PRINCETON – Records – and streaks – were broken as No. 17 Penn moved into a first place tie in the Ivy League with a 12-7 win over No. 11 Princeton.
With the win, Penn improves to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. Princeton falls to 9-4, and 4-1 in the Ivy League.
Penn now controls its own fate for claiming an Ivy League championship and hosting the Ivy League Tournament. If the Quakers win at Yale and Cornell the next two Saturdays, the Ivy crown and the right to host the annual postseason tournament for the Ancient Eight’s automatic bid to NCAAs returns to Philadelphia.
Senior Nina Corcoran broke two Penn program records in the game with her five assists. First, she established a new Penn record for career assists when she assisted Catherine Dickinson’s goal with 22:25 to play in the game. On the Red and Blue’s next goal, Corcoran picked up her 41st assist of the season to break her own single-season school record which she set in 2015. Corcoran would go on to tack on one more assist on Penn’s final goal of the game to give her 111 so far for her career – breaking Sherry Marcantonio’s record which was set in 1983.
Nina Notes…Corcoran now has 181 career points, ranking No. 4 all-time at Penn
Her 62 points this season are a career-high and fifth-most in a single-season by a Quaker
Her 42 assists this season are No. 3 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer
Her 111 assists for her career are No. 4 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer
Corcoran finished with seven points in the game as Penn ended a two-game losing streak to the Tigers and halted Princeton’s Ivy League winning streak at 17 games dating back to their first Ivy game of 2014. The Quakers never trailed in the game, and Princeton was never within fewer than two once the game was 1:22 old.
The Quakers scored twice in the first 1:22 of the game, Corcoran connecting for the first one just 44 seconds into the game before Alex Condon struck on a free position 38 seconds later. The lead would eventually become 4-0 for the Quakers 5:39 into the game as Corcoran would connect again and then dish an assist to Caroline Cummings to force a Princeton timeout.
Princeton would find a semblance of momentum out of the timeout, scoring twice in a span of 1:58 to get to 5-2. Neither team would score for the next 12:41 of gameplay before the Tigers would tally another to close within two, 5-3.
That would be as in danger Penn would be all night.
Lely DeSimone scored with 2:50 to play – ending a Penn scoring drought of 18:51 without a goal. Catherine Dickinson would follow 1:42 later to send Penn into the break with a 7-3 lead.
Out of halftime, the Tigers scored first but Penn slammed the door with four of the next five goals to build an 11-5 lead with 9:44 to play. Four different players had goals for Penn during that stretch – Iris Williamson, Caroline Cummings, Catherine Dickinson and Alex Condon.
Condon would add the game’s final goal, sealing the win with 0:32 to play. That goal was her third of the game – her fourth consecutive game with three or more goals and sixth this season.
Penn had a balanced attack to take down the Tigers. In addition to Condon’s three goals, Corcoran, Cummings, Dickinson and Williamson each had two.
Condon would add two caused turnovers and a ground ball, while Caroline Cummings and Emilia Lopez-Ona each had three draw controls. The Quakers had 16 ground balls to 13 for Princeton, led by Megan Kelly who had three. 11 of the 15 players who took the field for the Quakers had at least one ground ball in the win.
Britt Brown made six saves in goal, three in each half. Two of her stops were on free position attempts for the Tigers.
The Quakers are back in action on April 23 at Yale. First draw with the Bulldogs is set for 3 p.m.