No. 3 Penn at Brown
Saturday, April 21 - 1 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA The No. 3 Penn women’s lacrosse team still has some business to take care of.
After an emotional 14-10 win over No. 15 Princeton Wednesday night tocapture a share of the Ivy League title at Franklin Field, the Quakers (12-1, 6-0 Ivy) need to avoid the letdown and win their final Ancient Eight game at Brown (4-8, 1-3 Ivy) to secure the Ivychampionship outright.
At this point, having alreadyclinched an NCAA berth, the Quakers are playing for seeding as they will end the regular season with games at Brown and Syracuse.
LET’S GO DANCING The Quakers are the first team to make the NCAA field of 16, winning the Ivy League automatic bid by virtue of owning thehead-to-head tiebreaker over Yale, the only team that could possibly tie Penn. The end of the season will now be especially critical for Penn, as earning a four seed or better in the tournament would essentially ensure Penn home-field advantage throughout the NCAA tournament (the semifinals and final, which are played at a predetermined site,will be held at Franklin Field on May 25 and 27).
NOTING PENN’S IVY TITLE If Penn were to win the title outright, it would be the first by a team not named Dartmouth or Princeton since Harvard won the last of its five-straight outright crowns in 1992 ... It would be Penn’s first-ever outright title. The 1980 and 1982championships were shared with Yale and Harvard, respectively ... None of Penn’s players were born yet when the program won its last title in 1982 ... Penn played 346 games in between titles ... The win over Princeton was Penn’s first since 1993 ... The Quakers hadn’t beaten Princeton and Dartmouth in the same season since 1985.
TAKING DOWN THE TIGERS Sophomore attack Becca Edwards, who ironically is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, flashed her offensive skills with a career-best five-goal performance against Princeton. Her three-goal run late in the first half was critical to putting Penn firmly in control of the game at the half. Chrissy Muller had perhaps the most complete game of anyone on the field with a goal, three assists, three draw controls and a pair each of ground balls and caused turnovers. Sarah Waxman was superb between the pipes, tying a season high with 12 saves, including several late in the game as Princeton attempted a comeback.
A SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS At 12-1, Penn has tied the record for the most wins in program history (the 1980 team went 12-3-2). The Quakers are also 6-0 in the Ivy League and have a chance to run the table, something they have never done.
STREAKING Penn has won its last nine in a row, tying the longest winning streak in program history, which came during Penn’s 1982 Ivy League championship campaign.
IN THE RANKINGS Penn achieved the highest ranking in program history Monday when the STX/IWLCA coaches’ poll placed it at third in the nation, up three spots from the week before. The Quakers are also ranked fifth in the InsideLacrosse media poll.
NOTING BROWN The Bears have struggled as of late, dropping three of their last four, escaping with only a one-goal win over Columbia in that span. Most recently, Brown was dominated at home by Yale, 13-5, despite a pair of goals by leading scorer Mimi DeTolla. Brown freshman defender Kara Kelly held Yale’s Lauren Taylor, the nation’s leading scorer, to a single goal, but Jenn Warden lit up the net with five goals as the Bulldogs cruised to the win. DeTolla (20 g, 10 a) and Molly McCarthy (9 g, 19 a) lead the team in scoring, while Melissa King has seen the bulk of time in goal, allowed 12.34 goals per game.
NICE TO SEE YOU Freshman Ali DeLuca’s older sister, Krystina, is a sophomore middie for the Bears. She has four goals and an assist this season.
LAST YEAR Penn ran away with a 15-6 win on a soggy afternoon at Franklin Field after breaking out to an 8-3 halftime lead and continuing with a 6-1 run in the second half. Emily Cochran C’06 was the star of the day, scoring three goals and two assists to notch her 100th career point on senior day.
MOVING ON UP A trio of Quakers are marking their spots in the program’s record book. Chrissy Muller has 64 career assists and is in second place all-time, is fourth with 137 career points, and tied for seventh in career goals with 76. Meanwhile, junior Rachel Manson is ninth on the goals list with her 74 career tallies. With 94 career points, Manson is also poised to become Penn’s 13th 100-point scorer. Freshman Ali DeLuca, who has 29 goals, has a good chance to break the freshman goals record of 31, held by Penn’s all-time leading scorer, Sherry Marcantonio.
THE SERIES Penn has won the last three and five of the last six in the series. All-time, the Quakers lead 19-9.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME The Quakers finished the regular season undefeated at home, going 7-0. It is the most home wins in a single season for Penn.