PRINCETON, N.J. The Penn women’s lacrosse team couldn’t hold a 6-5 halftime lead against No. 10 Princeton, and despite a late surge, lost 8-7 in a nailbiter Wednesday evening at the Class of 1952 Stadium.
Princeton (8-4, 5-0 Ivy) put itself in the driver’s seat for the Ancient Eight title, while Penn (8-6, 3-3 Ivy) is now mathematically out of the hunt.
Katie Lewis-Lamonica opened the scoring just two minutes in with a strike from the left side. Chrissy Muller, however, generated the equalizer two minutes later when she stripped Princeton goalie Colleen O’Boyle eight meters from the net, scooped up the loose ball, turned and fired into the empty net.
Becca Edwards gave Penn a 2-1 lead with 19:29 left in the first half when she converted Allison Ambrozy’s pass from point-blank range. Holly McGarvie tied it back up at two with a free-position goal at 17 minutes, but it only took Penn 10 seconds to retake the lead when Emily Cochran controlled the draw and raced downfield to score. Ali Ryan gave Penn a 4-2 lead with her free-position goal at 10:43. But McGarvie kept up the quick scoring with her second goal just 11 seconds later off the draw.
Ambrozy restored Penn’s two-goal lead at 9:15 when she scored off a restart following a Princeton foul. McGarvie then completed her hat trick less than a minute later with a tally at 8:24. Melissa Lehman notched Penn’s sixth goal at 6:44 off Muller’s assist to make it 6-4. Lewis-Lamonica pulled the Tigers back within one with a goal at 4:43 to end the half at 6-5.
Princeton came out of the break and immediately tied the game when Kathleen Miller converted a free position opportunity at 26:30. Lewis-Lamonica scored her third to give Princeton the lead with 24 minutes on a breakaway goal.
A 14-minute lull in scoring ensued despite a Princeton-dominated offensive show that was capped with Christine Casaceli’s goal to make it 8-6 with 10 minutes left. The Tigers took 19 shots in the second half before the Quakers took their first shot with 8:30 left in the half.
But the Quakers shook off the poor start and brought it back within a goal when Ambrozy notched her second with 5:20 left in the game. The Quakers put the ball into their offensive end with 2:30 left in the game, but Lehman’s shot with 50 seconds left hit the right post. After Princeton lost the ball on the clear and Ambrozy scooped up the ground ball, Edwards’ shot with nine seconds left was blocked and the game was over.
Karrie Moore went the distance in goal for Penn, making six saves while allowing eight goals. O’Boyle made seven saves in picking up the win for the Tigers. Princeton held a 28-18 advantage in shots.
Penn returns home to Franklin Field for Senior Day, taking on Brown Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.