PHILADELPHIA--The No. 5 Penn women’s lacrosse team set out on its first-ever West Coast trip Friday. The Quakers are set to play No. 20 Stanford (Sunday) and Cal-Berkeley (Tuesday). It has been almost 10 years since the Red and Blue met the Cardinal and the first ever meeting with the Golden Bears.
In addition to great competition, the Quakers will get to take in some local flavor of the San Francisco area including a trip to Alcatraz.
First up for Penn is No. 20 Stanford which is coming off two big wins last week. Senior Laura Shane came up big against No. 10 Notre Dame with an incredible 17 saves that helped her team secure a 13-9 win over the Irish. Shane sports a 9.43 goals-against average and a .569 save percentage through seven games this season.
The Cardinal followed that game with a 14-10 win over Boston College. Daphne Patterson scored three goals in that game and currently leads the team in points (20) and goals (14). Megan McClain and Dana Lindsay are not far behind with 13 goals each, but it is Claire Hubbard who is second in points with 16, 10 coming from assists.
Last week’s win against then-No. 6 North Carolina proved Penn had patience and focus. The Tar Heels entered the game scoring no less than 12 goals per game and were held to just seven. A typically fast-paced team, the Quakers were able to slow the tempo and dictate the style of play.
Waiting for the right shot, 14 of Penn’s 17 shots were on goal, and eight ended up hitting the net. That patience paid off especially well when the Red and Blue waited out the last four minutes of the game before executing their last minute play and scoring the game-winner.
Melissa Lehman scored that goal and two others in the game. She leads the team in goals (5) and co-leads in points (5). Becca Edwards, who also scored a hat trick against UNC, also has five points, but got there by adding two assists to her three goals.
In goal, Sarah Waxman has been a steady last line of defense with a 6.00 goals against average and a .455 save percentage. As a team, the defense has allowed the opposition just 15.5 shots per game with 11 making it through to Waxman.
The Golden Bears dropped Philadelphia foe Temple, 10-7 earlier this week in game one of the East-West Challenge in Pasadena, Calif. They will face Notre Dame Sunday before hosting Penn, Tuesday.