PHILADELPHIA--Philadelphia has been an unwelcoming place for the Boston University Terriers the last two years; and the Penn women's lacrosse team is to blame. The Quakers have ended BU's season the last two years by knocking the Terriers out of the NCAA tournament. In 2007 it was a first round game at Franklin Field. In 2008, Penn used Drexel's Vidas Field to halt BU in the quarterfinals. Wednesday's match-up will be the teams' first regular season meeting. Game time is 3 p.m.
Penn will put its three-game streak on the line while BU will try to bump up from its 2-2 record. Most recently, the Terriers lost a high-flying shootout with Vanderbilt, 19-18. By comparision, Penn has allowed a total of eight goalsover three games.
The Quaker defense is boosted by the stellar play of junior goalkeeper Emily Szelest who has maintained the tradition of superior goalkeeping at Penn. She has made 15 saves and produced a stingy 2.67 goals-against average in her first three starts.
On offense, Penn has found connections with Becca Edwards and Courtney Lubbe hooking up for five goals and freshman Erin Brennan and junior Emma Spiro finding two goals together. Spiro has also produced four unassisted goals of her own and three of Ali DeLuca's five goals this season have been of her own making.
BU has enjoyed prolific scoring from Sarah Dalton with 17 goals in four games. Traci Landy has added 11 goals while Xan Weitzel and Erica Baumgartner had helped with double-digit assists.
On the other end of the field however, the Terriers have allowed double-digit goals from three of their four opponents this season. Consequently, goalie Rachel Klein holds a 13.09 goals-against average. However, the junior keeper has saved 31 shots, just one less than Penn's Szelest has faced all season.