Kocis' Winner Beats Yale, 9-8, in Two Overtimes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore Chelsea Kocis picked quite a moment to net her first career goal for the No. 17 Penn women's lacrosse team. With their game at Yale tied at eight, Kocis fired a Chrissy Muller feed in for the gamewinning goal with seven seconds remaining in the second overtime to give Penn a 9-8 win in Ivy League action.

Penn (5-2, 1-0 Ivy League) gave up four unanswered goals - three of them by the Bulldogs' (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League) Lauren Taylor.

Muller had a very productive day on the attack, scoring three goals on three shots and handing out two assists, including the gamewinner.

The Quakers raced out to a 5-1 lead late in the first half. Muller scored Penn's first two, followed up by strikes from Melissa Lehman, Emily Cochran, and Ali Ryan. Yale's Lara Melniker brought one back but Rachel Manson closed out the half with a free position goal to make it 6-2.

But just as the first half was a streak of Red and Blue scoring, the second half would belong to the Elis. Yale reversed the scoreline, touching Penn for six goals versus the Quakers' two in the half, including a four-goal stretch that started and ended with Taylor goals.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Quaker defense stepped up in the second extra period to hold Yale without a shot before Kocis hit her gamewinning goal with seven seconds remaining in the game.

Sarah Waxman (40:52, 2 GA, 5 saves)and Karrie Moore (25:08, 6 GA, 3 saves)again split the time in goal, with Waxman getting the win. Ellen Cameron, despite holding Penn scoreless over the final 18 minutes of the game, took the loss.

The Quakers continue their League slate next Saturday with a 3 p.m. game at Cornell.