PHILADELPHIA--The defending Ivy Champion and 8th-ranked Penn women's lacrosse team will face its first Ancient Eight challenger Saturday. The Yale Bulldogs will host the Quakers in New Haven, Conn. with game time set for noon.
The Red and Blue have recently returned to the East Coast after five days and twogames on the opposite coast. The Quakers fell to No. 11 Stanford before gaining a five-goal win over Cal-Berkeley.
Despite the loss, sophomore Ali DeLuca registered an all-around solid game. She scored two goals, had two groundballs, four caused turnovers and seven draw controls. Her seven draws were better than the entire Cardinal team that came away with six in the game.
Against Cal, Rachel Manson hit the net five times and now leads the team's goal-production with eight on the season.
Penn's All-American goalkeeper, Sarah Waxman holds a 7.25 goals-against average this season and has made 20 saves. Part of Penn's stifling defensive unitis All-American Hilary Renna and Tarah Kirnan with a team-leading nine caused turnovers.
Penn (3-1) has won three straight against Yale (4-1), including last year's 9-3 game at Franklin Field.
This season, the Elis are led by senior midfielder Kat Peetz with 11 goals. She has scored in all five games this season.
In goal, the Bulldogs have Ellen Cameron who has made 27 saves and holds a 7.04 goals-against average. Jen Warden has racked up 10 ground balls and eight caused turnovers this season.