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PHILADELPHIA Junior Rachel Manson scored three goals to lead Penn past Boston University, 11-5, at Rhodes Field Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Quakers (15-1), the tournament’s fourth seed, advance to face Maryland, a 13-7 winner over Yale, in the second round. Penn will host that game at Franklin Field on Saturday, May 19 at a time to be announced.
The Terriers end their season at 13-6 overall. The game was played at Penn’s soccer stadium, Rhodes Field, due to graduation at Franklin Field.
“It was great,” said Head Coach Karin Brower. “We wanted to win and be able to play at Franklin Field for the rest of the tournament, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Manson’s hat trick put her over 100 points for her career, becoming the 13th Penn player to reach that milestone. Thanks to a boisterous crowd, she said her experience of participating in the NCAA tournament, a first for Penn since 1984, was unforgettable.
“I thought it was really exciting,” Manson said. "Walking on the field at the beginning and seeing the line outside of people waiting to get in, that’s something we’ve never experienced before.”
Penn’s win was its first in the NCAA tournament since 1983, when it beat Loyola 9-5 in the first round.
Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman made seven saves while allowing just five goals; her counterpart, Jenna Golden, made four stops. Chrissy Muller led all players with four points on two goals and two assists. The Terriers actually outshot Penn 23-21 in the game, but put just 12 shots on goal.
BU struck first on Lauren Morton’s goal before Emma Spiro put the Quakers on the board eight minutes into the game and Ali DeLuca added another.
Morton tied the game at two with 19:12 to go, and both teams played tight defense. Muller finally broke through with two straight goals, followed by Manson’s first tally with 10:32 to go in the first half.
It appeared Penn would take a 5-2 lead into the break, but the Quakers turned the ball over and McKinley Curro rushed down to score with two ticks left in the half.
Chelsea Kocis opened the second half with a goal before Molly Collins brought one back for the Terriers. Penn then hit a two-goal run thanks to Allison Ambrozy and Melissa Lehman, putting the game out of reach as it slowed the game to a snail’s pace.
Angie Martin scored BU’s final goal with 15 minutes to go before Penn iced the game with a three-goal spurt that included DeLuca’s second and Manson’s last two goals.
Game Notes The game was the first-ever meeting between Penn and BU ... The game was the first-ever non-soccer event ever held at Rhodes Field ... It was also the first home NCAA game in any sport hosted by Penn since the men’s soccer team lost to Seton Hall in the 2002 first round at Rhodes Field ... Manson is the third Quaker in the past two seasons to break 100 points. Emily Cochran C’06 and currently senior Chrissy Muller did it last year ... Ali DeLuca broke the Penn freshman goals record with her 32nd and 33rd goals, breaking the 27-year old record set by Sherry Marcantonio in 1980 ... The Penn defense has held opponents to five or fewer goals in seven of its 15 games this year ... Penn lowered its goals-allowed average, which was already second in the nation, to 6.25 goals per game ... Sophomore defender Hilary Renna, a Tewaaraton nominee for her defensive skill, got her first career point on an assist in the second half ... BU failed to convert any of its seven free-position opportunities ... It was only the third time this season that Penn had given up more shots in a game.