PHILADELPHIA – On a frosty night at Franklin Field – temperatures were in the low 40s at first draw and reached 35 by the final whistle – the University of Pennsylvania (2-1) women’s lacrosse team was more than warm to the task on attack to the tune of a 15-8 win over Rutgers.
No. 16 Penn scored the game’s first seven goals, and netted 11 of the first 12 to build a comfortable lead.
Senior Nina Corcoran tallied eight points in the game – a new career high and the most by a Quaker since Erin Brennan had nine on March 7, 2012 (also against Rutgers). Six of Corcoran’s points were assists – also a career high and tied for second-most in a single game by a Quaker all-time (Brennan had seven against Rutgers in 2012).
Iris Williamson followed up her four-goal outing at Duke on Sunday with four more goals against the Scarlet Knights (1-4). Lely DeSimone added three goals and Catherine Dickinson had two goals and an assist to give the senior class a total of 18 points in the game.
Eight different players had at least one goal for Penn in the rout, with Caroline Cummings, Alex Condon, Sarah Barcia and Lauren D’Amore each adding a goal.
If you watched the first 10+ minutes of the contest, you likely wouldn’t have expected the final score to be as high as it was. Neither team scored over the opening 12:37 as the two sides adjusted to the temperature and some tightly-played defense.
Williamson finally lit the spark in the game, bouncing home the first goal. Less than a minute later, Corcoran took a Dickinson pass and gave Penn a 2-0 lead. The goals came fast and furious from that point – Penn scored five times in a span of 6:06 to open a 5-0 lead.
Ultimately, the Quakers held the Scarlet Knights off the scoreboard for 25:42 before Paige Paratore scored on a free position shot to give Rutgers its first goal of the game.
After halftime, Penn would mount a 4-0 run to open the second period and build a commanding 11-1 lead. All four goals came over a span of 5:22, two each from Williamson and DeSimone. That effectively put the game out of reach, and with Britt Brown’s night done in goal for the Quakers, the Scarlet Knights were able to find some offense in the final 19 minutes – not nearly enough to ever put the Red and Blue in danger.
The Quakers had a 16-9 edge in draw controls in the game, including a 10-6 advantage in the second half. Caroline Cummings was the key to the success on the draw, winning a career-high seven. Emilia Lopez-Ona added three, while Alex Condon and Brooke Kiley each had two.
The Quakers were clean with the ball, only committing six turnovers in the game. The Red and Blue were able to force seven by Rutgers, with Kiley and Katie Cromie each coming up with two.
Brown made just three saves in the game while conceding the one goal in 38:30 of action.
Notes: The 15 goals scored by Penn were the most since netting 15 against Georgetown on March 14, 2015 … The Red and Blue have won six straight home non-conference games … Nina Corcoran now ranks No. 9 all-time in points at Penn with 134 … She is third all-time in assists with 79.
The Quakers open Ivy League play against Brown on Saturday at 3 p.m.