Like each of its first three weekends, Penn (4-4-0) went with a split last weekend. Fortunately, the positive result of the two came in Ivy League play as the Quakers knocked off two-time defending champion Harvard, 4-3. Goals were in abundance last weekend at Rhodes Field, as a matter of fact -- Penn scored twice more against Navy on Sunday, but were scored upon three more times in taking the loss. It was quite a reversal from the first three weekends, when Penn scored just five times but allowed just four in six matches.
Around the League: The Penn-Cornell match on Friday night kicks off another full weekend of conference play. On Saturday, Yale (0-1-0) and Harvard (0-1-0) will battle for their first Ivy win at 11 a.m. in Cambridge; Columbia (1-0-0) is at Brown (0-1-0) for a 2 p.m. kickoff; and Princeton (1-0-0) hosts Dartmouth (1-0-0) at 3:30 p.m. as both teams try to remain unbeaten.
The Series with Cornell: Penn lost the first six games it played against Cornell, from 1991-96. Since then, the Quakers are 12-0-1 against the Big Red and enter Friday's match with a 10-game win streak over their Ivy foe. Last year, Penn knocked off Cornell 2-1 in Philadelphia; it marked the Big Red's first goal against the Quakers since 2003.
About Cornell: The Big Red (4-4-0) enter the weekend having won three of their last four matches; however, the lone loss was the Ivy opener, a 1-0 defeat at Columbia last Friday. On Sunday, Cornell defeated Manhattan, 2-0. Brook Chang leads the Red with three goals and seven points, while four other players have scored twice. In goal, Kelly Murphy and Megan Bartlett have basically split duties; Murphy has a 0.78 GAA in 345 minutes, while Bartlett has a 1.50 GAA in 360 minutes.
The Series with Army: The Quakers and Black Knights met for the first time in history last fall, with Penn taking a 1-0 win in Philadelphia thanks to a goal from Jessica Fuccello.
About Army: The Cadets (8-3-0), who host Lehigh Friday in their Patriot League home opener, have gained all eight of their wins by shutout and allowed just four goals in 11 matches. They are ranked third nationally in goals-against average. Freshman Kim An is the Patriot League's leader in goals (7) and points (16), while at the other end senior goalkeeper Alex Lostetter is sixth in GAA (0.33) and ninth in save percentage (.905).
*Penn's 3-2 loss to Navy on Sunday marked the first time this season the Quakers have lost a game in which they scored.
*Freshman Kerry Scalora was the co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week after her two-goal performance against Navy; she leads Penn with five points (2g, 1a).
*Junior Ursula Lopez-Palm also had a two-goal game last weekend, scoring the first and last goals in Penn's win over Harvard.
*Two other players on Penn's roster have two goals this season, sophomore Erin Beck and freshman Kathryn Barth.
*Seven different players have accounted for Penn's 11 goals.
*After playing at least 18 players in the first six matches this season, head coach Darren Ambrose played 17 against Harvard and 16 vs. Navy.
*Senior Sarah Friedman had assists in both games last weekend, giving her three assists in the last four matches. She is currently tied for the school record for career assists with Katy Cross (2001-04); both have 25.
*Marin McDermott, who was Penn's leading returning scorer from last year but got injured in preseason, looks to be regaining her form. She notched her first goal last Friday vs. Harvard and was a constant threat on both days last weekend.
*Junior Caroline Williams has played every minute in goal this season; she was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Sept. 10-12 at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches.
*Williams has made 28 saves in the last five matches -- seven each against Dayton and Harvard, six at CSUN, five at Loyola Marymount and three against Navy. For the season, Williams has a 1.25 goals-against average.
*Senior defenders Kaitlin Campbell and Marisa Schoen were the host team's representatives on the Penn Invitational's all-tournament team. They are two of the team's three captains this fall. (The other is Kristin Kaiser.) Campbell -- an honorable mention All-Ivy player in 2009 -- has started 58 of Penn's last 59 games, while Schoen has 50 career starts.
*Penn's 3-0 win over Villanova on the season's opening weekend was the Quakers' first over the Wildcats; prior to the match, Penn was 0-11-1 all-time against Villanova.
*The Quakers return seven of 11 starters and 15 letterwinners from a team that went 10-4-2 overall last year. (That record was best among the Ivy League programs in 2009.)
*Penn went 4-3-0 in the Ivy League and tied for third place; the Quakers' last title came in 2007, when the four current seniors -- Campbell, Schoen, Friedman, Kaiser -- were freshmen.