Evanston, Ill. - The No. 20 University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team fell to No. 3 Northwestern, 13-6, on Saturday at the Thomas Athletic Complex. Freshman Rachel Manson scored four goals in the loss for the Quakers.
Northwestern opened the game with a goal by Christy Finch just 11 seconds after the start of play. The Wildcats (6-0) scored one more goal before Emily Cochran got the Quakers (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) on the board on a free-position shot at 7:26 on the clock. Cochran scored again on an assist by Chrissy Muller at 12:01 before Northwestern scored three unanswered goals over the next ten minutes. Manson collected her first point of the game on a goal at the 23:31 mark to the end of the Wildcats scoring run. She was assisted by Muller.
Northwestern then collected two more goals before Manson, on a pass from Cochran, connected on her second goal of the half. The Wildcats took an 8-4 lead into the half.
The second stanza marked two goals by Manson. Her first score of the second half came just 2:12 in on an assist by Ali Ryan. There were no scoring changes in the next ten minutes before Northwestern collected two quick goals at 12:31 and 13:13 to pull ahead, 10-5. Manson and Ryan teamed up again to score at the 16:01 mark. It was the final point earned by the Quakers on the day. Northwestern tallied three more goals in the remaining minutes to close out the game with the 13-6 victory.
In the net, Liz Lorelli had10 saves for the Red and Blue. Ashley Gersuk collected seven saves for the Wildcats.
The Quakers are next in action on Wednesday, March 16 when they travel to Temple for a 4 p.m. start.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant