PHILADELPHIA – On a day where the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team was honoring its past, the current group of Quakers put on a show as 12th-ranked Penn defeated No. 16 Duke, 16-6, on Alumni Day.
Three players had at least four goals for the Quakers, led by Emily Rogers-Healion who had a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists. She was joined by Caroline Cummings, who tied her career high with five goals, and Natalie Stefan who set a new career high with four.
Alex Condon scored Penn’s other three goals, adding two assists as well.
The Quakers were behind early, trailing 4-2 after a Grace Fallon goal 12:18 into the game. However, after Fallon’s goal the Quakers shut the door for almost a full half’s worth of lacrosse as the Blue Devils were held without a goal for the next 29:09 of play.
By the time the Blue Devils got back on the board, Penn had scored eight consecutive goals and taken firm control of the game. Cummings scored three in a row at the start of the second half, turning a 7-4 lead into a comfortable 10-4 cushion.
After Duke got within five with 18:33 to play, Penn scored the next five goals to pull way by ten and cruise the rest of the way.
Penn’s 16 goals are the most scored by a Quakers team in the all-time series against the Blue Devils, and give the Quakers their first win in the series since a 13-10 win in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The Red and Blue have been clicking on all cylinders offensively of late, scoring 47 goals over their last three games while limiting opponents to just 21.
When Duke was able to get to goal, Britt Brown was there to deny them. Brown finished with 11 saves and three ground balls, making seven stops in the first half as the Quakers turned the early deficit into a comfortable lead. Katy Junior again was disruptive on defense, causing three turnovers.
In addition to her five goals, Cummings added five draw controls.
Natalie Stefan’s four goals all came on the free position as Penn was 5-for-5 from the arc. Two of Stefan’s goals were on the man-up, the most by a Quaker in a single game since 2011.
How it Happened…
• Emily Rogers-Healion opened the scoring 2:13 into the game, moving to her left and firing home her eighth of the season.
• Duke scored twice in 2:30 to take a 2-1 lead, including a goal from Hayley Shaffer 5:59 into the game to give the Blue Devils the lead. Britt Brown saved Shaffer’s initial shot on a free position, but Shaffer scooped up the rebound and scored.
• After Duke had built a 3-1 lead 10:00 in, the teams traded goals quickly as Penn cut the deficit to 4-3 with 15:01 to play in the first half.
• Natalie Stefan scored a free position on the man-up 12:07 into the half for Penn’s second goal, but Grace Fallon answered 11 seconds later right off the draw and Duke regained a two-goal lead.
• The Blue Devils were looking for more, but Britt Brown denied Oliva Jenner and sent the Quakers back in transition. Caroline Cummings would net a free position just before the midway point to bring the Quakers back within one.
• Penn would tie the game at 4-4 with 13:57 to play in the first half on an Alex Condon goal. She took a Rogers-Healion pass and finished for her 20th goal of the season.
• Rogers-Healion would continue her hot start to the game with her second goal. The Quakers won the ensuing draw after Condon’s score, and Rogers-Healion made it two goals in 0:17 and gave Penn a 5-4 lead.
• Neither team would score for the next 12:00 of play until Condon netted her second of the afternoon with 1:39 to play in the first half.
• Rogers-Healion completed her hat trick 0:47 into the second half, taking a Condon pass and giving Penn a 7- 4 lead.
• Cummings scored her second of the game 3:16 into the second half, assisted by Rogers-Healion to give Penn an 8-4 lead.
• The two would connect again 0:30 later to give Penn a 9-4 lead. Rogers-Healion earned a free position from the right hash, and made a smart pass to Cummings who swung in front and quickly scored five-hole.
• Cummings made it three in a row and a 10-4 Quakers lead with a nice dodge at the crease. She made the goalie move first, took another cradle then fired home her fourth of the game of a Condon pass with 22:52 remaining.
• Duke finally got back on the board with 18:33 remaining in the second half off a Catherine Cordrey free position.
• Penn would answer that goal with three in a row. Rogers-Healion netted her fourth of the game with 14:38 to play, and then Cummings and Natalie Stefan scored 0:43 apart to give Penn a 13-5 lead.
• Condon and Gabby Rosenzweig ran a nice play to give Penn a 14-5 lead with 9:15 to play. Rosenzweig worked her defender from behind the cage, and a well-time cut from Condon had her open in front for a quick-stick goal.
• Stefan scored her second free position of the game with 8:14 left to give the Quakers a 10-goal lead.
• Kyra Harney got one back for the Blue Devils on the free position with 6:06 to play.
• Stefan would answer with another free position goal, drawing a foul while Penn was on the man-up with 4:14 to play.
The Quakers are back in action for another Top-20 game, heading to No. 1 Maryland on March 22. First draw with the Terrapins is set for 7 p.m.