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PHILADELPHIA – No. 15 Penn has one thing left to accomplish before the end of the 2014 regular season – defeat Cornell. By doing so, the Quakers would secure a share of a record eighth consecutive Ivy League championship. No Ivy League women’s lacrosse team has won more than seven straight championships, the current seven-year streak tied with Harvard’s 1987-93 teams for the most all-time.
The Quakers are also in possession of the nation’s longest stretch of consecutive conference championships and can extend that mark with a win Saturday in Ithaca. A victory will also ensure that the women’s lacrosse program ties men’s fencing (1975-76 to 1982-83) for most consecutive Ivy championships among Penn programs.
The Quakers are 3-2 on the road this season, 2-1 in road Ivy games. All-time against the Big Red, Penn is 25-15.
A Penn win on Saturday will give the Quakers 10 wins for the eighth time in nine seasons after going 23 years without 10 wins.
The Red and Blue are second in the Ivy League entering the final weekend of competition. The Quakers have locked up a berth in the Ivy League Tournament for the fifth time in the five years the Tournament has been held – the only Ivy program to do so – and are looking to solidify their grasp on the No. 2 seed. A win locks that up for Penn, while a Cornell win could send Penn down to the No. 3 seed. If Penn wins, they will play Harvard in a semifinal next Friday at Princeton. If Penn loses, the Quakers will have a quick rematch with the Big Red.
Lindsey Toppe leads Cornell (7-7, 4-2 Ivy) in scoring with 42 goals and 10 assists for 52 points. Catherine Ellis (23 goals) and Rachel Moody (21) are also above the 20-goal mark this season. Emily Tripodi has eight goals, but has served as the primary feeder with 23 assists.
Joining Tory Bensen as a focal point of Penn’s attack is Nina Corcoran who tallied three goals and two assists on Wednesday against Columbia, reaching the five-point mark for the fourth time this season and the second time in two games. Three of her five-point games have come in Ivy League competition and 20 of her 34 points this season have come in League contests. Bensen has been just as dominant in Ivy games with 21 of her 36 points coming against Ancient Eight foes.