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PHILADELPHIA – In case you haven’t noticed, Iris Williamson is making quite a name for herself in the world of women’s lacrosse. The freshman scored four goals for the third game in a row – her final two coming in overtime – as the Quakers defeated Vanderbilt, 14-13, on a snowy day at Franklin Field.
Williamson is now up to 17 goals to begin her collegiate career, none more important than the pair she netted in the final 46 seconds of the extra period.
After the first three minutes of overtime were scoreless, Vanderbilt took a 13-12 lead on a goal from Olivia Goodman with 2:42 left in the extra period. The next draw was important, and Meg Markham ensured the Quakers would have a chance to tie the game with her fifth draw control of the game. Just under one minute later, Williamson would go one-on-one and finish to knot proceedings at 13-13 with 1:46 to play.
One minute later, Williamson would score the eventual game-winner, again working on a 1v1 play to secure Penn’s third consecutive victory.
The game was only in overtime thanks to some heroics from Tory Bensen late in regulation. After Vanderbilt rattled off six consecutive goals in the second half to turn what was an 11-6 Penn lead into a 12-11 Commodore advantage with 3:35 to play, Bensen connected on her third goal of the game with 0:25 left in regulation. Bensen was in perfect position to pick up a ground ball after a Caroline Bunting shot hit the post and deposit the rebound into an open cage.
The Quakers led, 7-3, after the first half, the beneficiaries of a 7-1 run to close the half. Bensen had two goals in the half, joined by Maddie Poplawski, Meredith Cain, Caroline Bunting, Nina Corcoran and Williamson who each scored once.
Cain would score 33 seconds into the second half to increase Penn’s lead to five, a lead the Quakers would reach again via Williamson’s second of the game with 21:38 left to make it 9-4 and Courtney Tomchik’s second of the game with 19:10 left to make the score 11-6.
Tomchik scored twice in a span of 52 seconds in the second half, her first two goals of the season. She also added two assists, tying Williamson for the high point total of the day with four.
Cain led all players with six draw controls, joined by Markham’s five draws to give Penn a 17-14 edge on the circle in the game. Both Cain and Markham each added two caused turnovers, part of a six caused turnover day for the Quakers. Lucy Ferguson made 11 saves, her second double-digit save day of the season.
The Red and Blue are back to .500, sitting at 3-3 heading into their third Ivy League game of the season. The matchup is a big one as the Quakers host the other Ivy team at 2-0 in the League, Cornell, Sunday at Franklin Field. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.