PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team improved to 8-1 overall in 2015 and 6-1 in non-conference action with a 12-5 win over Towson at Franklin Field.
The Quakers were dominant in the first half, winning the game’s first eight draw controls to help build a 9-2 lead at halftime. The Red and Blue would not keep up that scoring pace in the second half, but timely defensive stops would deny the Tigers any chance at a comeback.
A trio of Quaker recorded hat tricks in the game, led by Iris Williamson who finished the game with five points, tying her career high. Tory Bensen and Lely DeSimone also scored three goals in the game.
After two games without an assist, Nina Corcoran broke through with three helpers to go with a goal.
Defensively, Megan Kelly was a huge factor for the Quakers with a career high four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Meg Markham had four draw controls to go with three caused turnovers. Taylor Foussadier had a career high three caused turnovers, as did Katie Cromie who also recorded a caused turnover and a draw control in her first career start.
Lucy Ferguson made five saves in the game, including three in the second half.
The Quakers never trailed in the game, opening the scoring with Dickinson’s first of the game at the 2:38 mark. The Tigers would tie the game 4:28 in on an Andy Raymond goal, but Iris Williamson did not allow the contest to stay square for long.
Williamson needed all of 14 seconds after Towson scored to give Penn back the lead. Just over two minutes later, she made it a two-goal lead with her second of the game. She charged down the right side and scored on the fly.
DeSimone’s first of the game four minutes later gave the Red and Blue more breathing room. DeSimone burst down the field for her goal, finishing a sequence started with a brilliant Kelly caused turnover and Cromie ground ball.
After the Tigers struck to make it a 4-2 game midway through the first half, Dickinson scored an acrobatic goal with 13:41 left in the opening period to reclaim a three-goal lead for the Quakers. She cut to goal, leaping to one-time home a sneak Williamson pass from behind the cage.
That goal started a 5-0 Quaker run to close the opening half. Corcoran’s first goal of the game came as part of that streak, again the beneficiary of a nice Williamson feed from behind the cage with 6:53 left in the half.
In the second half, goals were hard to come by. The Tigers scored three of the first four goals of the second period, but needed over 25 minutes to do so. Bensen had an answer for each Tiger flurry, scoring two of her goals in the second half to halt any Tiger momentum.
Notes: Penn has now won seven consecutive home games dating back to the end of the 2014 season … That matches the longest run by a Penn team since the Quakers won seven home games between 4/25/10-4/16/11 … Penn’s seven-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest in the country … Tory Bensen moved into eighth place all-time at Penn with 134 career points … Bensen also rose to No. 5 all-time with 114 goals … Nina Corcoran is now No. 6 all-time at Penn with 50 career assists … Corcoran’s 21 assists this season are tied for ninth-most in a single season … Lucy Ferguson ranks sixth all-time at Penn with 316 saves … Penn is 7-0 this season when scoring 12 or more goals … The Quakers have not relinquished a halftime lead this season, posting an 8-0 record when ahead at the break.
Penn is on the road in Ivy League play on Wednesday, heading to New York City to take on Columbia at 5 p.m.