PHILADELPHIA – Lucky 17s!
For the third game in a row, No. 10 Penn found the back of the net 17 times as the Quakers knocked off their arch rival, No. 6 Princeton, 17-12 to move into a second place tie in the Ivy League and secure a trip to the Ivy League Tournament.
The 51 goals scored over a three-game span are the second-most all-time by a Penn squad and most since the 1980 team scored 61.
The win is Penn’s first over a Top-Six opponent since defeating No. 3 North Carolina, 10-7, in March of 2011.
The attack was bolstered by Alex Condon’s eight goals – tying her career high set earlier this season against Johns Hopkins and once again finishing one of the school record. Her eight goals in the game give her 37 for the season – tied for 10th all-time in a season by a Quaker – and 79 for her career – tied for 15th on Penn’s all-time list.
Her 48 points in 13 games this season are a career-high for a season and No. 17 on Penn’s all-time single-season list.
Condon led the charge for the Quakers, scoring three of the game’s first six goals – netting a hat trick before the game was 10 minutes old. Her third goals of the game gave Penn a 4-2 lead and was part of a 7-0 Penn run over a span of 9:06 which turned a 2-2 game into a commanding 9-2 Penn lead.
The Quakers never trailed in the game, and after the dominant run to earn a 9-2 lead were never ahead by fewer than four goals. Princeton worked back to a 11-7 deficit with 27:26 to play, but a Condon goal just 0:46 later snuffed any Tigers momentum – in fact, it spurned another Penn run.
Condon’s sixth of the game with 26:40 to play sparked a 4-0 Penn run which gave Penn a 15-7 lead an all but put the game out of reach. The key to that run were three goals in 1:21 – one each from Erin Barry, Condon, and Sarah Barcia.
The Tigers would garner the game’s next three goals, climbing back to 15-10, and Olivia Hompe’s third of the game cut Penn’s lead to 16-12 with 10:01 to play – but Penn would shut the door from that point on. Britt Brown made her 10th save of the game – denying Hompe with 8:24 to play and that would be the last shot on goal Princeton would take in the game.
Each team was tasked with navigating multiple man-down situations as 11 combined yellow cards were issued in the game – eight on the Tigers – in addition to a straight red card issued to Princeton’s Annie Cory with 7:55 to play. Penn was 2-for-9 on the man-up, Princeton went 1-for-3 in addition to an Anna Doherty goal while playing a man-down.
Princeton had the edge on the draw, 17-14. Ellie McNulty had six for the Tigers, Madeline Rodriguez had four. Caroline Cummings led the Quakers with four, while Alex Condon and Natalie Stefan each had three.
Stefan would add three caused turnovers to lead the Quakers who had 10 in the game to seven for the Tigers.
The Quakers had 23 ground balls – led by a career-high six from Stefan. Condon, Barry, and Chelsea Kibler each had three.
The win propels Penn into a three-way tie for second place in the Ivy League with two games to play. The Quakers are tied with the Tigers and Harvard – Penn heads to Cambridge on Saturday to play the Crimson. All three teams are one game behind League-leading Cornell which is 5-0. While Penn is taking on the Crimson, Princeton heads to Ithaca on Saturday to tangle with the Big Red.
With its eighth consecutive trip to the Ivy League Tournament secure, Penn can set its sights on its final two games with a shot at its 10th Ivy League championship in the last 11 years alive.