PHILADELPHIA--The No. 6 Quaker women's lacrosse teamallowed the Cal Bears just one goal in each half Friday night at Franklin Field. Junior Emma Spiro scored three ina 10-2 rout. The Quakers improved to 2-0 while the Bears dipped below .500 with a 2-3 record.
Cal was fast out of the gates and kept Penn at a harried pace for the first 10 minutes and held possession for a better part of that time. Senior defender Hilary Renna caused a turnover for classmate Katie Mazer to pick up sparking a fast break for the Penn attack. After a restart behind the Cal goal, Erin Brennan sliced her way into the goal and picked up a bullet pass from Samantha Bird to put Penn on the board at 13:24.
Spiro wasted no time extending the lead a minute later and tacked on Penn's third at 20:36.
Cal answered with a goal with just less than eight minutes in the half. Junior Ali DeLuca fired back with an unassisted goal a minute later, but it was Spiro that put the exclamation point on thehalf witha goaljust seven second before the buzzer. Senior Kaitlyn Lombardo fed her the ball for the assist.
In the second it was all Penn; even Cal's goalie swap did not deter the Penn attack. Bird, Courtney Lubbe and Bethany Warren combined to put four goals past Allie Shropshire in the first 16:37 of the half. The Cal staff switched back to starter Morgan Dyson for the rest of the game. DeLuca put one more past Dyson before the game was over. Senior Hannah Rudloff got the assist. Both keepers made six saves in the game.
Penn keeper Emily Szelest made six saves in her second career start and came up with several big saves down the stretch, including a free position save.
With 1:55 left in regulation, and Penn playing down one with Spiro serving her yellow card, Cal's Alex Tickner sped the length of the field to give the Bears their second and last goal.
This is the second straight two-goal outing for Cal after losing to Syracuse 18-2 last weekend.Penn is the third 2008 NCAA semifinalist the Bears have faced and lost to this season.
The Quakers have another "Friday Night Lights" game March 6 when they play host to North Carolina. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.