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PHILADELPHIA - The path to "Lucky No. 7" for Penn women's lacrosse will again be a challenging schedule, as the six-time defending Ivy League champions - who ended 2012 ranked No. 16 in the country - will take on three of the top-five seeds from the 2012 NCAA Tournament in non-conference play in the 2013 season.
"We are very excited for this upcoming season, we have put together another challenging schedule," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "The Ivy League should once again be one of the toughest leagues in the country, and in addition we will again test ourselves with our usual non-conference schedule with Northwestern, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Drexel. We are also excited to see some new teams with the addition of Vanderbilt and Lehigh to the schedule."
Penn's 14 contests are split evenly between home and away, with five of the first seven games of the season coming at Franklin Field. 2013 begins as the past six seasons have - with a game against neighboring Drexel on February 23. The following weekend, Penn hosts North Carolina, a team which ended 2012 ranked No. 5 in the country.
A busy March continues with two road games - the first a non-conference trip to Rutgers on March 6. Three days later, Penn opens Ivy League play in Cambridge against Harvard. The Quakers and Crimson met twice last season, Penn winning both games - the first an overtime thriller at Franklin Field and the second a win in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals in May.
The Red and Blue will play three games in nine days - all at home - as part of Penn's longest homestand of 2013. The stretch starts with an Ivy game against Yale on March 16 and ends with another Ancient Eight contest against Cornell on March 24. In between, Penn will make a little history, hosting Vanderbilt for the first time on March 21.
The next three for the Quakers are on the road, starting with 2012 NCAA semifinalist Maryland in College Park on March 30. April commences with Penn's first meeting with Lehigh since 1994 on April 3, followed by an Ivy road trip to Columbia on April 6.
The last two home games for the Quakers feature key Ivy League contests. On April 12, Penn will host Dartmouth - the defending Ivy League Tournament champions. The Big Green ended 2012 ranked No. 12 in the country after defeating Penn in the Ivy League Tournament final. History will again be made when Penn and Dartmouth play, the game will be Penn's first-ever regular season contest held at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park. The meeting with the Big Green will also be Senior Day for the Quakers. The 43rd installment of Penn-Princeton takes place on April 17..
Ancient Eight play finishes in Rhode Island on April 20 as the Quakers head to Brown. The 2013 regular season concludes for Penn at defending national champion Northwestern on April 27.
The Ivy League Tournament will take place at the home of the regular season champion on May 3 & 5. All three previous Ivy League Tournaments have been hosted by Penn as part of its run of six consecutive conference championships - the longest running streak in the nation.
An expanded NCAA Tournament with a field of 24 begins May 10-12 and runs through the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. May 24 & 26. The Quakers have participated in the last six NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Final Four in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Final Four appearance in 2007 came the last time the national semifinals were held in the Philadelphia area - at Penn's Franklin Field.
2013 Penn Women's Lacrosse Schedule
Feb. 23 DREXEL 1 p.m.
March 2 NORTH CAROLINA 1 p.m.
March 6 at Rutgers 3 p.m.
March 9 at Harvard* 12 p.m.
March 16 YALE* 12 p.m.
March 21 VANDERBILT 2:30 p.m.
March 24 CORNELL* 1 p.m.
March 30 at Maryland 1 p.m.
April 3 at Lehigh 7 p.m.
April 6 at Columbia* 1 p.m.
April 12 DARTMOUTH*^ 5 p.m.
April 17 PRINCETON* 7 p.m.
April 20 at Brown 12 p.m.
April 27 at Northwestern 1 p.m.
May 3 Ivy League Tournament Semifinals TBA
May 5 Ivy League Tournament Final TBA
May 10-12 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds TBA
May 18-19 NCAA Quarterfinals TBA
May 24 NCAA Semifinals (at Villanova Stadium) TBA
May 26 NCAA Final (At Villanova Stadium) TBA
All home games in BOLD CAPS and played at Franklin Field
^ Game played at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park
* Ivy League Game
All Dates and Times Subject to Change