Box ScorePHILADELPHIA – Senior Day for the No. 9 Penn Quakers went about as well as hoped for, with Penn’s two senior co-captains having stellar performances and its crop of underclassmen showing fans that the future is bright as well in a 15-6 win over Brown. If that wasn’t enough for Quaker fans, news after the game that Dartmouth had lost at Princeton – pushing Penn to a first-place tie in the Ivy League with one game remaining in conference play – rendered the afternoon a complete success.
Senior Erin Brennan was one of four Quakers to record a hat trick in the game, notching hers in the first half of play. She scored just 27 seconds into the game, part of a 4-0 Penn run to open the contest, and added her second just 34 seconds after Brown’s first goal of the day before completing the hat trick with 8:02 left in the first half. The goals leave Brennan at 199 career points heading into Penn’s next game. Her next point will make her just the third player in Penn history to reach 200 career points.
Brennan’s fellow co-captain, Emily Leitner, made seven saves in goal, including three on free positions. The six goals allowed by Leitner and the defense tied for the fewest surrendered in a single game this season (at Yale, 3/17). Leitner also came up with a game-high five ground balls.
Penn’s junior class accounted for seven of the 15 goals, with Meredith Cain and Maddie Poplawski each netting hat tricks and Kelly McCallion scoring once. All three of Poplawski’s goals came in the second half, including two in a span of 24 seconds late in the game as she fought through traffic for 1v1 goals.
The Quakers entered the game on a two-game losing streak, and were firmly intent on not extending that streak to a three-gamer. Penn had not lost three consecutive games since the 2005 season and came out firing on Saturday to ensure Brown had no chance to end Penn’s hopes of an Ivy title.
The Red and Blue scored four times in the first 6:44 of play, with Courtney Tomchik scoring twice. Brennan started that four-goal run and initiated another after Bre Hudgins scored for Brown. Brennan scored 34 seconds later, followed by free positions from Cain and McCallion and Brennan’s third goal of the game.
In the second half, Brown attempted to climb back in the game with three goals in a row to make it an 11-5 lead for the Quakers. Mangini ended that run on a goal from a smart pass by Meg Markham. The freshman recorded her first collegiate point after she deftly pulled back on a tough-angle free position and fed an open Mangini for her 13th goal of the season.
In addition to her three goals, Poplawski added a game-high seven draw controls, almost equaling Brown’s team total of nine. Caroline Bunting was held without a point, but added four ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control. Bunting was one of four Penn players with two caused turnovers, joined by Taylor Foussadier, Meredith Cain and Allie Martin.
Bre Hudgins had three goals from Brown, while Grace Healy added six draw controls. Brown’s keepers were busy, as Isabel Harvey made nine saves in the first half and Kellie Roddy made five in the second half.
The Quakers are now 7-5 overall and move to 5-1 inside the Ivy League. Dartmouth dropped to 5-1 in the League with a 12-9 loss at Princeton on Saturday. Both teams have one Ivy game remaining – Penn at Princeton on Wednesday and the Big Green at Harvard on Friday.