Video~Women's Lacrosse All-Access: Karin Brower, Head Coach
Video~Women's Lacrosse All-Access: Melissa Lehman, Senior Midfield
PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women's lacrosse team drove by Colgate, 16-7, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With the win, the Quakers advance to the quarterfinals and will host Boston University on Saturday, May 17. The game will be played at Drexel's Vidas Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
The Red and Blue set the tone early with Rachel Manson's 109th career goal just 30 seconds into the game. Giulia Giordano and Melissa Lehman both scored in the next three minutes tofive the Quakersa three-goal lead. Colgate's Maddie Kearns scored seconds later that sparked a series of traded goals over the next six minutes.
Penn regained control and scored the next four goals. Manson completed her hat trick in that span while Giordano, Ali DeLuca and Lehman put in their second goals. Colgate scored again to bring the score to 9-4, butAllison Ambrozy scored Penn's 10th goal with 1:20 left in the half togivethe Quakersa six-goal lead heading into the break.
After halftime, Penn continued to stretch its lead as Lehman and DeLuca finished their hat tricks. Emma Spiro and Barb Seaman scored their first goals of the game and would each score again before the end of the game.
Colgate did not back down, even when faced with a 10-goal deficit and running clock. The Raiders scored three goals, including the last goal of the game at 1:03.
The defense continued to be a force for Penn. Tarah Kirnan grabbed six ground balls and caused three turnovers. Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman made six saves for the Quakers, her counterpart Sara Drexler made seven saves.
Penn's 16 goals were the most for the Quakers this season while they kept their streak of holding teams to 10 goals or less.