After 11 straight Ivy League championships and 21 in 22 years, Princeton field hockey lost control of its crown last season. Despite the Quakers’ two runner-up finishes in the last four years, it was Harvard who ultimately came away with the title in 2016.
Prior to 2016, the Tigers (1-4) were heavy favorites to win the league year-in, year-out. In recent years, the Quakers twice challenged Princeton on the last day of the regular season with the championship on the line but came up short both times.
Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the ideals reflected in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and when Penn field hockey’s starting keeper Liz Mata leaves Ellen Vagelos Field for the last time, she will not only have lived up to these values on the field, but she will also continue to live up to them wherever life takes her.
It was another split weekend for the Quakers (2-4), who took down cross-town rival Drexel, 3-2, before falling to No. 19 Iowa on Sunday, 2-3. Despite the losing effort, the Quakers showed that they could handle a top-20 opponent in the Hawkeyes (4-5).
The Quakers (1-3) have an exciting weekend ahead of them as the team gets closer to Ivy League play in two weeks. Penn has its first road game of the year on Friday, traveling only a few streets away to play Drexel (3-3) as part of Philadelphia Field Hockey Night. Two days later, the Quakers will return to Ellen Vagelos Field to host Iowa (3-4).
After a two-goal performance in a 2-0 defeat of Villanova for its first win of the season, Hoover has more than earned this week's edition of DP Sports’ Player of the Week.
In a weekend of two impressive showings, Penn field hockey notched its first win of the season, beating Villanova, 2-0, on Sunday after falling to Delaware, 2-1, just two days prior.
DP Sports released its Soccer Issue on Thursday, previewing the season ahead and the matchups on tap this weekend. But what about the rest of Penn Athletics? Here's what the other squads who don the Red and Blue will be up to over the next few days:
Penn field hockey struggled out of the gate in its opening weekend, falling to Rutgers by a score of 1-0, and to top-ranked UNC, 3-1.
On Sunday, the Quakers (0-0) will host top-ranked North Carolina, but just two days before that they will play at home against Rutgers. While the Tar Heels (1-1) clearly present a more challenging matchup, the Red and Blue are resolved to approach both games with the same preparation and mentality.
With fall athletics underway, many Penn teams will be vying for Ivy League and even national glory. Which team has the best chances of claiming or defending a trophy? Three of the Daily Pennsylvanian sports editors talked it out.
There's a lot to catch up on, but here's an overview of the seven Penn Athletics programs in competition this fall:
This fall season will feature 25 Ivy League matches on ESPN’s live internet streaming network, ESPN3. Penn will feature in six of these games across four different sports. Here is a look at the Quakers' matchups to be featured on the ESPN channel throughout this fall.
After squaring off against four ranked opponents in one of the nation's toughest early season slates, Penn will hope to carry that momentum when it faces conference rival Cornell and traditionally strong Syracuse.
Good leadership can prove the difference between try and triumph, and Penn field hockey is rife with multitalented players. Unlike previous years, the team will now rely on three captains to take them to the NCAA Tournament and finally take down Princeton.
On May 27, USA Field Hockey announced their selections for the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship. Included among the players chosen were two of Penn’s own — Alexa Hoover and Alexa Schneck.
Penn football, women’s soccer, and field hockey all recently released their fall 2017 schedules. The Quakers are looking forward to a competitive and successful season across the athletics department.
Most athletes, including myself, come in with a perfect image of what it means to be a Division I athlete. I committed in the fall of my junior year to Penn field hockey as a goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the experience that I endured was something so unexpected and disheartening that still, to this day, it's hard to accept.
Sure, it’s early. Five months early, to be exact. But if last weekend was any indication, take the over on any 2017 Penn field hockey betting odds.
It hurts to lose. For all Quakers sports, it hurts to fall to the Tigers. A loss to Princeton hurts no team more than Penn field hockey.
As the season winds down to its final game, the week has been the last of 2016 for Penn field hockey.