PHILADELPHIA - No. 7 Penn erased a halftime deficit to lead, 7-5, in the second half, but No. 9 Dartmouth scored the final four goals of the game to score a 9-7 win in a clash of teams which entered the weekend undefeated in Ivy League play.
Maddie Poplawski had three goals to lead the Quakers, including two in the second half as Penn scored three times in the first 5:15 of the second half to build a 7-5 lead. The Red and Blue held that lead for the next 11 minutes before Hana Bowers scored with 13:31 to play to tie the game, 7-7.
The Big Green took the lead for good with 8:21 to play on a Sarah Plumb goal, adding insurance on a Liz Calby goal with 1:51 to play and Penn leaving the goal open to try and force a turnover. The Quakers won the ensuing draw to have a chance to get back in the game, but two Erin Brennan shots couldn't connect - one going wide and the second snuffed out from point-blank range by Kristen Giovanniello.
The Quakers twice had two-goal leads, erasing deficits both times to gain control of the game. After allowing two goals in the first 4:43, Penn scored four in a row to take a 4-2 lead. Poplawski netted her first of the game at the 11:47 mark on a free position, followed 15 seconds later by a strike from Lindsey O'Loughlin. The Red and Blue again went quick-strike with their offense to take the lead, Shannon Mangini scoring on a pass from Brennan with 13:25 left in the first half and Courtney Tomchik following 31 seconds later.
Dartmouth scored three times before the end of the first half, all three of the goals coming over a span of 2:28 starting with a Lindsey Allard goal with 6:10 left in the opening half. Plumb added the first of her three goals with 5:22 to play and Kristen Goldberg finished the first-half scoring with a free position goal.
Poplawski scored two free positions of her own to start the second half, the first 2:19 into the second period and the second 2:21 later. Meredith Cain finished Penn's scoring with her 20th goal of the season with 24:45 remaining, sending home a Caroline Bunting pass.
For the game, Poplawski added three draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover to her hat trick. Meredith Cain had a team-high five draw controls, while Emily Leitner added three ground balls to her five saves.
The Quakers are now 6-5 overall in 2011, and drop to 4-1 inside the Ivy League. The Big Green improve to 9-2 and are 5-0 inside the Ancient Eight.
Penn finishes its 2012 home schedule on April 21 when Brown comes to Franklin Field at 1 p.m.