PHILADELPHIA--The No.2 Penn women's lacrosse team will face its first road test in the Ivy League with a quick day trip to Columbia. In the all-time series, Penn is a perfect 12-0 and is looking for lucky number 13. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. Columbia's Kraft Field in New York City.
The Lions hold a 5-2 record this season and have played just one Ivy game. Hosting Cornell, Columbia lost an 11-8 game with the Big Red. That was the first of a two-game slide they are looking to snap against the Quakers. Columbia lostat Lehigh in a midweek bout.
The Lions have been clicking on attack with more than 10 goals in five of their seven games and went on a binge for 16 in triple overtime at Marist earlier in March.
Keying that attack are Holly Gynn and Brittany Shannon who rank second and third in the Ivy League points. Also ranking third in the League? Penn's Courtney Lubbe with 25.
Columbia's defense has been porous with an average of just more than 10 goals allowed per game. Still, goalkeeper Emma Mintz has saved almost half the shots she's seen. Also making waves, freshman Amanda Goodhart has a team-high 12 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
Meanwhile, Penn has enjoyed its most successful start in program history with a perfect 7-0 slate to this point. In only one of those games did the Quakers every trail, and hold a 7.43 average margin of victory, ranking third in the country. The Quakers are also one of just three teams still undefeated this season.
Leading the Red and Blue are Lubbe, Ali DeLuca and Emma Spiro. Spiro has scored the game-winner in four contests giving her the most winners in the Ivy League.
On the other end, Emily Szelest and the defensive unit continue to dominate their opponents. Szelest has the nation's leading goals-against average with a measly 3.67. She is also sporting a .551 save percentage, good for third in the country.