HANOVER, N.H.--The Penn women's lacrosse team not only extended this season's win-streak to eight games, but finally halted Dartmouth's home-win streak in the series. The last time Penn left Hanover, N.H. victorious was 1988.
After allowing a free position goal in the first minute, the Quakers locked out Dartmouth's attack. Penn continued to spread its offense with five different players scoring the first half's five goals.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lombardo started the 6-0 scoring run for the Red and Blue with an unassisted goal at 22:44. Before the midway point of the half, Rachel Manson scored on a free position and Melissa Lehman added an unassisted goal.
In five minutes leading up to the break, Emma Spiro and Allison Ambrozy both notched goals to take the 5-1 lead into halftime.
In the second, newcomer Giulia Giordano scored at 24:10, however Dartmouth had recharged during the break and scored on a free position at 19:03 to break the Big Green scoring drought. Lombardo added her second of the day, assisted by Manson at 16:43.
The defense held Dartmouth for the next 10 minutes, until Kristen Barry scored at 6:46. Guarded by All-American Hilary Renna, Barry took just four shots in the game and scored once. She entered the game averaging 2.4 goals per game and put down five in one game earlier in the season.
Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman also kept the Big Green off the board with five saves in the game.
Though Dartmouth made a bid at a comeback, bringing the score to 7-5, the Quakers' Manson scored from Giordano with 2:56 left, won the subsequent draw and ran out the clock for the team's fifth Ivy win of the season.
That goal put Manson among an elite group of just four other Quakers to reach the 100-goal mark. The senior accomplished the feat in her 60th game and is the first player since Brenda Shaw in 1992. Penn's record for career goals is 129, held by Sherry Marcantonio.
The Quakers (10-1, 5-0 Ivy) will face the undefeated Princeton Tigers, who used a big second half to breeze by Harvard after holding just a one-goal lead at the half. Traveling to Princeton on Wednesday, April 16, the Red and Blue are scheduled to take the first draw at 7 p.m.