PHILADELPHIA --The first Ivy League game of 2016 for the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team was a defensive affair, and the No. 16 Quakers (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) proved up to the task in an 8-3 win over Brown (2-2, 0-1).
Brown took only 12 shots in the game, and landed just three in the back of the net asBritt Brownmade six saves.Katie Cromiewas a factor for the defense, causing one turnover and adding three ground balls.
Penn was efficient on offense, scoring eight goals on 20 shots. Three Quakers --Nina Corcoran,Catherine Dickinson, andEmily Rogers-Healion-- connected twice for goals, joined byIris WilliamsonandSarah Barciaon the scoring sheet.
The Quakers extended their winning streak over Brown to 10 games with the win.
Brown had a style it wanted to play in the game, and it appeared to be working early on. The first possession of the game for Brown lasted nearly six minutes and resulted in a Jillian Lee goal with 22:43 to play in the first half.
The Quakers elected to be a bit more fast-paced after conceding the opening score. Brooke Kiley won the draw – her first of two in the game – and eventually Nina Corcoran scored to level the game at 1-1 9:35 in.
Corcoran’s goal started a six-score run for the Quakers as Penn built a commanding 6-1 lead. The run was long – it lasted 25:40 of game play between the two halves. By the time Brown got back on the board, it had been 32:53 of game action since their first goal.
Penn ventures down the road a bit for its next game, heading to Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday at 1 p.m.