PRINCETON, N.J. The Penn women’s squash team fell just short in its quest to complete a perfect season and win the Howe Cup, falling to Princeton, 6-3. The Quakers, who came into the match as the top seed, could not overcome the second-seeded Tigers, who won on their home courts.
For the Tigers, it was the second consecutive Howe Cup championship.
Senior co-captain Lauralynn Drury got the Quakers on the board first when she ran out and hid in a 3-0 victory at No. 9. After quickly finding herself down 5-2 in the first game, she dominated the rest of the match, winning 9-6, 9-2, 9-2.
Sophomore Sydney Scott ensured that the Quakers would be in the lead after the first flight when she grabbed a 3-0 victory of her own at No. 3. After Penn came back from a 4-0 deficit the first time these two teams met in the regular season, getting off to a strong start in this match was a big plus for Penn.
That great start seemed even more important when the Quakers dropped the next three matches, falling behind overall 4-2. Junior Alisha Turner could not overcome a knee injury suffered Friday that kept her from playing in Saturday’s semifinals, and fell at No. 2 in thee very close matches. After falling behind 8-3 in the third game, Turner fought back to tie the score at eight before finally dropping the game, 10-8.
Despite yet another dominating 3-0 effort from sophomore Kristen Lange at No. 1, the Quakers could not complete a second come-from-behind victory over Princeton. After freshman Annie Madeira found herself in a 2-0 hole and facing match point, she battled on and took the third game in front of a growing and loud Jadwin Courts crowd, 10-9. A win in the fourth game pushed her match to five, but with the overall match already decided, she fought hard but fell just short in the fifth game, dropping it 9-7.