PHILADELPHIA--In the regular season finale for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team, the third-ranked Quakers will host No. 13 Stanford at Franklin Field at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Quakers, 13-1 overall, are coming off of their first loss of the season an 11-9 road defeat to No. 1 Northwestern last Saturday. However, Penn has not lost a regular season game at Franklin Field since March 29, 2006 against Johns Hopkins a span of 26 games.
Stanford is 13-4 overall this season and captured its fifth consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship on Sunday, beating visiting California 18-13 in the tournament final.
The Cardinal will be looking to strengthen its NCAA credentials against Penn and have four players with 30 or more goals this season. The team is led by Lauren Schmidt with 53 points off 32 goals and 21 assists. Sarah Flynn edged her in goals with 35 while Claire Hubbard has been a playmaker with 29 assists.
Stanford is the only other team than Northwestern to defeat Penn since 2006. Last season, the Cardinal won by two, 10-8, on its home turf in the early-season matchup, accounting for Penn’s only regular season loss last season.
Looking for revenge in the game, the Quakers are led by Ali DeLuca with 29 goals, Emma Spiro with 27 and Courtney Lubbe with 25.
The Penn defense will look to contain Stanford’s attack, as it has most teams this season. The Quakers’ still own the nation’s leading goals-against average at 5.25. Junior Emily Szelest has done slightly better with a 5.14 GAA. The Ivy League recognized her efforts against Northwestern with her first Defensive Player of the Week nod.
Spiro was also named the Offensive Player of the Week giving Penn its first sweep of the Ivy’s weekly honors. It was the fifth consecutive week with Quaker representation on the Ivy weekly honors.
The Quakers will also be honoring its six seniors in a pre-game ceremony.
Saturday’s matchup marks the final regular season game for both teams and leads into Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show. The selection show will be broadcast on CBS College Sports starting at 10 p.m.
Live stats and a complete recap of the game can be found at www.PennAthletics.com.