PHILADELPHIA – A dominant first half propelled the University of Pennsylvania to its third consecutive win, 12-6, over Saint Joseph’s in a battle between to Philadelphia rivals.
Nina Corcoran factored in on seven of Penn’s 12 goals, scoring twice and adding five assists. Iris Williamson and Alex Condon were also key cogs in the scoring attack, notching hat tricks.
Penn scored the game’s first eight goals, leading 8-0 by the time the game was 15 minutes old. When the clock ran out on the first half, the Red and Blue’s lead was 10-2.
Williamson was the hot hand early, scoring twice in the first minute to give the Quakers a lead they would never be in danger of relinquishing.
Brooke Kiley was a factor on the draw for Penn, winning six to help the Quakers to a 13-6 edge on the draw circle which helped stave off any hope of a Saint Joseph’s upset.
When the Hawks would have the ball in the first half, the defense caused turnovers. The Quakers had 10 total caused turnovers in the game – led by two each from Liz Gully, Catherine Dickinson, and Condon. Gully and Dickinson each added three ground balls, joined by Britt Brown for the team lead in the game.
Penn was 3-for-4 on its shots to open the game, putting the Hawks behind by three just 3:21 into the game. That story would play out through the first half as Penn held a 19-6 edge in shots after 30:00.
Notes: Nina Corcoran now has 143 career points, tied for eighth-most all-time by a Quaker … Her 84 assists are third-most all-time by a Quaker … Iris Williamson now has scored 79 career goals, tied for 14th all-time by a Quaker.
The Quakers are on the road on Saturday, taking on Georgetown in the nation’s capital at 3 p.m.