PROVIDENCE Penn entered Saturday’s contest against Brown needing a win to ensure that it would play for a share of the Ivy League title next Friday against Princeton. Following a close first half that saw each team score a goal, Penn’s seniors made sure their last home game would take on extra meaning. Nicole Black scored twice to open the second half and Jamie Calahan added the final goal for Penn as the Quakers improved to 8-8 on the season and 4-2 in Ivy play with a 4-1 win over the Bears in Providence. Margaretha Ehret assisted on all three second half goals, equaling the single-game high in helpers for Penn.
Rachel Eng notched the first goal of the game with eight minutes remaining in the first half. She gathered a loose ball after a corner and was able to find the back of the cage for the third time this season.
Brown tied the game three minutes later when Andrea Posa scored her fourth goal of the season off a penalty corner.
The Quakers came out with increased intensity in the second half, looking to spoil Brown’s upset bid. Black scored her first goal of the game when she tipped in a pass from Ehret just past Brown goalkeeper Kristen Hodavance. Eight minutes later, Black added insurance when she again was the recipient of a beautiful pass from Ehret. This time, Ehret’s pass across the circle found Black alone at the left post and all Black had to do was get her stick on the ball to up Penn’s lead to 3-1.
Calahan scored her fifth goal of the season with 19:22 remaining to give the Red and Blue more breathing room. Ehret created space in the circle and then fed Calahan alone in front for the goal.
Ehret’s three assists in one game ties the mark held by three other Quakers. Diana Angstadt had three helpers against Cornell in 1978. Nancy Lock had three twice; against Glassboro in 1979 and again in 1980 against Lafayette. Sara Shelley added her name to the list against Columbia in 2003.
Penn now turns its attention to league-leading Princeton. The Tigers have won seven games in a row and enter the game November 2 looking to clinch an outright Ivy League title. A Penn win over Princeton ensures that at least two teams will tie for the league title with Columbia, Cornell and Harvard all having the possibility of grabbing a share of the conference crown as well.
The game will feature Senior Night ceremonies honoring the eight seniors who look to end their Penn careers they way they started; as champions.