NEW HAVEN - No. 9 Penn again limited Yale to minimal offense in women's lacrosse action on Saturday, but made things easy on themselves with continued offense en route to a 12-6 win.
Last year, Penn needed its defense to carry the Quakers to a 7-2 win at Franklin Field, but Shannon Mangini was a difference maker on offense for the Quakers this time around with a career high four goals and five points.
Mangini entered the game with four career goals, and matched that number as she exploded for a hat trick in the first half, helping Penn to a 5-2 lead at the break. After Meredith Cain opened the scoring 8:01 into the game, Mangini scored Penn's next two goals to push Penn to a 3-1 lead. Goals were at a premium early in the half, as Mangini's second goal came with 8:10 to play in the opening period and broke a 7:39 stretch of play without a goal for the Quakers.
Play opened up a bit for the Quakers after that, with Erin Brennan scoring her 10th of the season with 6:32 left in the first half and Mangini finishing the hat trick with a free position at the 26:32 mark. Reilly Foote scored a free position for Yale with 2:19 left in the half to close the Bulldogs within three at halftime.
Yale hung around at the start of the second half, with two of the first three goals to climb within two at 6-4 with 22:31 to play. After that, Penn rattled off four goals in a row to clamp down on any Yale comeback thoughts.
Courtney Tomchik scored less than a minute after Yale got within two, finishing a Meredith Cain pass with 21:48 to play. Yale won the next draw, but Emily Leitner caused a turnover with aggressive play near the goal to stop a Yale possession. Penn's clear was denied, but Leitner again came up big with a save on Reilly Foote. Maddie Poplawski gathered the loose ball and went up field, scoring an unassisted goal to make the score 8-4.
Kylie Gauthier added to the lead 1:04 later when she scored her second of the season off an assist from Shannon Mangini. The next goal needed almost seven minutes to occur, but after Allie Martin picked up a ground ball put on the floor by a Yale turnover, Caroline Bunting netted her 11th of the season with 10:38 left to give Penn a six goal lead and put the game out of reach.
Mangini's four goals and five total points were both career highs, and she added two ground balls. Poplawski finished with a pair of goals in the game, and continued to control the draws with five wins to lead all players. Cain, who struggled last week rebounded with two goals and an assist with all-around success in the midfield to the tune of three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Defenders Lydia Miller (two ground balls, two draw controls), Allie Martin (two ground balls), Taylor Foussadier (three draw controls) and Meg Markham (one draw control and one ground ball) were extremely instrumental to Yale scoring just six goals, as was goalkeeper Emily Leitner who finished with five saves.
Penn improves to 4-1 this season, and is now 2-0 inside the Ivy League. The Quakers are one of two Ancient Eight teams at 2-0 inside the League, joined by Cornell. The next Ivy game for the Quakers will break that deadlock as the Red and Blue head to Ithaca on March 24. In between, Penn hosts No. 18 Georgetown on March 21 at Franklin Field (7 p.m.) Yale falls to 2-3 overall and 0-2 inside the Ivy League.