ITHACA, N.Y. The Penn women’s lacrosse team was dealt a setback inits quest for an Ivy League title Saturday, falling 12-4 to No. 16 Cornell at Schoellkopf Field.
The Quakers (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League) fell to 2-2 against ranked opponents this season, while Cornell (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) stayed perfect in Ancient Eight play.
Penn couldn’t jumpstart its offense, scoring just four times despite getting 22 shots off. The Quakers managed just one goal in the second half.
The first half proved to be all Big Red. After Allison Ambrozy opened the scoring at 24:16, Katherine Simmons equalized at one with the Big Red’s first goal with 21:48 remaining. Margaux Viola put Cornell in the lead just over a minute later on a free position goal, and Allison Schindler made it 3-1 with 18:30 to go in the half.
Penn stemmed the 3-0 Big Red run with Emily Cochran’s unassisted strike at 11:15, but Viola scored her second a minute and a half later to give Cornell a 4-2 lead. The floodgates then opened up for the Big Red. Courtney Farrell scored with 7:42 left before winning the ensuing draw control and netting her second just 14 seconds apart. Schindler scored her second with 6:45 left, and suddenly Penn found itself in a 7-2 hole.
Again, the Quakers stopped the run when Melissa Lehman snapped home Rachel Manson’s pass with four minutes remaining, but Cornell answered right back with Noelle Dowd’s goal 30 seconds later and Charlotte Schmidlapp with just 13 seconds left before halftime to make it 9-3.
The second half started more tentatively than the first, with just one goal scored in the first 15 minutes when Amanda Linnertz scored six and a half minutes in for Cornell. Viola completed her hat trick with 13:33 left in the game to make it 11-3 Cornell. Farrell added another goal five minutes from the end. Manson tacked on a consolation goal with 2:06 left.
Sarah Waxman (30:00, 9 GA) and Karrie Moore (30:00, 3 GA) split time for the Quakers in goal, with Waxman taking the loss. Maggie Fava made 10 saves in the win for Cornell.
The Quakers have now completed their four-game road swing and will return home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game with Johns Hopkins.