PHILADELPHIA - Penn got exactly what it wanted in its midweek, non-conference game against Wagner. The Quakers put four shots in the goal, got a lot of players on the field, and rested some regulars in taking a 4-0 victory. This weekend, it's back to Ivy League play as the Red and Blue make the long trip North to face Dartmouth College. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., following the Penn-Dartmouth men's game at Burnham Field.
The Penn women remains in the top half of the Ivy standings, but with one loss already in league play they know that anything less than a win would be damaging to the Quakers' title chances.
Around the League: The Ancient Eight pass the midway point of the conference season this weekend, with all eight teams in action on Saturday. All eyes will be on New York City, where the top two teams meet as Columbia (2-0-1) hosts Princeton (3-0-0) at 4 p.m. Before that, Harvard (2-1-0) tries to keep pace with the Lions and Tigers as they play the Bears, at Brown (0-2-1), at 2 p.m. Yale (1-2-0) is at Cornell (0-3-0) in another 4 p.m. kickoff.
The Series with Dartmouth: The Big Green won the first six meetings in this series; since then, Penn holds a 6-7-1 mark against its Ivy rival and has won two of the last three. Last season, the Quakers jumped all over the Green early and scored a 5-1 rout at Rhodes Field. The last time these teams met in Hanover, in 2008, Dartmouth gained a 2-0 victory. Penn's last win in Hanover came in 2002, although the teams tied up there in 2004.
About Dartmouth: The Big Green (3-7-1) -- which lost four All-Ivy players from a year ago including three first-team selections -- enter the weekend having lost three in a row, including two in Ivy play (2-1 at Princeton on Oct. 2, 3-1 to Yale on Oct. 9). Most recently, Dartmouth became Boston University's eighth shutout victim in a row and took a 1-0 loss to the Terriers on Wednesday night. Marina Moschitto leads the Green with three goals, while Aly O'Dea -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick in 2009 -- has two goals. Three other players have three points. In goal, Colleen Hogan has played every minute and boasts a 1.34 goals-against average with 36 saves.
*Penn's shutout on Wednesday was its fifth this season.
*Ten different players have accounted for Penn's 19 goals.
*Junior Marin McDermott had two goals in Penn's win over Wagner; she became the third different Penn player to have a two-goal game this season (Ursula Lopez-Palm vs. Harvard; Kerry Scalora vs. Navy).
*Scalora and Lopez-Palm had Penn's other goals Wednesday night; Scalora leads Penn with four goals this season, while McDermott and Lopez-Palm have three each.
*Scalora has been the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season; she also has an assist this season and leads Penn with nine points.
*Senior Sarah Friedman added two assists Wednesday night, both on McDermott's goals, to push her career assist total to 28, the school record. She became the program's all-time assist leader with her dish on Theresa Yankovich's goal October 1 against Cornell, moving ahead of Katy Cross who had 25 from 2001-04.
*Friedman, who had a run of assists in four of five games earlier this season, entered the week tied for fourth among Ivy players in overall assists per game (0.36).
*Freshman Laura Oliver assisted on Penn's second goal Wednesday, the second game in a row she has had an assist. She is second on the team with three assists this season.
*Freshman Claire Walker made her first collegiate start vs. Wagner and collected her first collegiate point with an assist on Penn's first goal.
*Yankovich was also in on the play that set up the Quakers' first goal; it was her second assist this season.
*Sophomore Erin Thayer also made her first collegiate start on Wednesday, playing in the backfield for the Quakers.
*Among Ivy League players, Scalora is tied for eighth in overall goals per game (0.30).
*Junior Caroline Williams had played every minute in goal this season until Wednesday, when she relinquished the cage to Rachel Resek for the final eight minutes vs. Wagner.
*Williams was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Sept. 10-12 at the Penn Invitational by the participating coaches.
*Williams -- who has a 1.09 goals-against average - entered the week third among Ivy League goalies with 49 saves, and tied for second with four shutouts.
*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 62 of Penn's last 63 games, while Schoen has 54 career starts.