Philadelphia, Pa. -- The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team, ranked 14th in the nation, defeated No. 20 Delaware, 12-11, on Franklin Field on Tuesday. Katie Spofford and Rachel Manson each had three goals in the win and Sofford also tallied one assist in the game.
Delaware (3-2)took control early in the game, scoring on a free position shot with 27:48 remaining and another goal at the 24:17 mark to take the quick 2-0 lead. Penn answered on a goal by Allie Juras off a pass from Emily Cochran at 23:48. The score held at 2-1 in favor of the Blue Hens for ten minutes before they scored again at the 13:37 point. The Quakers tied the game at three with Manson and Spoffords first goals of the game. Manson scored on a pass from Sofford with 12:52 remaining and Spofford tallied her second point of the game at 12:11. She was assisted by Allison Ambrozy. Delaware then scored two unassisted goals to retake the lead.
With 10:02 remaining in the half, Chrissy Muller scored to bring the score to 5-4. Delaware responded with a goal at 7:53 before Manson and Cochran each scored on free position shots to tie the game at six all with 4:33 left. The Blue Hens scored two more goals before halftime and Ambrozy closed out the Quakers scoring in the half on a free position shot with 1:23 left to bring the score to 8-7 in favor of the Blue Hens.
Delaware scored just 46 seconds into play in the second half to bring its lead to two. Penn battled back with a free position goal by Cochran at 26:05 before Delaware scored again at 22:34. The Quakers scored the next two goals, one by Muller on a pass from Juras at 18:28 and the other by Spofford from Cochran at 15:47 to bring the score to 10 all. The Blue Hens scored once more on a free position shot at 11:54 to take the lead again. Spofford completed her hat trick to tie the game with 10:45 remaining. Both teams were scoreless, however, until Manson scored her final goal of the game with just 35 seconds remaining in play to give the Quakers the victory. She was assisted on the goal by Ali Ryan.
In goal, Liz Lorelli had nine saves, including seven in the second half, for the Quakers. Patrice Hughes had eight saves between the pipes for the Blue Hens.
The Quakers are next in action on Friday, March 25 when they host Cornell on Franklin Field. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant
Prd Time Team Type Goal Scorer Assists
1. 1st 27:48 DEL EVEN Rausa, Becky Free position shot
2. 1st 24:17 DEL EVEN Edell, Erin Libertini, Laura
3. 1st 23:48 PENN EVEN JURAS, Allie COCHRAN, Emily
4. 1st 13:37 DEL EVEN Muth, Katie Free position shot
5. 1st 12:52 PENN EVEN MANSON, Rachel SPOFFORD, Katie
6. 1st 12:11 PENN EVEN SPOFFORD, Katie AMBROZY, Allison
7. 1st 11:31 DEL EVEN McCrudden, Casey Unassisted
8. 1st 10:25 DEL EVEN Libertini, Laura Unassisted
9. 1st 10:02 PENN EVEN MULLER, Chrissy Unassisted
10. 1st 7:53 DEL EVEN Edell, Erin Miller, Laura
11. 1st 6:35 PENN EVEN MANSON, Rachel Free position shot
12. 1st 4:33 PENN EVEN COCHRAN, Emily Free position shot
13. 1st 4:04 DEL EVEN McCrudden, Casey Unassisted
14. 1st 2:45 DEL EVEN Miller, Laura Libertini, Laura
15. 1st 1:23 PENN EVEN AMBROZY, Allison Free position shot
16. 2nd 29:14 DEL EVEN Libertini, Laura Unassisted
17. 2nd 26:05 PENN EVEN COCHRAN, Emily Free position shot
18. 2nd 22:34 DEL EVEN Rausa, Becky Unassisted
19. 2nd 18:28 PENN EVEN MULLER, Chrissy JURAS, Allie
20. 2nd 15:47 PENN EVEN SPOFFORD, Katie COCHRAN, Emily
21. 2nd 11:54 DEL EVEN Muth, Katie Free position shot
22. 2nd 10:45 PENN EVEN SPOFFORD, Katie Unassisted
23. 2nd 0:35 PENN EVEN MANSON, Rachel RYAN, Ali