BALTIMORE, MD. 5/13/2012 – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team dictated the tempo, had their defense playing the type of game they needed to win, ans held the high-powered Loyola Greyhounds offense in check. But two overtime goals late by the Greyhounds, the last one with 3.8 seconds on the clock ended the season for Penn as they fall 10 – 9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Penn Coach Karin Brower-Corbett felt the team executed the game plan despite the loss.
“I think we frustrated them on attack,” said Brower-Corbett. “They only scored 10 goals, and they are a pretty high scoring team. I do think we limited their chances.”
Penn out shot Loyola 24 – 23 in the game. The Quakers forced 15 turnovers playing in front of Goal Keeper Emily Leitner.
“I think our defense played really well,” Leitner said. “We were there to help. They (the defense) played a really solid game.”
It was a close game that Penn lead or tied most of the game. There were 9 ties and 5 lead changes. The game went into overtime tied at 8. The Quakers went ahead 9 – 8 on a goal by Junior Midfielder Meredith Cain with 21.6 seconds remaining. Brower-Corbett wanted to limit the chances for Loyola, but the Greyhounds got the tying goal on a free-position goal by Kara Burke at the .3 second mark. In the second overtime Cain was stopped on a shot, then a fast break that saw Hannah Schmitt take a pass from Sydney Thomas beating Leitner with a high shot to win the game.
Attack Caroline Bunting had 3 goals for Penn. Attack Erin Brennan and Cain each had 2 goals and one assist.
The game ended the careers for Penn Co-Captains Brennan and Leitner. The next day, they returned to Franklin Field for graduation.
Written By: Glenn Papazian