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PROVIDENCE - The path to the title may not have been the easiest or most desirable for Penn, but at the end of the seven-game Ivy League schedule the Red and Blue can once again call themselves Ivy League champions.
With a 12-5 win over Brown on a cold, rainy and windy day at Stevenson Field the Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) clinched a fifth consecutive Ivy title - the third time in Ivy history a school has won at least a share of five league titles (Harvard 1981-85 and 1987-93). Overall, the championship is Penn's seventh all-time (1980, 1982, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
The victory, coupled with Dartmouth's win over Princeton in Hanover, ensures that the Ivy League Tournament will once again be contested at Franklin Field, with the Quakers holding tiebreakers over Dartmouth and Harvard - the two teams with the potential to tie Penn atop the Ivy League. The Ivy League Tournament will start May 6 with the semifinals and conclude May 8 with the championship game.
A first-half deficit for the Quakers was left in the rear-view mirror thanks to a 9-1 run put together by the Red and Blue after the midway point of the first half. That run, turned a 3-1 Brown lead into a 10-4 Penn lead and the Quakers never looked back.
Erin Brennan was the catalyst for Penn, scoring three times in the first half as part of a five-goal game. Bridget Waclawik and Meredith Cain had two goals in the game, while Caroline Bunting, Lindsey Smith and Tory Bensen all added goals.
Cain was again active in the midfield, with two caused turnovers, two draw ground balls and three draw controls. Smith had four ground balls and a caused turnover while Maddie Poplawski had four draw controls.
Emily Leitner made six saves in the win, including four on free position attempts by Brown.
The Quakers scored first on a Bridget Waclawik free position goal just 40 seconds into the game, but Brown countered with three goals over a span of 8:02 to take a 3-1 lead. After the third goal, head coach Karin Brower Corbett called timeout to settle things down. The strategy worked as Erin Brennan scored on a slick play from behind the net to get Penn back on the board with 10:32 left.
Just under two minutes later, Brennan tied the game with her second of the game and Waclawik scored with just under seven minutes left in the opening period to give Penn a lead once more at 4-3. Brennan then completed her hat trick on a spectacular 1v1 play 47 seconds later, dodging her defender at the top of the 12 and blasting by for a shot on the fly.
Lindsey Smith closed out the scoring in the first half, quickly finishing a Giulia Giordano pass with 3:45 left.