ITHACA, N.Y.--The No. 8 Penn women's lacrosse team traded goals in a defensive battle against Cornell, but came away with a one-goal advantage and the win. The Quakers' goals came from seven different players, with Emma Spiro scoring the game-winner.
When two of the nation's top five defensive teams meet it is no surprise when the combined scored is just 13. In such a game it should also be no surprise that all 13 goals came from different scorers.
It took just more than eight minutes for either team to get on the board and it was Chelsea Kocis with her seventh goal of the season to get the goals started. Courtney Farrell answereda minute and a half later and Cornell scored two more before the midway point of the half to lead 3-1.
Melissa Lehman scored with 8:42 left in the half, but Jessica Wiegand matched her a minute later to take a 4-2 lead into the break.
Penn came back reenergized and tallied three goals in the first nine minutes to tie and take the lead. Cornell's Noelle Dowd tied the game at five-all with 14:27 to play.
The next seven minutes saw a flurry of shots from the Quakers who held control in their attacking zone, minus about 10 seconds during a failed Cornell clear.
Allison Ambrozy punctuated the attack with the go-aheadgoal with7:55 to go. Emma Spiro tallied her sixth season-goal just more than a minute later to extend the Red and Blue's lead.
Her goal would be the eventual game-winner as Cornell did not relent and scored with 4:02 on the clock. The Big Red's comeback was not to be as Penn's Hilary Renna won the draw. Lehman was inches away from her second goal, but hit the post with 36 seconds to go.
The Quakers will have it's longest break since traveling to California with a seven day stretch before hosting Columbia at Franklin Field, March 29 at 3 p.m.