PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's lacrosse team improved to 2-1 in Ivy League play Saturday with a decisive 18-5 victory over Columbia at Franklin Field.
The Quakers (6-4, 2-1 Ivy) were led by Melissa Lehman, who reeled off four goals, and Rachel Manson, who had three goals and an assist. The Lions (4-5, 0-4 Ivy) committed 20 turnovers in the loss.
Penn dominated the game from the very start, scoring the first six goals beginning with Caroline Finger's tally just 16 seconds into the game. Ali Ryan made it 2-0, then Rachel Manson notched her hat trick over the next seven minutes, with a Becca Edwards goal thrown in the middle. Carrie Anderer stopped the Penn run with the Lions' first goal halfway through the period, but it was too late as the rout was on. Penn would score the next four goals and watch its lead balloon to 9-1 at halftime.
The second half was still all Penn offensively, as the subs got into the scoring mix. With the score at 12-3, the Quakers went on a 5-0 run midway through the half that ended with Andrea Duggan's first career goal with 7:30 left. A Columbia goal made it 17-4 before Samantha Bird closed the Quakers' scoring with her first goal at 1:57.
The Quakers' shooting efficiency was improved from recent games, as they scored 18 times on 39 shots.
"For us to win the next games, we have to get the ball in the net," said Head Coach Karin Brower. "We got everybody in the game. I love to have a game like that to get everybody in who puts in the hard work day in a day out."
Penn took 39 shots, getting 34 on goal, to Columbia's 12. The Quakers had a clear edge in draw controls, 17-7.
Karrie Moore (30:00, 3 S,1 GA) and Sarah Waxman (30:00, 4 GA, 1 S)each took a half in goal, with Moore earning the win. Marcela Calidonio took the loss for Columbia, allowing 15 and making 12 saves.
Penn continues its homestand when it hosts Penn State Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.