PHILADELPHIA--The No. 8 Penn women's lacrosse team kicks off a four-game stretch of Ivy games that will determine the Leadue's champion in just a short two-week span. The Quakers start by hosting Harvard at home at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Crimson enter the game after producing just 12 goals in the last two games combined. Both were losses but were Harvard's first since dropping to New Hampshire in mid-March. Despite the low output in its most recent games, Harvard is averaging 12.78 goals per game, but also allowing 11.50. Alternately, Penn is averaging a lower 9.67 goals per game, but has squelched opposing attacks with a measley 6.22 goals-against average.
Kaitlin Martin leads the Crimson's attack with 2.89 goals per game--second best in the Ivy League. Seven others have scored double-digit goals though just one other has scored at all. Penn boasts 15 goal-scorers, though only three have reached double-digits.
While Penn has been able to out-draw its opponents 89-71, thanks in large part to sophomore Ali DeLuca's 25 wins, Harvard has a defecit in that category, 166-177.
Defensively, Penn's Tarah Kirnan has caused 16 turnovers and averages 1.88 a game to lead the Ivy League. Behind her is Sarah Waxman with an impressive 6.07 GAA. She holds a .490 save percentage and ranks second in the Ivies.
For Harvard, Kathryn Tylander and Katherine Martino have split time in goal with Tylander starting seven of the 10 games this season. She sports a slightly better goals-against average at 11.18 while Martino comes in a 12.03. Sam McMahon has caused the most turnovers with nine, while Lauren Bobzin leads the team with 18 groundballs.