April 18, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 2-1, after the first 30 minutes of play, the 3rd-ranked Penn women's lacrosse team (13-0, 7-0) outscored Brown, 4-0, in the first six minutes of the second half and then 9-2 the rest of the way en route to a 14-4 win over the Bears (6-7, 2-3) on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. The victory gives the Quakers the 2009 Ivy League Title outright at 7-0.
Both teams were patient during the first half, as Brown built a 2-0 lead on goals by seniors Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) and Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD), scoring on the Bears first two shots of the game at 10:40 and 14:01, respectively. The Quakers outshot Brown, 9-3, during the first 30 minutes, but freshman Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) made six first-half saves, while keeping Penn off the board until the 25th minute of play when Ali DeLuca beat Harvey on Penn's eighth shot of the half.
However, things quickly changed at the start of the second frame, as Penn connected for four goals, including two by Courtney Lubbe, in the first six minutes to take a 5-2 lead.
Following the fourth goal, scored by Samantha Bird at exactly six minutes, sophomore Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) deposited a free position shot to bring Brown to within 5-3 at 7:30, but that was as close as the Bears would get, as Penn scored nine straight goals to open up a 14-3 lead with 5:07 remaining.
Sophomore Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) scored an unassisted tally at 27:11 for the 14-4 final.
Penn finished the game with a 29-7 advantage in shots on goal and held slim advantages in both ground balls (9-6), draw controls (11-9), and caused turnovers (5-4). Caldwell led Brown with two caused turnovers, while senior Noelle DiGioia (Pittsburgh, PA) led the Bears with two ground balls. Robinson, Nunn, and junior Molly McCarthy (Scituate, MA) each had a team-high two draw controls.
Harvey finished with 10 saves for the Bears, while Emily Szelest made three saves for Penn in 52:19. Brown continues action next Saturday, April 25, when it travels to Princeton for a 3:00 p.m. game.