Quakers conquer Columbia, Delaware during milestone weekend

The field hockey team defeated Columbia on Friday and Delaware on Sunday to give Colleen Fink her 100th and 101st victories as head coach of the Quakers.

The field hockey team celebrates Head Coach Colleen Fink’s 100th win on Friday at Ellen Vagelos Field. (Image: Penn Athletics)

The field hockey team scored a season-high seven goals on Friday—their highest total in seven years—in their 7-2 thumping of Columbia at Ellen Vagelos Field, the 100th win for Head Coach Colleen Fink.

Third-year forward Allison Kuzyk scored three goals. All three came within the first 16 minutes of the game, including a goal at the 2:31 mark, assisted by second-year midfielder Sophia Freedman. Second-year midfielder Courtney Kenah scored two goals. Fourth-year defender Gracyn Banks had one goal and one assist. First-year forward Livia Loozen scored one goal. Second-year goalkeeper Frederique Wollaert had two saves.

Penn led 5-1 at halftime. For the game, they outshot the Lions 18-5; their 18 shots were the most so far this season.

On Sunday, Senior Day for the Quakers, the Red & Blue defeated Delaware 4-1 at Ellen Vagelos Field. The Quakers beat the Blue Hens for the first time in 15 years, and the first time at home since 1989.

Seven fourth-year students were honored before their final home game: Banks, defender Maya Geller, midfielder Sydney Huang, forward Julia Russo, forward Olivia Kenny, forward Meghan Ward, and midfielder Elita Van Staden. Three of them got on the scoreboard: Van Staden scored a goal in the 35th minute; Russo scored a goal in the 52nd minute; and Huang scored a goal in the 55th minute. Third-year forward Lis Zandbergen scored Penn’s other goal.

Head Coach Colleen Fink has lead the Quakers since 2010. Penn routines plays one of the toughest schedules in the country. (Image: Eric Sucar)

The game was tied 0-0 at halftime. The Red & Blue scored two goals in both the third and fourth quarters.

Fink has led the Quakers since 2010. During her first season, Penn finished 3-14, including a 1-6 conference record. Three years later, the Quakers finished 13-4 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League, placing second in the conference.

In 12 seasons (the 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus), Fink has compiled a 101-100 overall record and a 44-39 mark in Ivy League play. The Quakers routinely play one of the hardest schedules in the country.

Penn (6-10 overall, 3-3 in Ivy League) wraps up its season on Saturday, Nov. 5, against Dartmouth (3-13, 0-6 in Ivy League) in New Hampshire.