EVANSTON, Ill. – The University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University engaged in another spectacular women’s lacrosse game, but the Quakers came up one goal short in a 9-8 overtime loss at Lakeside Field.
Kaleigh Craig had the winner for the Wildcats, scoring with 13 seconds remaining in overtime. The Quakers had a chance to still find an equalizer off a Natalie Stefan draw control, but time ran out before the Red and Blue could mount a shot.
The Quakers had their chances in overtime, Nina Corcoran hit a post in the opening three-minute period and Penn won all three draw controls taken in the extra session. However, a late Quaker turnover sent the Wildcats back down field with 1:15 to play and Craig found space for her second goal of the game.
The Quakers put together a patient and effective rally in the second half, negating a three-goal halftime deficit by scoring the game’s final two goals of regulation in the final 10 minutes. Tory Bensen had both goals to bring the Quakers level, netting the game-tying goal with 1:36 to play.
Penn used its stellar defense to earn the chance to tie, Megan Kelly causing a turnover right in front of the Wildcat bench and Meg Markham sending the Quakers down field with the ensuing ground ball.
The Red and Blue had a chance to win at the end of regulation after another Markham caused turnover, but a last-second Bensen shot sailed high.
The Quakers fell behind early, conceding the game’s first four goals as Penn struggled to maintain possession of the ball and the Wildcats took advantage.
Lindsey Smith finally got Penn on the board with a goal 17:08 into the game. She found space inside Northwestern’s defensive press and deposited an Emily Rogers-Healion pass. After the Wildcats countered with a Selena Lasota goal 38 seconds later, the Red and Blue found their second goal of the contest off an Iris Williamson goal with 10:50 to play in the first period.
Tory Bensen added Penn’s third goal of the game with 0:08 to play in the first half, faking one way behind goal and dodging back the other to open space and her first of the game.
Meg Markham led Penn’s defense, causing five turnovers and adding five draw controls and three ground balls. She was a big factor in Northwestern sniper Selena Lasota being limited to two goals after averaging four goals-per-game over her first 10 games as a collegian. Megan Kelly also was a force in disrupting the Wildcats on attack, causing three turnovers and picking up three ground balls.
Lucy Ferguson finished with six saves, including one in overtime. Bridget Bianco had nine saves for the Wildcats.
In addition to Markham’s five draw controls, Natalie Stefan and Brooke Kiley each finished with three as Penn owned a 13-8 edge on the draw, winning 13 of the game’s final 17.
The Quakers are back to Ivy League play on April 11, taking on Harvard in Cambridge at 3 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3.