PRINCETON – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team came up short in its bid for a third consecutive Ivy League Tournament championship, falling to Princeton, 14-11.
The Quakers led for just 4:22 in the game, never able to fully mount a rally as the Tigers had an answer for every Penn charge.
The Quakers were under the gun early, as Princeton scored 0:39 into the game on an Amanda Leavell goal off the opening draw.
Penn would answer quickly, Tory Bensen stepping into a Nina Corcoran pass 4:37 into the game for her first of the game, Penn taking advantage of a Meg Markham caused turnover and ground ball.
The Tigers retook the lead off an Erin Slifer free position at the 5:50 mark, but an Iris Williamson free position at 9:12 knotted the game at 2-2.
Princeton again found the lead via a Camille Sullivan goal with 19:11 left in the first half, Princeton working transition after DeGarmo denied DeSimone.
The Red and Blue wasted no time answering, Nina Corcoran taking a Catherine Dickinson pass and scoring just 14 seconds after Sullivan had connected for the Tigers. Moments later, DeSimone found the back of the net, taking a Corcoran pass to give Penn its first lead of the game with 17:37 to play in the opening period. Corcoran showed why she is among Penn’s all-time leaders in assists, threading a pass between two defenders to a cutting DeSimone for the score.
The Tigers would tally the final three goals of the opening half, Slifer with a sidewinder then Doherty on a free position and Sullivan capping the run with a goal at the 26:20 mark.
In the second half, Penn could never mount the comeback needed to creep back into the contest. Lindsey Smith scored 1:57 into the second period to bring Penn within one, but McMunn answered for the Tigers 47 seconds later to regain a two goal lead for the hosts. Just over a minute later, Olivia Hompe scored her first of the game and the Tigers were ahead by three.
Tory Bensen scored with 25:27 to play in the game, again bringing the Quakers within two, but Penn could never get any close. A Nina Corcoran goal with 18:34 to play made it 9-7, Princeton, but three consecutive goals from the Tigers made it 12-7 and too much for Penn to overcome.
Tory Bensen led Penn’s attack with four goals and six assists for six points – a new Ivy League Tournament record for points in a game. She now has 51 goals this season, second-most by a Penn player in a single season. Her 57 points during the 2015 campaign are fifth-most in a single season by a Quaker.
Nina Corcoran had two goals and three assists in the game. Her three helpers give her 32 assists this season, second-most in a year by a Quaker. Corcoran’s 61 assists for her career are tied for fifth-most. Her five points in the game give her 53 this season, the ninth-most in a single year by a Penn player.
Brooke Kiley had four draw controls for the Quakers, while Meg Markham had three draw controls to go with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Tory Bensen, Nina Corcoran, Lindsey Smith and Iris Williamson were named All-Tournament by the media at the conclusion of the tournament.
The Quakers await their NCAA Tournament fate, which will be announced tonight via the NCAA Selection Show which airs at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
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