Defending Champs Northwestern Await Women's Lacrosse

EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 15 Penn women's lacrosse team, off to a 3-0 start, will face its toughest test of the young season as it travels to face two-time defending national champion and second-ranked Northwestern Friday at 4 p.m. EST.

The Quakers (3-0) are coming off three offensive showcases that saw them beat Drexel, Temple and Towson by a combined 42-16. Freshman attacker Ali DeLuca has been the sparkplug, scoring 10 goals in those three games, includingfive last Saturday againstTowson.Fellow attacker Rachel Manson, meanwhile, has nine goals, including her own five-goal performance at Temple.

Penn achieved its highest team ranking in program history when it was voted 15th in this week's IWLCA coaches' poll. The Quakers are also 15th in the Inside Lacrosse weekly media poll.

Some outstanding defense has coupled with the offense, as junior goalie Rachel Waxman, the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, has allowed just 4.87 goals per game while making 23 saves.

And the Wildcats? They're taking on their fourth ranked opponent in as many games and are led by defending national player of the year Kristen Kjellman. Kjellman most recently notched six goals and two assists in Northwestern's 18-10 win over No. 5 Notre Dame last week. At 2-1 overall, the Wildcats' lone loss came in their season openerto then-No. 3 North Carolina, 9-8, in double overtime.