NEW YORK, N.Y. – It doesn’t get much more low scoring than the first half between No. 11 Penn and Columbia – the Quakers held a 1-0 lead at intermission – but the Red and Blue rallied with a dominant second half on the scoreboard en route to a 10-1 win at Kraft Field.
Tory Bensen and Nina Corcoran had hat tricks for the Quakers, while Lely DeSimone and Iris Williamson each had two goals as Penn improved to 19-0 all-time against Columbia.
The one goal allowed by the Quakers is tied for the second-fewest allowed by the Quakers against an Ivy League team in program history and the fewest since Penn conceded just one to Brown in April of 1981.
The Quakers connected on two goals in the first 1:13 of the second half, with Lely DeSimone dodging by a defender and then Iris Williamson circling from behind the cage. Those two goals turned a 1-0 Penn halftime lead into a 3-0 advantage and the Quakers never looked back.
DeSimone added a second goal for Penn, giving the Quakers a 4-0 lead before the Lions netted their first goal of the game with 18:41 remaining in the contest. That Lion goal ended a streak of 45:45 of scoreless defense by the Quakers dating back to the end of the Towson game.
The Red and Blue bounced right back with the next six goals, building a 10-1 lead. Corcoran had two of those goals, completing her hat trick. Bensen scored the game’s final three goals for a natural hat trick – her seventh of the season.
The first half was low on scoring, just one goal put on the board. It was Penn that notched the first tally, Nina Corcoran scoring on a free position 14:45 into the game. She took advantage of one of seven first-half turnovers by the Lions after goalkeeper Kelsey Gedin threw away a clear 25 yards from her cage. The Lions scrambled to deny Corcoran on the first look, but she drew a free position with no true defenders covering and found the back of the net.
That was the only mistake Gedin made in the first half as she finished with six opening period saves. Lucy Ferguson was up to the task in the first period for the Quakers, making four saves.
Ferguson finished the game with six saves. Meg Markham had two draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Catherine Dickinson had three caused draw controls and three ground balls. Katie Cromie added three ground balls as Penn’s defense finished with 23 ground balls in the game.
The Quakers return to action on Sunday, visiting No. 6 Northwestern at 1 p.m. EST.