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PHILADELPHIA - The two unbeaten teams in the Ivy League will match up on Saturday in Hanover, as No. 6 Penn and No. 7 Dartmouth meet to see which side will have a leg up on home field advantage in the inaugural Ivy League Championships. Game time is set for noon.
Both teams enter the weekend with matching 4-0 records in the Ivy League. A win on Saturday will go a long way to helping the victorious side ensure the road to the Ancient Eight's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships goes through their home field.
Overall, the Quakers bring a 9-3 record to the game, with all three loses coming to teams inside the top three in the national rankings. The Big Green dropped the season-opener to New Hampshire, 9-8, and has rattled off nine wins in a row since. Three of those wins have come against ranked teams, including a 17-10 win over then-No. 6 Syracuse on the road Mar. 24.
Penn will be looking to continue its Ivy League winning streak this weekend. The Quakers have won 26 Ivy games in a row dating back to the 2006 season. Included in that span is three wins over Dartmouth. Last season's was a nail-biter, with the Quakers downing the Big Green in overtime, 7-6. Becca Edwards had the game-winner for Penn, scoring just 42 seconds into the extra frame.
When you add in 2008's 8-5 Penn win, it becomes clear that these two teams enjoy playing defense. In fact, Saturday's game will feature two of the top four defenses in the nation. Dartmouth is third, allowing an average of 6.40 goals per game. The Quakers are right behind in fourth, giving up 6.75 gpg. Individually, the two goalkeepers also are at the top of the charts. Dartmouth's Julie Wadland enters with a 6.52 goals-against average, good for third in the country. Penn's Emily Szelest is right on her heels, sliding into fourth with a 7.02 GAA.
Dartmouth enters the game scoring at a slightly better clip than the Quakers, averaging 13.7 goals per game compared to Penn's 11.42. That number was helped mightily by a 22-goal outburst against Vermont early in the season. The sniper to watch on Dartmouth is sophomore Sarah Parks. She has been almost automatic on attack for the Big Green in 2010, scoring 24 goals on 27 total shots (89%). Greta Meyer lead the Big Green in scoring, with team highs in goals (26), assists (19) and points (45).
Ali DeLuca has scored in every game for the Quakers in 2010, piling up 31 goals. She will be looking to bounce back after a tough game against No. 1 Northwestern last weekend where she was held to just one goal (on her only shot) - her lowest output of the season. Erin Brennan and Giulia Giordano are tied for second in points, each with 33. The duo has been adept at both scoring and setting up goals with 37 combined goals and 29 combined assists between them.
Penn's pair of senior defenders will be counted on to limit the sharp-shooting Big Green. Barb Seaman lead the team in caused turnovers with 17, including 11 over her last seven games. Kaileigh Wright is usually right there to pick up those turnovers caused by her classmate, scooping up 16 ground balls.