PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team started its season off with a bang, defeating Monmouth, 14-3, Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
The Quakers (1-0) got three goals apiece from Allison Ambrozy and Melissa Lehman, while Monmouth (0-1) got a pair of goals from Carolyn Raveia.
"Ambrozy played well," said Head Coach Karin Brower. "We went for a long time without a goal, and she spurred us on."
The Red and Blue dominated the game overall, outshooting the Hawks 31-16 and getting 26 of those shots on net. Ali Ryan, Becca Edwards, and Rachel Manson each added a pair of goals, with Emily Cochran and Hannah Rudloff contributing a goal apiece.
Ryan put the Quakers on the board a minute and a half into the game off a free-position shot and Penn didn't look back, firing off eight unanswered goals before Monmouth's Raveia scored with 7:34 remaining in the half. She tacked on her second four minutes later, but Lehman scored her second with 20 seconds left to lift Penn to a 9-2 halftime advantage. Scoring on the break was a large factor in Penn's first-half success.
"We were successful more often than not on the fast break," Brower said. "We also caused some good turnovers, and definitely caused some pressure on them."
Karrie Moore and Sarah Waxman each played a half in goal between the pipes with Moore earning the win. She made four saves, while Waxman stopped six. Counterpart Monica Johnson made 12 saves for Monmouth.
Penn returns to Franklin Field on Wednesday, facing Temple at 7 p.m.