalf of the Bears.
*The Quakers have had two players earn Ivy Honors this season: Alexa Hoover was the co-Player of the Week (Sept. 12) while Alexa Schneck was chosen as Rookie of the Week (Oct. 10).
*Following Tuesday’s 6-4 win over Villanova, the Quakers became unofficial Philadelphia city champions with a perfect 4-0 record against their local Division I foes with wins over Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Drexel and Villanova.
*The Quakers are currently in third place in the Ivy League standings with a 3-2 record against their conference foes. Harvard leads the league at 5-0 while Princeton sits in second at 4-1.
*The Quakers clock in at No. 30 in the most recent Field Hockey Corner standings and third overall amongst Ivy schools; Princeton leads the way at No. 11 and Harvard follows at No. 19. Brown clocks in at No. 52.
*Penn has outscored their opponents by a 40-30 margin for the season through 15 games. They’re also taking 4.4 more shots per game than their opposition and have a major advantage in penalty corners, taking 128 on the season to their oppositions 84.
*Junior Alexa Hoover is the current points leader through 15 games with 95 points via 13 goals and seven assists. Earlier this season she became the Penn record holder in both goals and points, breaking a 35 year-old record that stood since 1981.
*On the defensive end, Liz Mata has been the mainstay between the posts, playing just over 1,059 minutes in cage. The junior netminder has four shutouts to her credit this season and boasts a 1.98 goals against average and a 72% save percentage.