Penn baffles Brown, moves to .500 in league play

The field hockey team defeated Brown 3-2 on Saturday in Rhode Island, the Quakers’ 10th consecutive win over the Bears.

Image: Penn Athletics

Three different Quakers scored goals in the field hockey team’s 3-2 triumph over Brown on Saturday in Rhode Island.

Penn scored two goals in the first five minutes of the game, one by junior midfielder Meghan Ward, assisted by sophomore forward Lis Zandbergen, at the 2:46 mark, and another unassisted goal by junior forward Julia Russo in the fifth minutes.

The scored settled at 2-0 until the fourth quarter, when freshman midfielder/defender Courtney Kenah scored a goal on an assist by junior defender Elita Van Staden to put the Red & Blue up 3-0.

Freshman midfielder/defender Courtney Kenah had one shot, one shot on goal, and one goal. (Image: Penn Athletics)

Brown scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game, one in the 52nd minute and one with 16 seconds left in the game.

Russo finished with three shots, three shots on goal, and one goal. Ward had two shots, one shot on goal, and one goal. Ward and Russo are tied for first on the team with three goals each.

Kenah had one shot, one shot on goal, and one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Sabien Paumen had a career-high nine saves. Her 5.18 saves per game average is third-best in the conference.

Dating back to 2011, the Red & Blue have defeated Brown 10 straight times.

In their annual Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness, Penn (5-6 overall, 2-2 in conference) takes on Yale (5-7 overall, 2-2 in conference) on Saturday at noon at Ellen Vagelos Field. The Quakers have won seven of the last eight meetings, including a 4-2 victory in 2019. Van Staden led Penn with two goals.