FH Hits Road For Two Nationally-Ranked Matchups This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team hits the road for a pair of top-25 matchups this weekend, opening Ivy League play on Friday at No. 7 Princeton before staying in Philadelphia for a trip to No. 24 Temple on Sunday.

GAME DAY 7: Penn at # 7 Princeton
Friday, Sept. 23 | 4:00 pm
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GAME DAY 8: Penn at # 24 Temple
Sunday, Sept. 25 | Noon
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Ivy League on ESPN

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The Series with Princeton

Friday’s matchup is the 48th time in program history the teams have competed against each other with the Tigers owning a 30-14-3 record in the series. The Quakers have won five games at Princeton; however, the last time was in 2004. Penn won 2-1 in the contest.

About The Tigers

Princeton enters Friday’s game with a 4-3 record, all against nationally ranked opponents. Its three losses came to No. 2 UNC (4-3), No. 9 Louisville (2-1), and No. 1 Northwestern (2-1 OT). The Tigers are coming off their biggest victory of the season on Tuesday, defeating No. 3 Maryland in double overtime, 4-3, for their first loss of the year. Beth Yeager scored the game-tying goal with less than two minutes left in regulation, then scored the winner in the 71st minute. Yeager currently leads the team with 15 points off six goals and three assists. Robyn Thompson has played every minute in the cage this season, maintaining a 1.96 goals-against average with 42 saves.

The Series with Temple

The Quakers are meeting the Owls for the 42nd time in program history on Sunday, with Temple holding a 25-16 edge in the series. Penn has shown a lot of success against the Owls as of lately, riding a six-game win streak including a 2-0 shutout at Ellen Vagelos Field last season. The Quakers scored goals in the second and third quarters, both by Maddy Fagan with assists from Allison Kuzyk and Meghan Ward.

About The Owls

Temple enters a two-game weekend with a 7-1 record, taking on Villanova on Friday before hosting the Quakers on Sunday. The Owls only loss this season came on September 2 at No. 12 Virginia, falling 1-0. Since then, they are on a five-game win streak, most recently shutting out La Salle at home, 2-0, on Sunday. Averaging 3.38 goals per game, Temple is led by Tess Muller with 12 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and Julianne Kopec with five goals. Molly Frey has tended the cage in all eight games, rocking a 0.88 goals-against average with 21 saves.

Penn’s Last Time Out

The Quakers suffered a road loss on Sunday at Drexel, 2-1. Trailing early in the third quarter, Penn answered just a minute later off a penalty corner when Meghan Ward redirected a pass from Gracyn Banks into the back of the cage. In the final frame, the Dragons broke the tie with the game winner. The Quakers led the game in shots, 13-12, but were slightly edged in penalty corners, 7-5.

Quaker Notemeal

* The Quakers opened the season playing four top-10 opponents in their first five games: No. 9 Louisville, No. 2 UNC, No. 20 Boston College, and No. 1 Northwestern. By the end of the weekend, their first eight games will have been against six national ranked opponents.

* Seniors Banks, Meghan Ward and Van Staden Elite will lead the Red and Blue this season as team captains. It is Banks’ second-straight year as a captain.

* Head coach Colleen Fink heads the program for her 13th season, totaling 95 victories entering the 2022 campaign.

* Penn will host their annual Believe in Bryn game on Sunday, October 2 against LIU.


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