PHILADELPHIA – On Senior Day for No. 10 Penn, the five graduating seniors added one more memory to their careers at Penn with a 12-6 win over Brown in their final game at Franklin Field. The win clinches a berth in the Ivy League Tournament for Penn. The four-team field is set with Princeton, Cornell and Harvard also locked in for the tournament which will take place at Princeton May 2-4.
Penn's fifth consecutive trip to the Ivy League Tournament makes the Quakers the only Ivy program to appear in all five editions of the Ivy League Tournament which began in 2010.
The Quakers (8-4, 4-1 Ivy) dominated from the start, never trailing the Bears (9-5, 2-4 Ivy) and swarming the Brown attack at every opportunity to the tune of 16 caused turnovers. Leading the way was Meg Markham with six caused turnovers while senior co-captain Allie Martin was just as busy with four caused turnovers. Together, the duo combined for 10 of Penn’s 22 ground balls – each wrangling five.
All five members of the Class of 2014 earned the start in the game, including the first career start in goal for Carly Churchill. The senior made two saves throughout the game and allowed two goals over her 14:08 in the cage. Lucy Ferguson earned her ninth win of the season with her 45:52 of playing time, making five saves along the way. Also making the start on their Senior Day were Kylie Gauthier (first appearance of the season after suffering a knee injury), Allie Martin, Brittany Swanson and Courtney Tomchik.
Churchill had to make the first stop of the game, and did so with a denial of Kerianne Hunt just under four minutes in. Moments later, Taylor Foussadier would force the first of Brown’s 17 turnovers to send the Quakers in transition. Play would eventually work its way to Lindsey Smith and she dialed up a spin move to lose a defender and score the first goal of the game at the 7:39 mark and give the Quakers the lead.
Lely DeSimone followed in quick fashion for Penn, sending home a Nina Corcoran pass 1:21 later to give the Quakers a 2-0 lead. 1:13 later, Corcoran again factored in on a goal, dishing a pass to Tory Bensen who netted the first of her four goals in the game to push Penn ahead, 3-0, at the 10:13 mark.
Brown would get on the board at the 12:14 mark, Bre Hudgins scoring on a free position. She would win the ensuing draw, but a caused turnover by Allie Martin denied the Bears any momentum. Penn would work the ball patiently, and eventually Catherine Dickinson would sneak out from behind the cage and slip a shot top corner to giver Penn a 4-1 lead with 12:08 to play in the first half.
The Quakers would again score in quick fashion as Iris Williamson needed 51 seconds to give Penn a 5-1 lead. After collecting a pass at the top of the offensive third, she moved to goal with authority and fired on the fly for her ninth goal of the season.
Brown had a chance to get back on the board with just under seven minutes to play and Hudgins on the line at center hash for a free position. However, Lucy Ferguson came up huge with a stick save on Hudgins and then a second sublime stop off a shot by Danielle Maestro off the rebound from just outside the crease. Penn would move quickly down field, but Williamson’s shot was saved. The rebound went to Tory Bensen and she was fouled to draw a free position. She was true on the shot for her 20th goal of the season and a 6-1 Penn lead. Hunt would score for the Bears with 0:15 to go in the first half, sending the Quakers to halftime with a 6-2 lead.
Out of the break, Penn would rattle off three consecutive goals to build a 9-2 lead. Dickinson was first with a free position 2:03 into the second half. Corcoran would follow at 36:48 and Bensen recorded her hat trick at 37:52 – both goals coming immediately after a Penn caused turnover.
Hudgins would tally a goal for Brown out of a timeout with 21:07 remaining in the game, but Corcoran would answer that goal with her second of the game 1:19 later to regain a seven-goal lead for the Quakers. Moments later, Bensen would register her fourth of the game, quickly sending in a Corcoran pass as Penn went out to an 11-3 lead.
The Quakers would cruise from there, adding a late goal from Lauren D’Amore to finish off the scoring.
Bensen and Corcoran each finished with five points in the game – each tying their career-high for points in a game. Meg Markham, who entered the game first in the Ivy League in caused turnovers set a new career high for caused turnovers in a game with her six as did Allie Martin with her four.
11 different players had a ground ball for Penn in the game, led by Markham and Martin with their five each. Taylor Foussadier, Nina Corcoran and Lauren D’Amore each had two.
As a team, Penn set season-bests in both goals scored and caused turnovers. The 16 caused turnovers in a game is the most by a Penn team since causing 17 against Saint Joseph’s in 2010.
The Quakers remain in contention for an eighth consecutive Ivy League championship with the win. Princeton clinched at least a share of the Ivy title with a win on Saturday, finishing the conference slate at 6-1. Penn is 4-1 with two Ancient Eight games remaining.
The Quakers take on Columbia on April 23 at Penn Park. First draw is set for 4 p.m.