The field hockey team overtook Penn this past weekend, 4-0, while on the road. A big force on the field for the Red was junior forward Hannah Balleza, who notched the first hat-trick of her career in the game against the Quakers.
“I am really pleased with our team effort today,” said head coach Donna Hornibrook. “I feel like we executed well in scoring chances and we continue to do good work defensively, which we’ve done for the past two games.”
The matchup was a close one between the two teams; however, the Red capitalized on offensive opportunities while the Quakers were unable to make good on any scoring chances. Cornell held a slight edge in shots, 15-14, and both teams grabbed seven penalty corners apiece.
Junior goalkeeper Carolyn Horner grabbed eight saves while the opposition only made six saves in total.
Junior midfielder Elly Plappert recorded the fourth goal for Cornell after she grabbed a long pass from Balleza, bounced the ball around a defender and then lifted it up past the Penn netminder to score.
The Red heads back on the road for the weekend as it goes up against Ivy foe Columbia on Friday at 4 p.m. Cornell will travel to play out of conference opponent Rutgers on Sunday at 1 p.m.