HANOVER – A frantic comeback fell one goal short as the No. 16 University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team suffered a 10-9 defeat at Dartmouth.
The Quakers fell to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth is now 5-3 and 1-1 in the Ivy League.
The Ivy League’s two leading scorers did not disappoint. Nina Corcoran led all players with seven points, scoring three times and dishing four assists. Dartmouth’s Jaclyn Leto had six goals in the game, scoring three times on free position attempts.
The Red and Blue led, 6-4, at halftime, but had no answers for the Big Green in the opening portion of the second half as Dartmouth scored six unanswered goals to take a 10-6 lead with 14:02 to play.
Penn netted the next three goals to climb back within one at 10-9 with 4:31 to play. Lauren D’Amore had the first of the rally, scoring with 9:51 to play. Corcoran connected for her hat trick with 6:35 to play, firing home a free position. Lely DeSimone had the third consecutive Penn goal, picking up a loose ball right in front of the net and scoring with 4:31 remaining in regulation.
Emily Rogers-Healion caused a Dartmouth turnover with 3:53 remaining, giving Penn a chance to find the equalizer. However, an Alex Condon shot with 2:35 to play was wide. The Quakers would then turn the ball over with 1:00 left in regulation, but quickly pounced to cause a turnover of their own before the Big Green could clear.
Off the forced turnover, Brook Kiley was fouled and drew a yellow card. The angle on the eight meter attempt was no good, so Penn pulled back to try and capitalize on the extra-man situation in the final 0:48. Dartmouth defended well, though, and a final shot never came.
Rogers-Healion finished with two goals. Britt Brown had nine saves in goal, Courtney Rushford made one save after coming in with 6:35 to go and Penn looking to pressure Dartmouth. Megan Kelly had three ground balls defensively for the Red and Blue.
Notes:With her assist, Iris Williamson became the 23rd player in Penn program history to reach 100 career points ... Nina Corcoran's seven points move her into sixth place all-time on Penn's career scoring list with 159 points.
The Quakers are back in action on April 3, hosting Northwestern at Franklin Field. First draw with the Wildcats is set for noon.