Photos courtesy of Harvard and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League field hockey
teams took a break from conference action that was anything but
relaxing, as they faced tough opponents, including four teams
ranked in the top-25.
Four Ivy squads went undefeated last week, including three teams that won both of their games in Penn (9-2, 3-0 Ivy), Cornell (6-5, 1-2 Ivy) and Harvard (4-5, 1-2 Ivy).
The Quakers defeated Rider (4-3 ot) and UMass-Lowell (5-0), and now have nine victories on the year. The only team in program history to have a better record after 11 games was Penn’s 1988 NCAA semifinalist, which was 9-1-1 through 11 games en route to a 14-3-1 mark for the season. Freshman Jasmine Cole finished with three goals and an assist on the week, including the gamewinner against Lowell.
Cornell held off Colgate, 3-2, and Saint Joseph’s, 4-2, to extend its winning streak to a season-best three games. Senior Elly Plappert factored into five of her team’s seven goals on the week, finishing with two scores and three assists to help the Big Red move above .500 for the first time in 2013. Her penalty stroke against Saint Joseph’s proved to be the gamewinner.
Harvard, meanwhile, shut out UMass-Lowell, 4-0, and then held off a 9-2 Fairfield squad, 4-3 in overtime. Trailing the Stags 2-1 with just over 15 minutes remaining, the Crimson scored twice to take a 3-2 lead with 4:41 to go in regulation. But Fairfield was able to get the equalizer in the 69th minute to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, Fairfield goalie Caitlin Bennett saved a shot by Harvard junior Catriona McDonald and the ball came to sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson, who sent it to the back of the net for the gamewinner.
Dartmouth (4-6, 1-2 Ivy) won its only contest of the week, 2-0 over UMass-Lowell. Sophomore Eliza Becker finished with a goal and an assist and senior Maggie Scanlon tallied the gamewinner.
Princeton (7-4, 3-0 Ivy) took on No. 1 Maryland and was unable to come back from a 3-0 deficit, eventually falling, 3-1. The Tigers, ranked ninth in the country, then bounced back with a 2-1 win at Delaware. Senior Michelle Cesan tallied a goal and an assist and fellow classmate Amanda Bird tallied the gamewinning score.
The highlight of the week was Brown’s upset overtime win over No. 14 Louisville, 2-1. The Bears (5-6, 1-2 Ivy) earned their first victory over a ranked opponent since Sept. 24, 2005, when they defeated No. 20 Harvard, 1-0. Against the Cardinals, junior goalie Shannon McSweeney stopped 10 shots and freshman Katarina Angus’ second career goal was her first career gamewinner.
Columbia (5-7, 1-2 Ivy) split its two games last week, defeating Colgate in overtime, 4-3, before falling to No. 12 Albany, 6-0. Yale (4-7, 1-2 Ivy) traveled west to face a pair of Bay Area squads, holding off Cal, 3-2, and losing to No. 13 Stanford, 4-0.
The squads return to Ivy play this week. On Friday, Columbia hosts Penn at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Yale takes on Dartmouth, Brown faces Princeton and Cornell hosts Harvard.
The Ivy League® Digital Network features three contests: Maine at Dartmouth on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., Princeton at Brown on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and Appalachian State at Penn on Sunday at noon.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn’s record setting season continued with a pair of wins last week, led in large part by junior Emily Corcoran (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). Corcoran had a nine-point week, contributing to six of the Quakers’ nine goals in the two games. She posted an assist and two goals, including the gamewinner, in the 4-3 win over Rider and then had a goal and two assists in the 5-0 victory over UMass-Lowell.
Corcoran earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the third Quaker to be named Player of the Week this season, joining Jasmine Cole (Sept. 24) and Carly Sokach (Oct. 1). It marks the first time Penn received three such honors in a single season since 1992, when it went to Amy Pine (twice) and Kara Philbin. It’s the first time three separate Quakers have been named Player of the Week in the same season since 1988, when the honors went to Nicky Hitchens, Sue Donohue and Ellen Vagelos.
Corcoran’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 3A, 9 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Marissa Balleza (Severna Park, Md.) came into the week with one goal on the season and exited with four. Balleza finished with three goals in the two wins for the Crimson. She scored twice in a 4-0 win over UMass-Lowell for her first career multi-goal game. In Harvard’s next contest, she gave her squad a 3-2 lead over Fairfield with 4:41 remaining in regulation. The Crimson would go on to win in overtime.
