PHILADELPHIA--The No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse temaplays the last of three consecutive road games with a trip to Cambridge, Mass. to challenge Harvard, Saturday at noon. In addition to a crucial Ivy victory, the Quakers will be looking to keep theirperfect 9-0 record unblemished.
Havard has a busy weekend in store, hosting Penn Saturday and No. 9 Virginia Sunday. The Crimson (4-5, 1-1 Ivy) snapped a two-game losing streak with their win at Yale last weekend. Harvard's two leading scorers--Jess Halpern and Kaitlin Martin--were both trouble for Penn last year scoring two and three goals, respectively. This season, Halpern has scored 32 goals and Martin has 30 which ranks them as the top two scorers in the Ivy League.
Another name to check for is freshman Tyler Petropulous with 13 goals, four assists, 23 ground balls and 23 draw controls.
Luckily for the Quakers, they have a killer freshman of their own. Erin Brennan has 11 goals, eight assists and has dominated the draw circle. She has pulled 13 for herself and directed 88 others to her teammates to hold a 63-percent win percentage on the draw.
Going to goal, Penn has five with double-digit goals, led by juniors Ali DeLuca with 21 and Courtney Lubbe with 20. Classmate Emma Spiro has been an anchor all over the field with 17 goals--four of which were game-winners, and a team-best 31 draw controls and 16 ground balls. She has also been a force on defense helping the backline turn away top attackers.
Goalkeeper Emily Szelest and the back four have secured the lowest goals-against average in the country at 4.04 and Szelest also has an impressive .537 save percentage.