But despite less-than-ideal conditions, Fink and her team have only prevailed.
In 2011, Penn went 3-14 on the season. Four games into 2012, the Quakers have three wins and more goals than they had in their first 12 outings last year.
The Quakers fell short of achieving a team goal of beginning the year 4-0, but the 3-1 start is still the program’s best since 1997.
With just two matches under their belts, the Quakers are already 2-0 and off to their best start since 1997 after defeating Lehigh and Towson in a pair of weekend games at Franklin Field.
On Tuesday, Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky announced he would be installing an AstroTurf field in the Penn Park space between the tennis courts and the South Street Bridge.
In a short two-month span, the Red and Blue went from a 7-0 opening loss to American to playing powerhouse Princeton to a tie for most of the season’s final game.
Against the six-time defending Ivy champs, the Red and Blue were the ultimate underdog against Princeton — and they went the distance. The fact that the Quakers ultimately lost, 3-0, almost doesn’t matter
Friday night at Franklin Field, Penn has a chance to play spoiler in its season finale against Princeton, whose top four players have taken a leave of absence this season to play with the U.S. National Olympic Team.
This mentality played directly into the Penn field hockey team’s win over Brown, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I.
A problem Penn often faces when it travels to play a team with an AstroTurf field is that it needs to practice on AstroTurf, the default playing surface in Division I field hockey. Unfortunately for the Quakers, Franklin Field is composed of Sprinturf.
Despite an early 1-0 lead, the Penn field hockey team fell to nonconference powerhouse Rider, 7-1, Wednesday in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Despite a halftime lead, Penn field hockey fell to first-place Yale, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Sunday, Yale field hockey brings its Ivy League-leading offense to Philadelphia to take on a Penn team that has been on an offensive surge.
On Friday, the fell to Columbia, 5-1, in New York. Two days later, however, they came out firing against Appalachian State at Franklin Field to win, 5-2.
With eight freshmen on the roster this season, the Penn field hockey team had an uncertain outlook. Its freshmen, however, may have provided the largest contribution of any class so far this year.
Down 4-1 midway through the first half Wednesday at Lehigh, the Quakers clawed their way back to within one, but fell, 4-3.
Two goals weren’t enough for Penn, as Dartmouth came back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to win, 4-2, Saturday at Franklin Field.
Fink has had a rough one-and-a-half seasons as head coach, but when it comes to overtime, she is a perfect 3-0.
Caroline Olt, a senior and co-captain, and her sister, Olivia, a sophomore, both describe their relationship as “very close.” Two years ago, when Olivia was being recruited to play college field hockey, the choice was clear.
Harvard scored three goals in the opening five minutes of the second half Saturday, and the Quakers’ short-lived Ivy League winning streak came to an abrupt end as they fell, 4-1, in Cambridge, Mass.
The Wildcats outshot the Quakers, 18-6, over the course of the game.
It was halftime of a scoreless battle, and an upbeat Colleen Fink had only one message for the Penn field hockey team: score first.
As the second half began, the Quakers generated chance after chance.
A fresh start awaits the Penn field hockey team this Saturday when it kicks off its Ivy League season against Cornell.
In field hockey, opportunities can come in shots and penalty corners, but ultimately the only statistic that matters is the number of shots put in the back of the net.
Entering her second season, coach Colleen Fink believes last year, although difficult, was a necessary step in the direction of building a winning team.
It’s time for Penn to either step up in support of field hockey or step aside.
After Penn field hockey's 3-10 season (1-6 Ivy) came to a close, its first-year head coach said it’s the end of the beginning.
With just one game left, animosity between coach Colleen Quinn Fink and some players flared after soph. Kat Muller’s dismissal from the team Wednesday.
The Penn field hockey team’s two-game winning streak came to an emphatic end on Saturday after the Quakers fell to Yale, 10-0, at New Haven, Conn.
The Quakers started a winning streak Wednesday, defeating St. Joseph’s in a 4-3 thriller, for their second straight victory in overtime.
Despite extending its losing streak to double digits with a 2-1 loss against Delaware Friday night, the Quakers rallied on Sunday to earn their first Ivy win and just their second victory of the season, squeezing past Columbia in overtime, 3-2.
In a cross-town rivalry that has become decidedly one-sided over the past four years, Drexel scored within the first minute and never looked back.
The Golden Rams needed just one goal to best the Quakers, 1-0.
For the third straight season, the Penn field hockey team suffered a shutout defeat to intrastate rival, Lafayette.
The Penn field hockey team suffered a defeat at the hands of Big 5 rival Villanova for the second consecutive year, losing by a score of 4-0.
With Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Cornell (4-1, 1-0 Ivy), the Quakers dropped their fourth consecutive Ivy League opener and have just one win over four games.
The Penn defense held off the Tribe’s attack on Saturday, defeating William and Mary 1-0, while Davidson narrowly edged out the Quakers Sunday, 4-3.
In her first year with the Quakers, coach Colleen Quinn Fink has already implemented some changes including fast-paced and game-like preseason practices.
Despite scoring the opening goal, the Quakers were swallowed by the Broncs’ aggressive offense as they fell to an 8-3 loss.
For the first time since 1995, the Penn field hockey team = will have new blood leading it on the sidelines after Val Cloud stepped down from the program at the conclusion of last season.
Athletic Director Steve Bilsky announced Colleen Quinn Fink as the new field hockey coach for the 2010-11 season Tuesday.
Penn field hockey coach Val Cloud announced her retirement after 30 years and 15 as head coach. She won 115 games, one Ivy title and produced three All-Americans as head coach of the Quakers.
With the No. 4 team in the country rolling into town tonight, Penn field hockey coach Val Cloud is realistic at her team’s chances of beating rival Princeton.
The field hockey team lost to Columbia for only the second time in seven years.
The Quakers head to Columbia today for game that has been postponed twice due to rain.
Penn field hockey's second half scoring outburst culminated in a 4-0 win at Brown’s Warner Roof, which stifled the celebration of Brown’s Senior Day.
Field Hockey might be 4-10, but Brown is winless in the Ivy League
Field Hockey’s matchup against Ivy League rival Columbia has been postponed for the second time.
Despite leading 2-0, Penn couldn’t hold onto the lead. The resilient Bulldogs came back to force overtime and eventually win 3-2.
Sixth-place Penn (4-9, 1-2 Ivy) hopes to play spoiler when the Ivy foes face off Sunday at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.
The Quakers will make the trip to Columbia for a rematch Sunday.