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Penn loses 4-1 to Drexel at Franklin Field. 4 Annie Matthews M Credit: Joe Ovelman

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 Dragons dropped Penn 7-0 and handed the Quakers their ninth straight loss yesterday night at Buckley Field.

Drexel, who is ranked No. 16 in this week’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Poll, outshot the Quakers (1-10, 0-4 Ivy) 38-4 in its eighth straight victory.

Senior Susan Ciufo scored twice to open the game as the Dragons gained a four-goal lead by halftime. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Fleischut tallied two assists and a goal in the second half, and Penn goalie Danielle Rothman stopped 16 shots overall.

The Quakers, according to coach Colleen Quinn Fink, had a strong showing in the midfield, but lacked the tempo and offensive attack to stop their University City rival.

“I’ve said it to the team,” Fink said. “We are not going to get results unless we are willing to take risks offensively. We have to take high-percentage shots and force penalty corners regardless [of] how our defense plays.”

The Quakers will look to end their losing streak before it hits double digits Friday night at Delaware. Penn also plays Columbia Sunday on Franklin Field, where it will honor the Classes of 1993 and 1994, who won back-to-back Ivy League titles.

During the game the team will wear pink socks while taking part in ‘Play 4 the Cure’ to raise money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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