NEW HAVEN - No. 5 Penn found itself trailing to Yale at halftime in Ivy League women's lacrosse, but the Quakers turned to their veteran leaders in the second half to stage a comeback, winning their second Ivy game of the season, 7-5.
In the game's final 30 minutes, Penn received five goals from upperclassmen, including two each from Ali DeLuca and Giulia Giordano and another from Bridget Waclawik (her second of the game) to overcome a 2-1 deficit at the break.
Penn scored the first three goals of the second half, needing just 6:48 to take a 4-2 lead. DeLuca struck first in the second half, just ten seconds in on a free position shot after she came in alone following the opening draw control.
At 35:23, Erin Brennan followed with another free position goal to give Penn its first lead of the day. 1:25 later, DeLuca took a Brennan pass for her second of the game - and 19th of the season.
The Bulldogs would not go away, scoring 42:29 to climb back within one. Kaitlyn Flatley scored for Yale on a free position, her third goal of the game and second free position score.
Giordano answered for the Quakers at 43:32, converting after DeLuca picked up a ground ball following a Yale turnover.
The two-goal lead did not last long as Yale scored twice in 3:04 to tie the game at 5-5 with 9:30 to play. Caroline Crow scored first, unassisted, before Jessica Sturgill took a Jenna Block feed and found the back of the cage.
For the next few possessions, both teams committed turnovers while Giordano came close to breaking the tie at 53:32, but her shot hit the post. On Yale's next possession, Ariana Papier ran into Penn's defensive stalwart, Barb Seaman. The senior caused Papier to turn the ball over and then picked up the ground ball. That play led to a free position attempt for Emma Spiro which was saved. Spiro didn't give up, corralling the ground ball and keeping possession in Penn's favor. She fed the ball to Giordano who then found an open Waclawik who beat Whitney Quackenbush for her second goal of the game with 4:50 remaining.
DeLuca came up with the ensuing draw control, her second of the game, and Penn kept possession for the next 1:47 until Giordano scored an unassisted goal to give Penn a two-goal cushion.
Yale called a timeout to settle down and won the draw control. Block had an attempt on goal with 2:07 remaining, but Emily Szelest made the save - her fourth and final of the game. Yale had one more chance in the final minute after causing a Penn turnover, but the Quakers swarmed on defense to prevent the Bulldogs from even clearing their end. Brennan knocked the ball away from Logan Greer and picked up the ground ball to end any Yale threat.
The Quakers improve to 6-1 this season and are now 2-0 in the Ivy League. Yale drops to 3-4 and 1-1 in the Ivy League.