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Penn’s Alexa Hoover A Dominant Field Hockey Force

By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It has been a wonderful start to the season for the University of Pennsylvania field hockey squad. In fact, it is the best eight-game start in program history.

The Quakers are 7-1 and they will put a seven-game winning streak on the line on Tuesday as they host Lafayette.

Head coach Colleen Fink’s squad is getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players, but the brightest star on this team has to be sophomore attacker Alexa Hoover.

“It’s been awesome,” Hoover tells KYW Newsradio. “Obviously, everyone loves winning. But I think, overall as a team, we’re gelling so well, on and off the field, it’s just super fun.”

Listen: Alexa Hoover with KYW’s Matt Leon

Hoover has been just about unstoppable here in 2015. She has 17 goals in Penn’s eight games and her average of 2.13 goals a contest right now leads the nation.  In a September 11th win over St. Joe’s, Hoover set a Penn single-game record with five goals. A lot of work obviously goes into having that kind of success, but Hoover says another key for her is keeping things as simple as possible.

“I just try to play my own game and take things one step at at time,” Hoover says. “A lot of times if you think too much about either winning or skills or certain things, you just end up hurting yourself in the end. So I just try to take things one thing at a time.”

A native of Collegeville, Hoover is a Methacton High School product, and she has been an offensive force almost from the minute she arrived on campus. Last year, as a freshman, she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first team All-Ivy after scoring 14 goals in 17 games. She announced her presence with authority in her very first game, netting a hat trick in her collegiate debut against Lehigh.

“At first, coming into college, I was a little bit nervous with the transition of high school level hockey to college level hockey,” Hoover says. “But after that point, I think I felt that I was ready to play.”

And Hoover thinks the fun is just beginning for her squad here in 2015.

“We’re on a seven-game win streak and we’re hoping to keep it that way and just looking for that Ivy League title,” Hoover says.

Penn and Lafayette get underway at 4:00pm this afternoon.

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