PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's lacrosse team outscored No. 20 Temple 7-1 in the second half to win the cross-city rivalry game, 14-6, Wednesday night at Franklin Field.
The Quakers (2-0) led the Owls (0-3) 7-5 at the half, but dominated the second half offensively, ripping off 17 shots to Temple's five in the period. The Owls, ranked 20th in the latest IWLCA coaches' poll, could not get by a tough Quaker defense that caused 17 turnovers and scooped up 12 ground balls.
The Quakers never trailed, scoring quickly in the first half as Ali Ryan and Melissa Lehman netted goals less than a minute apart in the early going. Temple kept the game close -Casey Cech made it a 2-1 game, but Penn scored the next two thanks to Allison Ambrozy and Chrissy Muller before the Owls scored two more. The Quakers eventually led 7-3 before Temple pulled it back within two at the half.
However, the second half was all Red and Blue. Rachel Manson scored one of her three goalsa minute into the half on a fantastic one-time scoop shot off a free ball in front of net to make it 8-5, and Ali Ryan tacked on her second of the game five minutes into the half. Temple's Nicole Cataldoscoredher team'ssixth and final goal five minutes later, but the Quakers reeled off six unanswered tallies in the final 20 minutes. Rachel Manson put the exclamation point on the game with 14 seconds left ona breakway goalthanks toa Melissa Lehman pass.
"We feel great that it's a game against a tough opponent and we controlled it," said Head Coach Karin Brower. "Our attack capitalized when they could. The thing I was happiest with was the midfield defense and how many caused turnovers we had."
The Quaker defense disrupted four of Temple's 10 clears, while Penn was 11-of-12 in that category. Despite the scoreline, Temple was solid on draws, controlling 12 of 22.
Karrie Moore and Sarah Waxman each took a half in goal for Penn, with Moore earning the win. Each made two saves. Caitlin Gregory made eight stops in the loss.
Penn hits the road for the first time this weekend, heading to Ohio State for a 1 p.m. start Saturday.