No. 12 Women's Lax Downed by No. 6 Northwestern

PHILADELPHIA – No. 12 Penn put together the defensive effort it was looking for against No. 6 Northwestern, holding the Wildcats to seven goals while forcing Northwestern (8-3) into 11 turnovers, but Penn’s offense couldn’t capitalize on its chances in a 7-2 loss at Franklin Field.

Sarah Barcia opened the scoring in the game, depositing a Nina Corcoran pass just 2:16 in to give the Quakers (6-3) a 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal the Red and Blue would score in the first half and the only marker Penn would connect on for the next 33:21 of game action as the Quakers went cold on attack before Lely DeSimone scored her 16th of the season with 23:23 left in the game.

While Penn’s attack had trouble solving Bridget Blanco – Northwestern’s keeper finished the game with eight saves – Penn’s Lucy Ferguson was doing her part to keep the Quakers in striking range of the Wildcats. Ferguson recorded nine saves in the game, making four in the first half and five in the second.

The Wildcats did not have a shot in the game until the 12:38 mark – but they made it count as Kaleigh Craig scored to tie the game at 1-1. After Northwestern tied the game, the Quakers had a chance to retake the lead with high quality chances from Iris Williamson – who hit the crossbar on a free position – and from Barcia – who was stopped on a free position seconds later. Following the Barcia miss, Kat DeRonda would score to give Northwestern a lead it would not relinquish, connecting unassisted with 8:53 to play in the first half.

Ferguson would make three saves following DeRonda’s goal, but her offense was unable to strike back. Craig would score on a free position with just over one minute to play in the half, sending Northwestern to halftime leading, 3-1.

DeRonda would factor into a pair of Wildcat goals to open the second half, extending Penn’s deficit to 5-1. DeRonda scored unassisted 1:06 into the second half and set up Alyssa Leonard for a goal just over a minute later. She almost added another goal off the ensuing draw control, but Ferguson stopped her point blank and picked up the ground ball.

The Quakers would get a goal back off DeSimone’s goal with 23:23 left to play. The sequence started with a caused turnover from Leah McBride in the defensive third as she stripped Craig of the ball headed to goal. Lydia Miller picked up the ground ball and sent the Quakers in transition. Eventually, the ball worked to Lindsey Smith who dodged from the top of the fan and spun away from a defender to send a pass to DeSimone who quickly sent a shot low past Bianco for Penn’s second goal of the game.

After another stop from Ferguson and a ground ball, Smith had a chance to add another goal for the Quakers, but Bianco denied her to stave off any momentum for Penn. Moments later, Christy Turner would score a man-up goal to extend Northwestern’s lead to 6-2. The Wildcats were able to maintain possession for the majority of the remaining time, capping its scoring with a goal from Kara Mupo with 6:13 to play.

The Quakers had just seven turnovers in the game, but were 2-for-12 shooting. Defensively, the Quakers caused seven of Northwestern’s 11 turnovers, led by Allie Martin who had two. Ferguson finished with three ground balls as did Meg Markham. The Wildcats had a 9-2 advantage on the draw, led by Leonard’s eight.

Penn, currently first place in the Ivy League, returns to Ancient Eight action April 12 at Dartmouth with a first draw scheduled for 1 p.m.

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