PHILADELPHIA – Six goals were too much to overcome for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team as the Quakers saw a furious comeback fall one goal short in an 11-10 loss to Cornell in the Ivy League Tournament championship game.
Penn found itself trailing, 10-4, with 21:19 to play and did everything it could to pull off the miracle. The Quakers scored six of the next seven goals but were denied the equalizer when a Nina Corcoran shot with 15 seconds left was stopped by Renee Poullott.
Corcoran had five points in the game – setting a new Ivy League record for assists in a single season on Penn’s fourth goal. She finished the game with three assists, giving her 52 for the season which eclipses the previous best of 50 set by Brown’s Lauren Becker in 1986.
The Red and Blue were unable to gain any traction in the first half as Cornell built an 8-3 lead at the break thanks to dominance on the draw. The Big Red won 10 draws in the first half to just one for Penn, using that possession advantage to build a 15-8 edge in shots. Maddie Kiep was a huge factor in the first half on draws, and she finished the game with nine.
Penn was able to find a way to win draws in the second half, winning eight to just three for the Big Red. Armed with possession, the Quakers began their comeback attempt.
Catherine Dickinson scored with 19:57 to play to jumpstart the rally, followed by Alex Condon with 16:43 remaining. Penn would then score three in a span of 2:53 to close within one at 10-9 – goals coming from Iris Williamson, Caroline Cummings, and Nina Corcoran.
The Big Red would net the eventual game-winner with 7:38 to play off the stick of Amie Dickson. Her cut timed up with an Emily Tripodi pass to give Cornell an 11-9 lead.
Alex Condon answered quickly for Penn, finishing a Dickinson pass with 6:00 to play. That would be the last goal of the game, however, as Penn was unable to force overtime.
The Quakers pressed on defense in the final three minutes, and found itself down a player after a yellow card was issued to Liz Gully with 2:15 to play. Penn still forced a Cornell turnover, though, and Brooke Kiley picked up the ground ball to get Penn up the field with 0:47 to play, Out of a timeout, the Quakers got the look they wanted – Corcoran on a 1v1. Her shot was saved by Poullott, though, and the ground ball was picked up by the Big Red to run out the clock.
The Quakers are now 13-4 and await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show tonight at 9 p.m.
Notes: Penn has now appeared in six Ivy League Tournament championship games and is 3-3 all-time in ILT finals … This was the first Ivy League Tournament where all three games were decided by two goals … Nina Corcoran has 75 points this season – two away from setting a new Penn single-season record … Her 121 career assists are four away from setting a new Ivy League career record … Alex Condon’s 37 goals are ninth-most in a single-season by a Quaker ... Nina Corcoran, Alex Condon, Caroline Cummings, and Catherine Dickinson were named All-Tournament.
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