ITHACA – Back where they belong!
For the ninth time in 10 years, the University of Pennsylvania is the Ivy League women’s lacrosse champion after the No. 14 Quakers defeated No. 18 Cornell, 10-6.
Alex Condon was the catalyst for Penn, scoring four times while dominating in the midfield with four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Quakers had to rally for their 11th overall ivy League title after Cornell took a 3-2 lead with 11:14 remaining in the first half. Penn would gather itself, Condon scoring with 8:32 left in the first period and Iris Williamson regaining the lead for the Quakers with 4:06 to play in the opening frame.
Out of the break, Condon connected once again to give Penn a 5-3 lead just 2:10 into the second half. Cornell would answer 1:07 later, closing within one – but Cornell would never be closer than one the rest of the way.
A Caroline Cummings goal with 20:46 to play gave Penn a 7-5 lead, and started a 4-1 Penn run to close the game. Nina Corcoran, had a goal in the run, as did Williamson and Condon to tack on some insurance.
Penn has earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament for the fifth time, and is the only Ivy program to qualify for all seven installments. The Quakers will host Harvard at 7 p.m. on May 6 in one semifinal, while Princeton will take on Cornell in the other which starts at 4 p.m. The two winners will meet on May 8 at 11 a.m. for the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
The Quakers finish the 2016 regular season with a 12-3 record, already tied for seventh-most wins in a season by a Penn squad. Penn concluded the regular season on a six-game winning streak, it’s longest since opening the 2015 season on a six-game run.
Alex Condon’s four goals continued her torrid scoring pace of late. She recorded her sixth consecutive hat trick, and has scored four times in three of her last six games. Her 33 goals this season are tied for 14th all-time at Penn.
Nina Corcoran was held in check most of the game, but scored one goal and added an assist to extend her Penn single-season record for helpers to 48 – which is also tied for second-most in a season by any Ivy Leaguer.
The game was statistically even in most categories, with shots (21), draw controls (9), and turnovers (11) the same on each side. Brooke Kiley added three draw controls and a caused turnover for Penn, while Katie Cromie had three ground balls. Megan Kelly had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Britt Brown made eight saves in goal, including five in the second half.