PHILADELPHIA -Sophoore Megan Kelly waited a long time to make her career debut for the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team and she made her first career game a memorable one as she recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls to help No. 14 Penn defeated previously unbeaten Delaware, 9-7, over the weekend.
For her efforts, Kelly was named the first Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week of 2015.
Kelly and the Quakers halted the offensive fireworks Delaware had set off in its previous two games, holding a team which had scored a combined 39 goals through two contests to just seven.
Kelly, who missed all of 2014 with injury, was instrumental in deciding a close game, causing a Delaware turnover and picking up the ground ball with under seven minutes to go and Penn ahead by only a goal. The Quakers would sled down the field in transition, ultimately finding an insurance goal to seal the win.
Tory Bensen, who tied her career high with six goals in the win, was selecetd to the Weekly Honor Roll.
Penn is up to No, 12 this week in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Up next for Penn is the home opener on March 1 against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m.