While an Ivy League title may not be in the cards at this point, there is still much to play for if you a Penn fan. The Quakers (8-4-2, 2-3-0) must win their last two matches to secure an Ivy record above .500. Two victories would also give Penn 10 wins for the season, just the seventh time in program history that has happened.
Penn will be forced to play Saturday without the Ivy League's leading scorer, Jessica Fuccello, who received a red card last Saturday against Yale and thus must sit out this match.
Also In the League: Harvard (4-1-0) and Yale (4-1-0) are tied at the top of the standings, but both have big matches if they want to stay there this weekend. The Bulldogs kick off the weekend on Friday night with a 7 p.m. game at always-tough Columbia (2-2-1), while the Crimson being Saturday's action by hosting Dartmouth (3-2-0) at 11 a.m. Cornell (0-5-0) is at Princeton (2-2-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Series with Brown: Brown has broken what was an evenly played series over the last two years, gaining a pair of 1-0 overtime wins to move ahead in the series, 9-7-2. After going 0-4-1 in the first five matches, the Quakers went 7-2-0 on the Bears from 1997-2005 before a tie in 2006. Penn's last win in this series came in 2005, and it came in Providence.
About Brown: The Bears (5-7-0, 2-3-0) defeated Cornell, 1-0, last weekend and, like Penn, will be looking to get to .500 in League play Saturday. Brown has been outscored this season, 20-13, but can give you trouble -- witness its game with Ivy frontrunner Harvard, which the Crimson eked out 1-0 in overtime. Joyce Chun is the Bears' leading scorer, with four goals, while Sylvia Stone and Melissa Kim have two apiece. Gina Walker has a team-high five assists. In goal, Brenna Hogue has 10 starts and a 1.58 goals-against average.
*Penn entered the week leading the Ivy League and 19th nationally in goals per game (2.36), led the Ivies in points per game (6.57), and was second behind Yale in assists per game (1.86). The Quakers are also fourth in the Ivy League in goals-against average (1.38).
*What will Penn be missing on Saturday at Brown? Well, senior Jessica Fuccello, a three-time Ivy League and two-time ECAC Player of the Week honoree, entered the week third in the nation in goals per game (1.14) behind Portland sophomore Danielle Foxhoven and Nebraska freshman Morgan Marlborough. Fuccello also is sixth nationally in points per game (2.36) and leads the Ivy League with five game-winning goals.
*Despite playing essentially two seasons prior to 2009 -- she played just two matches in her junior campaign due to injury -- Fuccello now has 36 career goals, which is second on Penn's all-time list behind Katy Cross who scored 50 goals from 2001-04.
*Fuccello also has 82 career points, which is second on Penn's all-time list. Cross is the all-time leader there, too, with 125 career points.
*Fuccello -- who has scored in seven of Penn's last nine matches -- has 16 goals this season which is tied for Penn's single-season record; Cross originally set the mark in 2003.
*A two-time second-team All-Ivy selection, senior Jess Rothenheber has four assists in Penn's last four games and 16 for her career which is tied for fourth on Penn's all-time list.
*Rothenheber is tied for third among Ivy League players in assists per game (0.38).
*Junior Sarah Friedman -- a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago -- scored her second goal of the season last weekend against Yale.
*Friedman still has 21 career assists, which is just behind Kellianne Toland (1997-2000) for second on Penn's all-time list. Cross -- that name again! -- holds the all-time record with 25.
*Senior Michelle Drugan is seventh among Ivy players in points per game (0.86), ninth in goals per game (0.29), and ninth in assists per game (0.29).
*Drugan has 12 points this season, with four goals and four assists. The senior entered this year with just four points for her college career (1g, 2a).
*Sophomore Marin McDermott is seventh among Ivy players in goals per game (0.36) and eighth in points per game (0.71).
*Sophomore Theresa Yankovich is tied for seventh among Ivy players in assists per game (0.33).
*Sophomore Caroline Williams is fourth among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 1.25 goals-against average, and averages 3.85 saves per game.
*Junior Gina Winters has started the last three matches in goal and went the distance last weekend against Yale; she has seven saves and a 2.00 GAA in 225 minutes of action this season.