Women's Lacrosse Prepares for Fairfield

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PHILADELPHIA--The No. 4 seeded Penn women’s lacrosse team hosts NCAA first-timer Fairfield in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

Penn is also hosting the Ivy League's Heptagonal Track and Field Championshipsat Franklin Field this weekend, soSunday's lacrosse game will be held at Drexel’s Vidas Field (43rd and Powelton in Philadelphia). The game will start at 1 p.m.

This is Penn’s third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament as well as the third time the team has been the higher seed and hosted the first round game.

Fairfield’s road to the tournament was longer than most; after going undefeated in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Stags had to face Sacred Heart in a play-in game to the tournament. The team is 17-2 this season and running an 11-game winning streak.

This is the first meetingbetween the teams, though the Stags have met two other Ivy League teams this season --Yale and Dartmouth. The outings resulted in Fairfield’s only two losses of the season.

The Quakers have outscored their first-round opponents 27-12 in the last two years; this season, they have outscored the opposition by 5.7 goals.

The Stags are led by Rebecca White and Kristen Coleman with 63 and 60 goals, respectively. Though the pair is far ahead of the rest of the team’s output, six other Fairfield players have scored double-digit goals this season.

In goal, Lauren Chatnik has secured an 8.88 goals-against average and a .482 save percentage.

The Quakers match that with Emily Szelest’s 5.35 goals-against average and .497 save percentage. Helping her maintain the nation’s best defense is Katie Mazer, Kaileigh Wright and first-team All-Ivy selection Hilary Renna.

Ivy League co-Player of the Year Emma Spiro has also locked down some of the nation’s top attackers as well as scored 28 goals this season. Leading Penn’s attack is Ali DeLuca with 31 goals and 11 assists. Junior Courtney Lubbe is second with 41 points, and Ivy League Rookie of the Year Erin Brennan is third with 36 points.

NCAA first-round schedule(all games Sunday):

Colgate at #2 Maryland,Noon

Towson at #3 North Carolina,1 p.m.

Georgetown at #8 Princeton, 1:30 p.m.

Massachusetts at #1 Northwestern,2 p.m.

Virginia at #5 Duke, 2 p.m.

Boston University at #7 Syracuse,3:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt at #6 Notre Dame,4 p.m.