STATE COLLEGE, Pa. No. 11 Penn jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, beating No. 10 Penn State 16-5 Tuesday night in women’s lacrosse action at Jeffrey Field.
The Quakers (9-1, 3-0 Ivy League) are now off to their best start in program history and have won six in a row. The Nittany Lions (7-3, 0-1 ALC) dropped their second game out of the last three.
Chrissy Muller and Ali DeLuca each racked up five-point games with three goals and two assists apiece. Rachel Manson also added a hat trick.
Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman continued her stellar season with eight saves and five goals allowed. Penn has allowed six or fewer goals in five of its last six games.
Penn got two early goals off Penn State turnovers around goal, first when Muller picked up a loose ball and scored and then when Manson caused a turnover in the corner and ran around for the tally.
Ali DeLuca put the Quakers up 3-0 with an unassisted goal five minutes into the game, and Manson added her second two minutes later.
The two sides then traded goals, as the Nittany Lions got on the board when Mariel Bryan converted a free position opportunity nine minutes into the game before DeLuca notched her second off a cross-field pass from Muller. Karen Long cut the lead to 5-2, but the Quakers went on a three-goal run to take an 8-2 lead.
Erica Mihm scored for Penn State four minutes from the half to make it an 8-3 scoreline at the break.
The second half proved to be more of that same as Penn ripped off a 6-2 run to start the period. Becca Edwards scored to start things off before Marisa Lozano found net for the Lions, but the Quakers scored seven of thelast eight goals to end the game.
Penn held a 14-9 edge on draw controls and a 28-20 advantage in shots.
Penn returns to Ivy League play on Saturday with a trip to Harvard. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.