PHILADELPHIA--The No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse team is 60 minutes away from owning the sole bragging rights to the Ivy League title. Standing in the Quakers' path are the Brown Bears looking to snap a two game losing streak. Traveling to Providence, R.I., the Red and Blue will begin that 60 minutes at 1 p.m.
The Bears have struggled at 6-6 this season and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Brown was dominated by Dartmouth, 16-1, but ended with a similar final score, 15-10,against Columbia as Penn managed (16-11). Brown also took a win against Harvard to open the season, but most recently were denied in a 12-9 gamewith Cornell.
Leading the Bears attack are Katelyn Caro and Kaela McGilloway with 28 and 26 points, respectively. The team boast six players in double-digit goals this season.
In goal, Isabel Harvey has clocked the majority of minutes with a 10.85 goals-against average and .364 save percentage.
For Penn, the team's performance against rival Princeton not only clinched a share of their third consecutive Ivy Leauge title, but several Quakers were able to rack up some serious statistics.
Freshman Erin Brennan had a career night with three goals and two assists. She also commanded the draw circle, taking three for herself and directing Penn to four others.
Senior Becca Edwards also completed a hat trick and added an assist. Junior Courtney Lubbe dished out two assists to maintain a slight lead with 36 points on Penn's scoring list.
In goal, junior Emily Szelest had a career night against the Tigers with seven saves. She also leads the nation with a whopping 4.74 goals-against average and a .505 save percentage.
The Quakers hold a commanding 21-9 all-time record vs. the Bears. Some familiar faces will be on Brown's bench with junior Ali DeLuca's sister Krystina a senior Middie for the Bears and 2008 Penn graduate Melissa Lehman on Brown's coaching staff.