PHILADELPHIA - It took over 85 minutes for either side to find the back of the net Wednesday night, but eventually Penn would convert its ninth penalty corner attempt of the game and turn it into a Helene Caniglia game-winner after she had originally inserted the ball on the play. Kieran Sweeney picked up her second shutout and victory of the season, making 12 saves and also using the help of Katherine Cook, who was making her first start of the season, and Caniglia on key defensive saves. With the win, head coach Colleen Fink moves to a perfect 3-0 in overtime games during her time at Penn. For the game, La Salle held the advantage in shots, 20-14, and penalty corners, 13-9, however, the Quakers would score first in the second overtime frame, securing their second win of the season.
Right out of the gate, Penn tried to get on the board early as the Quakers earned a penalty corner less than a minute and a half into the game. Julie Tahan's shot on that short corner would be saved though. La Salle quickly gained possession and got a shot of its own, but Cook was there to make the early defensive save. The Explorers would earn a short corner of their own, but could not get the shot away in their first attempt. After both sides got early looks at goal, La Salle took another shot in the eighth minute and Sweeney was again up to the challenge. In the 12th minute, La Salle would earn another penalty corner, but the Quakers' defense would block the shot off the insert.
Neither side could gain anymore true chances on goal until the 19th minute of play when Tahan would have another shot saved by the Explorers' goalie. La Salle had its third and fourth penalty corners shortly after, but would not get shots on either. In the 23rd minute of play, Alex Iqbal would be substituted back into the game and get her only shot of the night at goal, but the attempt went wide and the score remained. Emily Corcoran would also have a shot on goal two minutes later, but that would also be saved.
La Salle closed the half with two shots and a penalty corner opportunity in the final five minutes of the first, but the Quakers' defense would once again hold the visitors off the scoreboard as the teams headed into the break tied. In the second half, Penn once again earned the early penalty corner just a minute and a half into the second half of play, only to not be able to get the shot away. La Salle countered with a short corner of its own, only to have both of its shots saved by the Penn defense. Just over a minute later, the Explorers would have another shot on goal that was saved, but drew the penalty corner and got another shot off that was saved by Sweeney.
Three minutes later, another La Salle penalty corner ensued and the Explorers would get two more chances to put the first goal on the board, but Sweeney was once again up to the challenge as she would be all night long. Penn reversed the La Salle momentum in the 50th minute when it earned its own short corner; however, the Quakers once again could not get a shot away on the attempt. La Salle took possession and then got another shot on goal in the 51st minute that was blocked by the Quaker defense, which prompted a Penn timeout to regroup.
Coming out of the timeout, Penn would regroup and earn its own penalty corner four minutes later. This time Tahan got a shot off on the short corner, but her take went wide of the cage. From the 61st through the 66th minute, La Salle earned three more penalty corners, but only took one shot on those three takes with the stingy Penn defense.
Coming out of defensive zone after allowing three corners, Penn earned two of its own shortly thereafter. The Quakers were held without a shot on the first, but would have a great look on the second. Tahan took the original shot on the insert and her shot was saved. Amelia Cohen was there for the rebound, only to have her attempt to put Penn on top go wide. Shortly after, Kirstin Snyder got her first shot of the night off, but her attempt was also saved.
The Quakers would have one final attempt to win it in regulation as they earned a penalty corner with under a minute to play. Tahan would once again have a crack at putting Penn up with just seconds remaining in the second half, but her shot was blocked by the La Salle defense and the two squads went to the overtime after neither could find the net in the first 70 minutes.
With the overtime, both sides went down to a seven on seven game and Penn began to take advantage of the open playing field. Just thirty seconds into the extra time, Tahan would have yet another shot at goal, only to once again be denied. Two minutes into the first fifteen minute overtime, Corcoran would also have another shot on goal that was also saved. With the ball in the La Salle defense, the Quakers earned their first penalty corner of the extra time and Tahan would see another shot go wide of the goal.
Five minutes into the first overtime, La Salle would settle in and earn its first corner of the period. Sweeney would once again be called on and once again was up to the challenge, making another save for the Penn defense. Five minutes later, the Explorers earned another short corner and the Quakers' defense would block this attempt.
With less than three minutes to play in the first overtime, La Salle would get another shot, only to have it go wide of the goal. Corcoran would take the final shot of the first overtime, but her third attempt would also be saved as both squads headed to a second overtime.
After playing 85 scoreless minutes, the Penn attack finally broke through early in the second overtime. Earning a penalty corner just over two minutes into the second overtime, the team's ninth of the evening, Penn would make this one count. After Caniglia inserted the ball for play, great movement by the Penn attack found Snyder who would get the ball back to Caniglia and she put away the first and only goal of the game on her first shot on goal of the game. The goal was Caniglia's second of the season and Snyder picked up her second assist of the season for the overtime winner. The Explorers' loss was made even more painful by the fact that La Salle is now 2-3 in its last five games. All three of their losses have come in overtime during this five game stretch.
Sweeney was definitely a standout among the Penn defense as she made 12 saves on the night. Offensively, Tahan was banging on the door all night long as she recorded seven shots on the evening, which was a team-high. Corcoran finished the game with all three of her shots going on goal, while Snyder, Iqbal, Caniglia, and Cohen each had one shot on the evening.
With the confidence boosting victory, Penn will look to carry that momentum into Saturday's Ivy League game against Dartmouth. The game with the Big Green will get underway at noon at Franklin Field.
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