PHILADELPHIA - UC Davis jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead just 11 minutes into the game Sunday morning, giving Penn its early morning wake up call. After getting put in the early deficit, the Quakers settled down and controlled the defensive end of the field, while also creating more opportunities in the offensive zone. However, the early deficit would be too much to overcome as Penn fell 3-1 in the non-conference game. Helene Caniglia scored the third goal of her freshman season on an assist by Julie Tahan for Penn's goal, while Kieran Sweeney made a career-high 16 saves on 19 shots that she faced.
Despite the early morning start time and the adjustment to the east coast time zone, it was UC Davis that started out the game with the energy. Just over one minute into the game, Cloey LeMon received a perfectly placed pass from Marissa Hughes and beat the goalie with no defenders in her path to put the Aggies up 1-0.
Penn tried to answer back with two penalty corners of its own in the next two minutes of play, but were held to just a Tahan shot that went wide of the net in the fourth minute of play. UC Davis earned its first short corner of the day in the eighth minute, but the Aggies shot also went wide. Transitioning the ball back to its own offensive circle, Penn earned another pair of short corner tries, but to the same effect as the first attack, when Tahan's attempt on the second corner went wide.
UC Davis would quickly gather the possession and Marissa Hughes would find LeMon right in front of the goal for her second score of the day, giving the Aggies a 2-0 advantage. Immediately following the second goal, UC Davis attempted to extend its lead with another short corner, but a Penn block of the shot attempt kept the score where it was.
The Quakers countered with a third pair of penalty corners, but Tahan's third shot of the game off the original penalty corner was once again wide of the cage as she continued to get shooting chances off of the penalty corners. After retaking possession, UC Davis recorded four shots in a five minute span, but Sweeney was in position to make all three saves and watch the final attempt go wide.
In the 25th minute of play, Emily Corcoran got a chance from in close; however, her attempt was the fourth Penn shot of the half to go wide of net. The Aggies closed the half with three more shots, finishing with 11 for the first half, but Sweeney made two more saves and watched the final shot got wide to keep the score at 2-0 heading into the half.
In the first half, Penn held the 6-5 advantage in penalty corners, but were outshot 11-4, with no shots on goal. UC Davis got seven of its 11 shots in target in the first half.
The second half started with UC Davis still in control, taking two penalty corners in the opening minutes of the half, but the penalty corner defense of Penn held the opposition without a shot on both tries. Tahan recorded the first shot on goal for Penn in the 39th minute, but her attempt was saved.
After changing goalies, UC Davis got a shot off to no avail, but earned a short corner chance that would go wide of the net.
In the 44th minute of play, Penn looked to be getting on track offensively when Alex Iqbal took her first shot of the afternoon, which was blocked, but prompted a pair of Aggie substitutions. The Quakers would earn another penalty corner following Iqbal's blocked shot.
Caniglia inserted the ball for play and it worked its way around to Tahan who would put her pass right on the stick of Caniglia. The freshman would not miss from there, getting her third goal of the season and cutting the deficit in half, 2-1. Tahan was credited with her team-high third assist for the play.
With the game now being just a goal difference, UC Davis picked up the offense on its side of the field. The Aggies recorded a pair of shots in the 47th minute, and another shot in the 48th and 49th minute, following a penalty corner. Sweeney made the save on all four shots though. Her work was not done however, as two more saves in the 50th and 51st minute of play gave her six saves in the five minute span.
Penn would get its possession back following the consecutive shots and Tahan would get her shot on net, only to be saved by the new goalie, Lauren Sawvelle. The Quakers earned their second penalty corner following the try and Tahan would get another run at goal, but this attempt went wide. Two minutes later, Penn earned its third penalty corner in just three minutes, but could not get the shot away on this try.
UC Davis started another offensive surge in the 56th minute of play, earning three penalty corners and taking four shots during their offensive possession. After two shots that were saved, the Aggies were awarded the short corner, but Sweeney would make the save on the penalty corner shot as well. The Aggies earned two more penalty corners following the first short corner shot, but did not get another shot off during the next two attempts. However, the Aggies were awarded the penalty stroke on the final corner try.
With a great diving stop, Sweeney saved the penalty stroke, preserving the score at 2-1 for the time being. However, LeMon would get her hat trick for UC Davis shortly after with an assist from Kristen Lopez, her second assist of the game.
With just over 11 minutes to play and down 3-1 at the time of the third goal, Penn earned two more short corners in the 62nd minute of play. Held without a shot on the first, Kirstin Snyder could not get the redirection to go on goal on the second corner as her tip went just wide of the goal. This would be the last offensive threat that Penn would post in the game as it the final remained 3-1.
The Quakers and Aggies had equal attempts on the penalty corners with each side taking 13. However, UC Davis outshot Penn 24-11 on the morning. Five different players recorded shots for Penn in the game. Tahan had a team-high seven shots, while Iqbal, Corcoran, Caniglia, and Snyder all had one shot.
Penn will be back in action this Wednesday at Lehigh for another non-conference game. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. The Quakers will get back into Ivy League play next Friday when they travel to Columbia.
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