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Final Four Information (Towson)
PHILADELPHIA - Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal game between second-seeded Penn and No. 7 seed Boston University was not a work of art. The teams combined for 30 turnovers -- 15 apiece -- and put home just 13 goals between them despite taking 51 combined shots.
But the Quakers are advancing to the NCAA semifinal round because they once again did what they do best -- play solid defense, with the ultimate backstop in senior goalkeeper Sarah Waxman. On Drexel's Vidas Field, Penn knocked off BU, 8-5.
Penn (16-1) will meet unseeded Duke -- a surprise 9-7 winner over No. 3 Maryland -- in the second semifinal next Friday night at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, at 8:30 p.m. The first semifinal, at 6 p.m.,figures to be a high-scoring affair, as top-seeded Northwestern and No.5 seed Syracuse will match up; those teams feature the two top-scoring offenses in the nation this year.
Both semifinals --as well as the NCAA final on Sunday, May 25 --will be televised live on CBS College Sports (formerly College Sports Television, or CSTV).
Penn never trailed in the game after Melissa Lehman scored with 13:57 left in the first half; however, the Quakers never made things completely comfortable for their faithful.
Boston University (18-3) -- which entered Saturday's game with 15 straight victories -- scored the game's first goal when Lauren Morton finished a feed from McKinley Curro 5:36 into the contest. The goal was Morton's 56th of the season. That lead lasted all of 14 seconds, as Chelsea Kocis collected the ensuing draw and fired a long pass to a wide-open Rachel Manson in front of the BU goal.
The Terriers regained the lead three minutes later on a Xan Weitzel goal, assisted by Rachel Collins, but that would be all the scoring they would get until the second half as Waxman made five stops in the opening stanza. In the meantime, Penn drew level just a minute after BU's second goal when Giulia Giordano scored unassisted, and then nearly seven minutes later Lehman gave the Quakers a lead they would not relinqish.
Kaitlyn Lombardo made the score 4-2 with 9:14 left before halftime, and although Penn had several opportunities to pull awaythe rest of the half theyeitherput their shots wide, off the post, or into the stick of BU goalie Rachel Klein.
Just more than four minutes into the second half, BU ended a goalless span of 25 minutes and 29 seconds when Morton scored her second goal of the day, thanks to an assist by Traci Landy. Over the next 14 minutes, though, Penn scored four goals to essentially put this game away.
The catalyst? Emma Spiro. The sophomore broke in for an unassisted goal with 23:52 left in the game, and then nearly eight minutes later she connected on a free-position goal that pushed the Quakers to a 6-3 lead.
Manson finished an Allison Ambrozy feed with 14 minutes left to give the Quakers a 7-3 advantage, and then Ali DeLuca completed Penn's run with 11:53 to play on an unassisted effort.
BU scored twice in the final 11 minutes when Sarah Dalton scored her 70th and 71st goals, the second with five minutes to go that made the score 8-5. However, Penn was able to control the ball and keep the Terriers in check the rest of the way.
Both goalies had standout days; while Waxman was making nine saves in the Penn cage, Klein came up with 13 stops for the Terriers. Penn outshot BU, 30-21, and had 11 draw controls to the Terriers' four.