PHILADELPHIA - In a topsy-turvy weekend of Ivy League play last week, the bad news was that Penn was unable to escape Dartmouth with a win. The good news, of course, is that the Quakers didn't leave with a loss, either. So while last Saturday's 0-0 tie did not help the team in its quest to win the Ivy League title, a point was earned. With three weekends left in the season, Penn is third in the standings and remains alive in the title chase.
Next up is another dangerous road game. This Saturday the Quakers are at Yale, facing a Bulldogs squad that has struggled in League play but boasts plenty of quality players. The teams will meet in New Haven at 4:30 p.m.
Around the League: The Quakers and Bulldogs actually kick off the weekend's action. About a half-hour after the Penn-Yale kickoff on Saturday, Princeton (3-1-0) and Harvard (2-2-0) kick off in New Jersey. At 7 p.m. that evening, Columbia (3-0-1) tries to keep its place atop the Ivy standings as the Lions host Dartmouth (1-2-1). The final match takes place Sunday at 2 p.m., when Brown (1-2-1) hosts Cornell (1-3-0).
The Series with Yale: The Bulldogs hold a 12-4-4 lead in the series, but as with many of Penn's Ivy League opponents that number is skewed by the fact that Yale won the first seven meetings from 1991-97. Since then the teams have been virtually even, with Yale up 5-4-4. Penn -- whose last win in the series came in 2007, a 2-1 victory in Philadelphia -- is looking for its first win in New Haven since 1999; since then, the Quakers have lost twice and tied three times at Reese Stadium. Of an interesting note, the last two meetings between these teams in New Haven have ended 0-0.
About Yale: The Bulldogs (6-7-1, 1-3-0 Ivy) enter the weekend having won three of its last four, including a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross on Tuesay and a 3-1 decision at Dartmouth on Oct. 9. Yale boasts last year's Ivy League Player of the Year in Becky Brown, and last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Kristen Forster. This season, Brown leads her team with 12 points (4g, 4a) while Forster is third behind teammate Enma Mullo in scoring -- Mullo has 10 points (3g, 4a) while Forster has seven (2g, 3a). Three other players have scored at least twice this season, including Miyuki Hino who was an All-Ivy pick a year ago. In goal, Ayana Sumiyasu has started all but one match.
*Penn has shut out its last two opponents, the second time that has happened this season; the Quakers have six clean sheets overall in 2010.
*Ten different players have accounted for Penn's 19 goals.
*Junior Marin McDermott had two goals in Penn's win last week 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 last Wednesday; 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 vs. Wagner, 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 third among Ivy players in overall assists per game (0.46).
*Freshman Laura Oliver assisted on Penn's second goal vs. Wagner, 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.
*Sophomore Erin Thayer has started the last two matches for Penn, the first two starts of her collegiate career.
*Among Ivy League players, Scalora is tied for sixth in overall goals per game (0.33) and tied for 10th in overall points per game (0.75).
*Also, in the Ivy stats, Lopez-Palm is 10th in overall goals per game (0.30) and Oliver is tied for ninth in overall assists per game (0.23).
*Junior Caroline Williams had played every minute in goal this season until last 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 0.99 goals-against average - entered the week third among Ivy League goalies with 54 saves, and tied for second with five 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 63 of Penn's last 64 games, while Schoen has 55 career starts.