Field hockey powers down against UPenn

Devan Schulte, Senior Writer

The field hockey team improved its record to 2-1 on Sept. 7 with a 1-0 win against Penn in Philadelphia. Liz Wills ’15 secured the single goal of the match, her third of the season, within 10 minutes of the game’s opening whistle.

“We knew [UPenn] had come off a huge win against Lehigh, so they would be confident. However, we were also confident in the way we had been playing and would be successful if we stuck to the way we knew that we could play,” Kayla Sullivan ’16 said.

The Bison used this confidence to channel some quick offense. Wills capitalized when a penalty corner–at just 9:07 into the game–led to a deflection that the senior starter was able to put through the pipes.

The remainder of the game was left up to the Bison defense, and the team was successful in ending the match with a shutout. Goalie Shannon Keen ’16 kept the Quakers from finding the back of the net with composure, and the impressive Bison defense limited Penn to only four total shots.

“The best way to stop shots is to prevent them from even happening, and that comes from effective communication with teammates about where to be and what to do,” Keen said.

With the Bison having a 6-5 edge in penalty corners and only 10 shot attempts between both teams, the tight contest was consistent with previous matches between both opponents, as the all-time series now stands at 2-2.

The Bison will look to improve their record this weekend, as they hope to secure wins at Saint Joseph’s tonight and at Princeton on Sept. 14.

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