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College Field Hockey
Play 4 The Cure
Rider vs. Penn Wednesday at 5 p.m.
LAWRENCEVILLE—Led by all-time leading scorer, senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Nicole Hareau (Montevideo, Uruguay), the Rider University field hockey team returns home for only the second time this season, hosting the Penn Quakers on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The game is Rider’s annual participation in the Play 4 The Cure initiative as the team looks to raise donations and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.
Rider (8-3) comes into the contest on a two-game winning streak, having won at Saint Joseph’s and Lehigh this past weekend.
Hareau leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals (10), which is 14th nationally and she has four game-winning goals, including the overtime tally against Saint Joseph’s on October 4.
Not to be outdone, Penas leads the MAAC in assists (9) which is fourth best in the nation and she assisted on both game-winning goals over the weekend to become Rider’s all-time leading scorer with 156 points (61 goals, 34 assists). Penas is 15th nationally in points this season with 23.
As a team, Rider continues to lead the nation in penalty corners per game (10.64).
The Broncs have the 14th best goals against average (1.33) and the 15th best winning percentage (.727) in the latest NCAA rankings.
Sophomore goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) has won eight of 11 games this season and enters the game with a 1.28 goals against average, 13th best in the nation.
Penn (7-2) is off to one of its best starts ever and the Quakers enter the game having defeated Dartmouth 5-4 in overtime on Sunday.
Penn also has wins over Lehigh (5-4) and Saint Joseph’s (5-2) and also defeated Cornell, Pacific, La Salle and Harvard.
The Quakers are led by Jasmine Cole who has 10 goals.
Rider is 27-1 all-time at Ben Cohen Field, the lighted on-campus turf field which opened in the Fall of 2010.
Rider defeated Penn 3-0 in Philadelphia last season. The Broncs defeated the Quakers 7-1 at Rider in 2011 and 8-3 in Philadelphia in 2010.
During the game, Rider will raise donations and awareness in the on-going battle against breast cancer by ‘Playing 4 The Cure’.
“Wednesday is an important game,” head coach Lori Hussong said. “We are raising donations to honor our team mentor, Rider Director of Publications Cathy Carter-Romero who has continued to battle this disease. She is an inspiration to so many people and we are looking to put forth a solid effort for our fans as we raise donations and awareness to battle this disease. Penn is having a great season and it is our last game before conference play so it will be important for many reasons, both on and off the field.”
Rider will continue its home stand with a game on Sunday, opening MAAC play against Robert Morris at noon as part of Alumni Day.
Weather permitting, Wednesday’s game, as well as all home field hockey games, will be streamed on BroncVision, the pay per view video stream of Rider Athletics.
GameWatcher (LiveStats) will also be available for free on the GoBroncs.com website for all home games and most away contests.