PHILADELPHIA--Three days after clinching a share of the Ivy League title, the No. 6 Penn women's lacrosse team hosts Brown for a game that could give the Quakers the outright title. If Penn is victorious, the team will be the Ivy League champion for the second straight season. The Red and Blue have already secured the league's prized automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
The Quakers and Bears meet at Franklin Field at 1 p.m.
Penn earned a decisive 9-5 win over the Tigers, Wednesday in Princeton, N.J., to knock off their then-undefeated rival and snag a share of the Ivy title in the process. All that stands between Penn and the trophy now are the Brown Bears. Sporting a 5-7 record and a fifth-place 2-3 Ivy record, the Bears are not a team to be overlooked.
Earlier in the season, Brown jolted Dartmouth winning, 8-5. In games with Harvard and Hofstra, the Bears were just one goal short. However, most recently, Brown is suffering a two-game losing streak during which Yale held the Bears to a season-low four goals.
Leading the Bears offense is Jesse Nunn with 22 goals. She is second in points (24) to Lauren Vitkus with 29 points. As a team, Brown averages 9.91 goals per game, but that will be tested when matched with Penn's nation-leading 6.33 goals-against average.
Penn's defense, led by Hilary Renna, Tarah Kirnan and goalkeeper Sarah Waxman have stymied the attack allowing just two teams to reach 10 goals. Waxman holds a 6.23 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage. Meanwhile, Renna was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week having held Dartmouth's often explosive Kristen Barry to just one goal. Kirnan has been equally stingy; she held Princeton's Christine Casaceli to just one goal Wednesday.
Brown's 10.09 teams goals-against average will fit well with Penn's 9.83 goals per game average. Leading the way in that column are Melissa Lehman and Rachel Manson with 22 goals each. Five Quakers have scored double digit goals and 15 have scored at least once. Sophomore Ali DeLuca, who has been key on draw controls with 29 to her credit, poured on a career-high five points against the Tigers.