PHILADELPHIA - TheNo. 6women's lacrosse team plays their final regular season home game of the year at Franklin Field when they host Brown, Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m.
The 11-3 Quakers are in search of their fourth consecutive outright Ivy title on Senior Day, while taking on a Brown squad which is 7-6 overall and 2-4 in the Ancient Eight. The Red and Blue's 6-0 mark in the league is tops among all Ivy teams, and a win over the Bears would clinch Penn's fourth straight undefeated Ivy season.
Seniors Ali DeLuca, Courtney Lubbe, Barb Seaman, Megan Smith, Emma Spiro, Jill Taylor, Emily Szelest and Kaileigh Wright have been a part of each of the three previous championship teams, racking up an impressive 27-0 record in their Ivy careers.
Sunday, the seniors will see a Brown team which is ranked third in the Ivy League, scoring 11.26 goals per game, just slightly behind the Quakers average of 11.29. Sophomore Kaela McGilloway leads the Bears in both goal and assists, with 32 goals and 14 assists, for 46 points. Junior Paris Waterman is second on the team in both marks, with 30 goals to six assists. Brown is solid on defense as well, ranking third in the league with an 8.82 goals against average. Its biggest weakness this season has been in the second half, where opponents have outscored the Bears 66-63. Conversely, Brown has outscored opponents by 36 this season in the first half. In goal, Isabel Harvey has been solid, giving up 8.82 goals per game and making 84 saves to go with her .438 save percentage.
The Quakers are coming off an impressive 12-5 victory at Princeton, which guaranteed them at least a share of the Ivy League title. Penn led just 6-4 after the first 30 minutes but outscored the Tigers 6-1 in the second half, including the five straight to end the game. DeLuca factored in on half of Penn's goals, tallying two scoresand assisting on four others. Sophomore Erin Brennan and Smith each added a hat trick as well.
DeLuca leads the team with 46 points (33G, 13A) and is one of four players who have over 30 points. Brennan has 23 goals and 16 assists for 39 points, while Gulia Giordano and Lubbe have 36 and 33 points respectively on the season. In goal, Szelest is third in the nation allowing just 6.93 goals per game.
Not only would a win over the Bears clinch the Ivy title outright, it would guarantee that Penn hosts the upcoming Ivy League Tournament, which decides the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.