Balleza earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the second Crimson to be named Rookie of the Week, joining Sarah Finnemore, who shared the award with Cornell’s Georgia Lord on Sept. 17. Balleza is Harvard’s first sole recipient of Rookie of the Week since Noel Painter on Oct. 25, 2011.
Balleza’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG
Katarina Angus, Brown (Fr., D – West Vancouver, Canada)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., M – Vancouver)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 11 Shots, 9 SOG, 1 GW
Christina Friebott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG
Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.)
2 GP, 2A, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 3 SOG
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.)
2 GP-2 GS, 144:30 Mins., 3 GA, 1.45 GAA, 16 Svs., .842 Sv. %, 1-1
Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.)
2 GP, 2G, 3A, 7 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW, 1-1 PS
Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
2 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW
Tuesday, October 15
Maine at Dartmouth, 3 pm [IVY]
Friday, October 18
*Penn at Columbia, 6 pm
Saturday, October 19
*Dartmouth at Yale, 12 pm
*Princeton at Brown, 12 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Cornell, 12 pm
Sunday, October 20
Appalachian State at Penn, 12 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Colgate, 12 pm
Delaware at Columbia, 1 pm
Lehigh at Cornell, 1 pm
Maine at Yale, 2 pm
*-Ivy League contest
[IVY]-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
September 17 – Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)
September 24 – Erica Borgo, Yale (Sr., F – Randolph, N.J.)/
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)
October 8 – Cassidy Arner, Princeton (Jr., F – Red Hill, Pa.)
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
October 15 – Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
September 17 – Georgia Lord, Cornell (Fr., F - Cranleigh, England)/
Sarah Finnemore, Harvard (Fr., F - Norridgewock, Maine)
September 24 – Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 8 – Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
October 15 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
September 10 – Gabrielle Garcia (Sr., F – Yale); Elizabeth Hitti (So., F – Ashland, Mass.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (So., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.); Hailey Reeves, Princeton (Fr., F – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., D – North Wales, Pa.)
September 17 – Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Anna Masini, Brown (So., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
September 24 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Clayton Christus, Brown (Jr., F – Bernardsville, N.J.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 1 – Avery Burns, Brown (Sr., M – Millersville, Md.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Anya Gersoff, Princeton (So., GK – Greenwood, Colo.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Elizabeth Schaeffler, Cornell (So., GK – Timonium, Md.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.); Heather Zezzo, Dartmouth (Fr., D – Jamison, Pa.)
October 8 – Mallory Bannon, Cornell (Sr., D – Hopkinton, Mass.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Hannah Rogers, Brown (So., F – Los Altos, Calif.); Emily Schuckert, Yale (Sr., M – Wilmington, Del.); Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr., GK – Medford, N.J.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
October 15 – Katarina Angus, Brown (Fr., D – West Vancouver, Canada); Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., M – Vancouver); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Christina Friebott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.); Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the
|Brown||October 23, 2012*||Shannon McSweeney
|Columbia||September 11, 2012*||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||October 9, 2012||Hannah Balleza
|Dartmouth||October 8, 2013*||Ali Savage
|Harvard||September 27, 2011||Carly Dickson
|Penn||October 15, 2013||Emily Corcoran
|Princeton||October 8, 2013*||Cassidy Arner
|Yale||September 24, 2013*||Erica Borgo
|Rookie of the
|Brown||October 30, 2012
|Columbia||October 1, 2013||Katie Ruesterholz
|Cornell||September 17, 2013*||Georgia Lord
|Dartmouth||November 8, 2011||Ali Savage
|Harvard||October 15, 2013||Marissa Balleza
|Penn||October 8, 2013||Elise Tilton
|Princeton||October 23, 2012||Teresa Benvenuti
|Yale||November 9, 2010||Erica Borgo|
Team (top-20 as of October 13)
|Goals Per Game
|Goals Against Average||Princeton||26||1.69|
|Assists Per Game
|Saves Per Game||Brown||3
|Points Per Game
|Penalty Corners Per Game
Individual (top-20 as of October 13)
|Points Per Game
|Goals Per Game||Jasmine Cole
|Assists Per Game
|Goals Against Average||Anya Gersoff||Princeton||24||1.63|
|Saves Per Game||Shannon McSweeney
|Goalie Win-Loss Percentage