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Sophomore goalkeeper Sabien Paumen makes an acrobatic save during Friday's game versus Drexel on Sept. 10.

Credit: Samantha Turner

After Penn field hockey started off the season not as strong as it had hoped — losing matches to Louisville and North Carolina — the Quakers bounced back to win two straight, in large part due to sophomore Sabien Paumen's play in goal. 

Paumen, who prior to this season had yet to see game action, was looking to make up for her performance against No. 1 UNC, where she gave up eight goals in 45 minutes of play.

In the team's game against Drexel on Friday, which served as field hockey's first home game in nearly two years, Paumen did just that, notching a season-high and career-high eight saves and only allowing three goals. Her efforts were a massive factor in the team’s 5-3 victory.

Then, on Sunday, Paumen arguably topped herself, as she fielded a shutout against Villanova. Due to the team’s strong play outside of goal, Paumen only had to save three balls, but her staunch presence certainly made just as big of an impact in the game as it did against Drexel.

The Red and Blue will be back in action against Saint Joseph’s on Friday at 3:00 p.m.