PHILADELPHIA – We’re on to the title game.
It took a while – 64:38 of tightly-contested lacrosse to be exact – but the University of Pennsylvania advanced to its sixth Ivy League Tournament championship game via a 6-5 win in overtime against Harvard.
Caroline Cummings netted the game winner with 1:22 left in the first overtime period – setting off a wild celebration by the top-seeded Quakers who will play for the ILT championship for the third straight year.
Cummings ended things with a deft move, sliding by the check of Megan Hennessey and dropping low with her shot for her first career overtime game-winning goal.
Britt Brown was a key factor in Penn having a chance to win in extra time. She made seven saves in the game, but none were bigger than her stop on Eliza Guild with less than 10 seconds to play in the first three-minute period of overtime. The subsequent three-minute session started with a Harvard draw control, but the Crimson coughed the ball up unforced at the top of the restraining line and Penn was able to transition downfield. Cummings had one look right off the transition, but was wide – her second was dead on aim.
The Quakers found a way to win with their key cogs unable to gain any traction. Nina Corcoran, Alex Condon, and Iris Williamson each had only one point but it was Penn’s depth which helped find a way to win.
Catherine Dickinson had two goals in the first half, and Sarah Barcia had a goal and an assist to lead Penn’s scoring attack. Emily Rogers-Healion also added a goal.
The Quakers had to rally, facing a 5-3 deficit with 17:28 to play in regulation. The defense would clamp down, holding Harvard off the scoreboard over the final 22:11 to give the attack a chance to snag the win.
Brown finished with seven saves and a ground ball, while Megan Kelly had three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Condon worked into the defense, picking up four ground balls of her own. Iris Williamson was a force in the midfield in defensive transition, causing three turnovers.
Caroline Cummings helped Penn to an 8-5 edge on draws, winning three of her own, joined by Brooke Kiley who had two.
Penn advances to its sixth Ivy League Tournament final – the most of any Ivy program. No other team has appeared in more than three, and the Quakers will be playing Cornell on Sunday (11 a.m.) for the first time in an ILT Championship Game after the Big Red defeated Princeton, 10-9, in overtime on Friday in the first semifinal.
This will be Penn’s fourth Final appearance in five times hosting the Ivy League Tournament.
Penn is now 2-1 all-time in overtime during the Ivy League Tournament – both wins coming over Harvard. The Quakers also defeated the Crimson in double overtime, 11-10, in the 2014 semifinals in Princeton.
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