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PHILADELPHIA – Championship pedigree and resiliency was again on display from Penn, the Quakers derailing No. 10 Cornell’s comeback in a 12-11 overtime win at Franklin Field. Shannon Mangini was the hero, capping a career-high five-goal game with the eventual winner just before the midway break in overtime, tying her career high with five points.
That the game was even in overtime seemed unlikely after Penn jumped out to a 10-3 lead at halftime. However, Cornell’s offense heated up while Penn’s was unable to extend its lead in the second half, the Quakers scoring their 11th goal of the game with 26:00 left to make it an 11-5 game. From there, the Big Red would score six in a row to tie the game, the equalizer coming with 1:22 left in regulation. Cornell had a look to win, but Lucy Ferguson came up with a timely save on a Caroline Salisbury shot with five seconds left to force overtime.
In overtime, Cornell won the draw and had first chance to score. Lindsey Toppe took the shot, but it hit the post and the ground ball was scooped up by Taylor Foussadier. Toppe was hit with a yellow card, and the Quakers would clear into a man-up situation. From there, Mangini completed her career day.
Mangini scored with ten seconds left in the first three-minute section of overtime, sending a shot just inside the right post and giving the Quakers defense a chance to seal the win.
The Quakers had to survive a few hairy moments to secure the win, namely a big save by Lucy Ferguson on a free position shot from Cornell’s leading scorer Lindsey Toppe with 1:46 to play, and then a good look from Caroline Salisbury that went wide with 0:27 left in the game. The Quakers were unable to clear following a Ferguson ground ball on the wide shot, and Cornell had one final chance to tie the game – an opportunity lost when an attacker lost her footing on a spin move to gain separation with five seconds to go.
The win is Penn’s first over a Top-10 team since a 13-10 win over No. 4 Duke in 2011 and keeps the Quakers undefeated in the Ivy League at 3-0. After a 0-3 start to the season, Penn has won four in a row, the last two in overtime.
The Quakers were on fire to start the game, scoring 10 goals on 14 shots in the opening thirty minutes. Meredith Cain had a hat trick before the game was even 13 minutes old, scoring three in a row over a span of 2:44 to give Penn a 4-1 lead. Mangini would go 2-for-2 on free positions in the opening period, joined by Lindsey Smith as a scorer on an eight-meter to make Penn a perfect 3-for-3 in the game. Cain’s three in a row were followed by Mangini’s two eight-meter goals, part of a 7-0 run as the Quakers seemingly put the game away with an 8-1 lead.
The Big Red would not wilt, scoring 10 of the next 13 to tie the game. Toppe scored four in that run, doing her best to keep Cornell undefeated in the Ivy League. Cornell was helped by evening out the draw controls in the second half, each team winning five in the second period. Penn had been dominant in the first half, winning 11 to Cornell’s three.
In overtime, Cornell outshot Penn, 4-1, but Penn connected on the only offering that mattered. Ferguson had the big stop on Toppe on the free position, Toppe hit the post which led to Mangini’s goal, while Penn’s defense and an equally important block – converging on a Salisbury attempt with two minutes left in the game.
Cain, who finished with four goals, was huge on the draw for Penn with five in the game – tied with Meg Markham for the game-high. The Quakers finished with 16 ground balls spread out among 11 players.
Penn will head back on the road next weekend to face s stiff challenge in the form of No. 1 Maryland in College Park on Saturday at 1 p.m.