PHILADELPHIA--The No. 9 Penn women's lacrosse team hosts the Columbia Lions in game two of a men's and women's double-header at Franklin Field, Saturday. The women are scheduled to take the first draw at 3 p.m.
After a defensive battle and win over Cornell six days ago, the Quakers turn their attention to the sometimes explosive Lions. Columbia has scored as many as 21 goals and broken double digits in four games. However, against Cornell, they were held to a measly two goals and most recently, the Lions scored just five in a losing effort at Dartmouth.
Winless in two Ivy League games, the Lions hold a 3-4 record and have the stats to prove it. Though they are averaging 11.42 goals per game, they are also allowing the same.
Leading the Lions is Holly Gynn with 24 goals, followed by Brittany Shannon with 18 and Marisa Marcellino with 15. All three, along with Megan Donovan have been key on the draw control, winning upwards of 10 apiece.
Defensively, Krista Giannattasio has been a pest causing nine turnovers for her opponents while Emma Mintz guards the goal with an 11.53 goals-against average and .389 save percentage.
The Quakers (6-1, 2-0 Ivy)have held a more deliberate pace this season, averaging just less than 10 goals per game, but allowing a stifiling 6.57 to the opposition.
The defense is anchored by goalkeeper Sarah Waxman who boasts and even lower GAA at 6.23. She has a tough defense in front of her including Hilary Renna and Tarah Kirnan. Kirnan has forced 14 turnovers and picked up eight groundballs. Meanwhile, the defense has kept teams' attack frustrated.
On the other end, Penn's attack has been balanced with seven players scoring in the most recent outing. Melissa Lehman and Rachel Manson lead the group with 13 goals each though Lehman has added two more assists than Manson to take the points lead with 19. Chelsea Kocis and Ali DeLuca have also broken double digits in points this season. Part of Penn's strong attack is thanks to DeLuca's dominance on the draw. She has won 21 this season and as a team the Quakers outdo their opponents 69-55.
Penn is undefeated against the Lions in 11 meetings since 1997. Last season, the Quakers cruised to a 14-6 win in New York.