PHILADELPHIA – No. 15 Penn needed a while to rev its engines against Columbia, but from the latter part of the first half on, Penn’s attack was firing on all cylinders as the Quakers dominated the Lions, 17-4, at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.
Penn (9-4, 5-1 Ivy) went on a 7-0 run over the final 5:54 of the first half and the opening 5:25 of the second half, breaking open a 3-2 game to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Senior Tory Bensen was top of the class during that stretch, scoring four of her career-high six goals in that run. She now has 28 goals, a new career high for a single season.
23 different players saw action for the Quakers in the game, and 10 different players registered at least one point. Joining Bensen as a focal point of the attack was Nina Corcoran who tallied three goals and two assists, reaching the five-point mark for the fourth times this season and the second time in two games. Three of her five-point games have come in Ivy League competition and 20 of her 34 points this season have come in League contests. Bensen has been just as dominant in Ivy games with 21 of her 36 points coming against Ancient Eight foes.
Brooke Kiley opened the scoring for Penn with her first career goal just 0:39 into the game. After winning the draw, Kiley earned a free position and sent in the eight-meter, one of five free position goals on six attempts for the Quakers. Columbia would win the ensuing draw and employ an attack centered around ball control, looking to limit Penn’s possessions. The ploy worked as Taylor Quinn tied the game at 5:19. Penn would answer with goals from Iris Williamson and Tory Bensen 1L20 apart to give the Quakers a 3-1 lead before Quinn connected for her second of the game at the 11:26 mark to make it a 3-2 game.
It took almost 13 minutes for another goal to register on the scoreboard, but once Bensen found the back of the net with 5:54 to play in the first half, the switch governing Penn’s offense was firmly in the “on” position and Penn rattled off three goals in 2:32 to take a 6-2 lead into halftime. Bensen had two of the goals, and Lely DeSimone added the third.
Out of the break, Penn’s offense picked up where it left off with four goals before the half was six minutes old. All of those goals came in a span of 2:40, starting with a Nine Corcoran free position 2:45 into the half. Bensen followed 32 seconds later and then goal-scoring duties flipped back to Corcoran who connected 34 seconds after. Bensen would finish the four-goal run 1:34 later and Penn would find itself ahead, 10-2, and would cruise from there.
Kendall D’Amore would add her first collegiate goal with 5:00 to play in the game, and senior Allie Martin would score her first goal since the fifth game of her career back on Mar. 16, 2011 to cap the scoring for the Quakers.
The Quakers, who have already clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament, can clinch the second seed with a win Saturday at Cornell. First draw is set for 1 p.m..