PHILADELPHIA--The No. 6 Penn women's lacrosse team secured sole possession of the 2008 Ivy League title with a decisive 12-5 win over Brown. Penn was awarded the Ivy League Trophy in a ceremony following the game.
The Quakers completed their second straight undefeated Ivy League season and outscored the League 73-37 in those seven games.
The first 15 minutes of the first half were exciting and hotly contested. Rachel Manson connected with Allison Ambrozy for the first goal just more than a minute into the game. The Bears were awarded a free position shot five minutes later and put one on the board.
Emma Spiro put one away for Penn at 17:59, but Brown’s Krystina DeLuca (sister of Penn’s Ali DeLuca) netted a free position goal 30 seconds later to knot the score again.
Not to be outdone, Ali DeLuca wowed the crowd with a goal despite an aggressive double-team effort from the Bears.
Before the half-way point of the first half, Kara Kelly tied the score again at three-all with a pass that dribbled into the goal.
Head Coach Karin Brower gathered her team for a timeout and last 15 minutes of the half saw the Quakers put some distance between themselves and Brown with five unanswered goals.
Manson, Ali DeLuca and Emma Spiro all notched their second goals during that stretch while Melissa Lehman and Kaitlyn Lombardo also netted goals. Spiro’s goal at 2:18 had started as a free position shot, but when Melissa King made the initial save Spiro grabbed it in the scramble and capitalized on the chaos.
Manson’s goal was thanks to a feed from Ali DeLuca with just 11 seconds to go before the break.
Brown returned determined after halftime and scored at 25:36 to get within four, but Giulia Giordano scored a minute later to re-extend Penn’s lead to five. She scored again at 18:43, but four minutes later Lauren Vitkus brought the tally to 10-5.
Brown’s leading scorer, Vitkus had been quiet to that point and only had three shots in the game.
Lombardo set up the final two Penn goals first to Bethany Warren at 12:32 and then a final exclamation point to Melissa Lehman with three seconds on the clock.
The Quakers not put a 10-game winning streak on the line against the undefeated and top-ranked Northwestern, April 27. Penn’s fairytale season of 2007 was blemished by just one teamNorthwestern, twice. The Quakers will seek payback from the Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Franklin Field.