PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 inside the Ivy League with a 10-5 win over Dartmouth at Franklin Field.
Lely DeSimone had three goals for the Quakers, while Tory Bensen and Lindsey Smith each added two.
Lucy Ferguson followed up a 15-save game at No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday with an eight-save performance against the Big Green, making seven of her saves in the second half as the Quakers turned a two-goal lead into a comfortable margin of victory. Of Dartmouth’s five goals, only one was scored in the run of play – the other four were on free position attempts.
The Quakers were up to their old tricks defensively, holding an opponent to under eight goals for the sixth time in eight games this season. The five goals allowed to the Big Green are the fewest since only giving up five in an 8-5 win in 2008.
Penn would never trail in the game, and had an answer for every Dartmouth rally. DeSimone started the scoring for the Quakers with an unassisted goal 6:10 into the game. Just over a minute later, Iris Williamson gave the Quakers a two-goal lead after a caused turnover from DeSimone.
The Big Green got on the board with a free position goal off the stick of Jaclyn Leto at the 11:53 mark, but Penn countered with DeSimone’s second goal of the game four minutes later to reclaim a two-goal lead. Lindsey Smith would give Penn a three-goal lead with 8:53 left in the first half when she took a Tory Bensen pass and found the back of the net.
Sarah Byrne closed the first half scoring with Dartmouth’s second free position of the game just over a minute following Smith’s goal. Ferguson denied the Big Green on its final shot of the half, stopping Danielle Lisovic with 1:12 remaining in the opening period.
Ferguson had three saves early in the second half, keeping Penn up by two before Catherine Dickinson scored on a free position for the Quakers with 24:29 left in the game.
Again it was Ferguson who kept the Big Green at bay following Dickinson’s goal, stopping Leto on a free position and Ingrid Hermanson from point-blank range. Eventually, Bensen scored her first of the game just past the midway point of the half via a free position attempt.
The Big Green’s best chance at a comeback came after the Bensen goal. Byrne scored on a free position 17 seconds after Bensen’s goal, and Leto added another free position goal less than a minute after Byrne’s goal to cut Penn’s lead back to two.
Taylor Foussadier would win the ensuing draw control, though, and send DeSimone down field for the hat trick less than a minute after the Big Green had closed within two. At the 50:00 mark, Bensen added her second of the game and Penn pulled away for good.
Penn is one of three teams without a loss inside Ivy League play, joining Cornell (3-0) and Princeton (2-0). Up next for the Quakers is a meeting with Towson on March 28 at 12 p.m. The Quakers are back in Ivy action at Columbia on April 1 at 5 p.m.