With the stands packed with family, Sunny Stirewalt delivered a performance to remember.
Sandwiched between two of its biggest games of the season, the Penn women’s field hockey team takes a break from its Ivy League slate on Wednesday to take on Philadelphia rival Villanova at Ellen Vagelos Field.
After a full regulation and two overtimes of scoreless play, senior Julie Tahan scored the deciding goal on Penn’s final shootout opportunity to give the Quakers a 1-0 win over Yale (6-8, 2-3 Ivy), and keep Ivy League hopes alive for the Red and Blue (11-3, 4-1).
While the Elis (6-7, 2-2 Ivy) have been in the middle of the pack, Penn (10-3, 3-1) has already surpassed its win total from last season.
After losing a 3-2 overtime thriller to Columbia last season, the Quakers suffered a very similar result on Friday in New York, falling to the Lions 4-3 in overtime.
The Red and Blue travel to New York to take on Columbia, a team that was just blown out 6-0 by Albany. The Lions (5-7, 1-2 Ivy) are among six teams in the conference with a 1-2 record, with the lone exceptions being the undefeated Quakers (9-2, 3-0 Ivy) and the Tigers.
Five different Quakers scored as Penn (9-2, 3-0 Ivy) beat UMass-Lowell (1-13), 5-0, on Sunday afternoon.
For the second time in just four days, it took an overtime game-winning goal from junior Emily Corcoran to give Penn a ‘W,’ this time at Rider, 4-3.
Emily Corcoran, the team’s second-leading scorer split two defenders at the top of the circle, put a spin move on another and fired a low, net-seeking shot to give the Quakers (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) their best start in Ivy play since 1995.
After the Quakers were shut out for the first time all year, falling to Lafayette, 4-0, coach Colleen Fink held her team for 20 minutes.
Jasmine Cole and Elise Tilton are just freshmen, but they’re playing like they’ve been at this for a while.
Even away from Ellen Vagelos field, Penn field hockey keeps adding on to its string of success, beating Harvard, 1-0.
The Quakers now enjoy a three-game winning streak after a 3-2 victory over La Salle.