TOWSON, Md. - For the second time this season, the No. 18 Penn women's lacrosse team has upset a higher-ranked team. This time, it wasNo. 16 Towson that fell to the Quakers, 10-6, Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The Quakers (4-1) never trailed against the Tigers (3-1) after Ali Ryan, Melissa Lehman, and Allison Ambrozy scored to open up a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. The Quakers rode solid defense the rest of the way.
"I'm very happy with how our defense played today,":said Head Coach Karin Brower. "We limited their chances with the ball, and we gave our attack a lot of opportunities."
Towson committed 26 turnovers, 18 of them caused by Quakers. Penn scooped up 15 ground balls to Towson's 11.
After Penn's opening scoring blitz, Towson's Becky Trumbo made it a 3-1 game with her goal seven minutes into the half. Penn Tarah Kirnan answered just 14 seconds later on a pass from Ambrozy, and Chrissy Muller made it a 5-1 game when she netted an unassisted tally with 21:21 showing on the clock.
Things slowed down from there, with Towson scoring one more before the break to make it a 5-2 Penn advantage at the half.
The beginning of the secod half was all Penn - and in particular, all Rachel Manson. The sophomore tallied a hat trick in under eight minutes, scoring her first on a free position with 26:12 showing on the clock before ripping off two unassisted goals - one the eventual gamewinner - at 20:51 and 19:14, making it an 8-3 lead.
Towson's Shannon Witzel would score a hat trick of her own in the remainder of the half, but Ryan and Emily Cochran each scored to temper the comeback effort.
Sarah Waxman and Karrie Moore each took a half in goal, withWaxman picking up the win. Moore stopped seven while Waxman made five saves. Mandy Corry took the loss for Towson while making 11 saves. Penn outshot Towson by a wide margin, 35-25.
The Quakers continue their four-game road swing Wednesday when they visit Delaware for a 7 p.m. game.