PHILADELPHIA – The result may be routine – an Ivy League women’s lacrosse championship for Penn – but the 2013 route was one never before travelled by the Quakers as Karin Corbett’s club needed every minute of the Ancient Eight season – and then some – to secure the seventh consecutive Ivy crown for the program. The Red and Blue needed three overtime wins to secure the outright Ivy title with an undefeated 7-0 League record, and the thrilling 10-9 win over Princeton comes in at No. 4 on the 2012-13 Penn Top Ten.
The meeting on April 17 was everything a Penn-Princeton game should be. There were lead changes and runs by each team. There were late goals and big plays from big time players. And in the end, Penn prevailed.
There were six ties over the course of the game, the last one enacted by Shannon Mangini with 5:10 left in the game. Her unassisted tally was her second of the night and forced overtime. If it seemed as if the ball was always in her stick during the game, it was especially true in overtime as Mangini would draw three free position attempts to try and break the deadlock. After working the first two eight-meter shots to earn better looks to goal, Mangini would cash in on her third attempt, giving Penn its first lead since the 39th minute of the game.
The result was not locked up until a late Lucy Ferguson save from point-blank range in the game’s waning moments, the stop setting off a raucous celebration at Franklin Field as Penn clinched at least a share of another Ivy crown. Three days later in Rhode Island, the Quakers again needed overtime – rallying on Brown for a 10-7 win. Mangini was again a key factor, scoring with 0:30 to play to tie the game, and netting one of Penn’s three overtime goals. Over the course of the season, Mangini would score a pair of game-tying goals and three goals in overtime. Her three extra time goals in one season are a Penn record. She would go on to be named the first Ivy League Midfielder of the Year, also earning first-team All-Ivy and first-team All-Region honors.
Penn would capture its second Ivy League Tournament title in early May, downing Dartmouth, 10-7, in the title tilt at Franklin Field to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Women’s lacrosse is in the midst of a championship run unlike any a women’s program at Penn has ever seen. Seven consecutive Ivy League championships is the most by any female Quakers team, eclipsing the six titles won by women’s fencing from 1982-83 through 1987-88 and is second among both men’s and women’s programs. In addition, the 2007-13 Penn women’s lacrosse teams are tied with Harvard’s 1987-93 squads for the most consecutive women’s lacrosse titles by an Ivy school and is the current longest active streak of conference titles by any team in the nation.
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2012-13 Penn Top 10
No. 1 - July 17
No. 2 - July 15
No. 3 - July 10
No. 4 - Women's Lacrosse Clinches Ivy Title with OT Win Over Princeton
No. 5 - Women's Basketball Postseason Buzzer Beater
No. 6 - Gymnastics Wins ECAC Title
No. 7 - Wrestling Upends #21 Lehigh, 24-12
No. 8 - Sprint Football Thriller(s)
No. 9 - Historic Basketball Comebacks
No. 10 - Men's Lacrosse Rolls Past #14 Duke, 14-9