Penn hopes that past trends associated with this match continue this year, especially the fact that the home team has clinched the victory in the past four meetings. More importantly, since 2007, the winner of this match has gone on to be undefeated in the Ivy League. Last year with Princeton's turn to host, the Tigers topped the Quakers 6-3 on Jan. 28. In 2008, the same trend proved to be true as the Red and Blue won its first meet-up 5-4 on Penn's campus, but was handed their first loss of the season facing the Tigers in the finals of the Howe Cup in Princeton, N.J.
Princeton is the three-time reigning Howe Cup national champion and the defending Ivy League champion, but fell to No. 7 in the national poll when an injury-depleted lineup fell to Stanford in the season opener. However, with a talented group of backups, the Tigers are still a very strong squad. Freshman Julie Cerullo, who has taken over the No. 1 position with Amanda Siebert out, is undefeated on the season.
With the Quakers nine game win streak coming to an end after last weekend's 5-4 loss to No. 2 Trinity, Penn comes into the Princeton match 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Ivy play. Senior Christina Matthias, junior Annie Madeira, and freshmen Rachael Goh and Yarden Odinak have yet to lose a match this season, while the team as a whole has combined for a notable 73-8 match record this year.
Wednesday's match will be especially special for seniors Kristen Lange, Sydney Scott, Britt Hebden, and Matthias, as they will be playing in their final home contest of their careers. The four have had an impressive tenure collectively, accumulating a 44-8 team record to date, and an Ivy title in 2008. Individually they wear a wealth of accolades, including selections to All-America and All-Ivy, as well as Lange's Ivy League Player of the Year (2009) and Rookie of the Year (2007) honors.