The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team started the day with a one-goal loss, 11 – 10, to Cornell in the Ivy League Tournament title game. The day ended well for the Quakers as the earned the number 7 seed in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
The Red and Blue will travel to Towson to meet the NEC Champion Seahawks of Wagner on May 13. The winner will advance to play the winner of the Towson – Old Dominion game. Penn enters the tournament for the tenth straight year. The team earned a seed for the first time in 2010 when they received the number 8 seed.
Ivy League Tournament champion Big Red of Cornell was the number 8 seed. Princeton also was selected giving the Ancient Eight three teams in the field. Cornell will play Canisius in first round action, and Princeton meet Massachusetts. Should both teams win, they will play each other in the second round.
Earlier in the day the Quakers got down by 6 goals with 21:19 remaining. The comeback started when Catherine Dickinson scored with just under 20 minutes to go to make the score 10 – 5. It started a run of 5 straight goals for the Quakers. Five different players scored culminated when Nina Corcoran found the back of the net at the 11:37 mark to cut the deficit to 10 – 9.
However, Amie Dickson scored what turned out to be the winning goal with 7:38 on the clock. Penn got one back when Alex Condon netted her 3rd goal of the game and 37th of the season at the 6 minute mark. The Red and Blue had one final opportunity, but a shot by Corcoran was stopped by Big Red goal keeper Renee Poullott with 15 seconds showing on the clock.
Corcoran had five points in the game – setting a new Ivy League record for assists in a single season on Penn’s fourth goal. She finished the game with three assists, giving her 52 for the season which eclipses the previous best of 50 set by Brown’s Lauren Becker in 1986. Dickinson and Caroline Cummings also had two goals in the contest. Iris Williamson had the other Penn goal.
Dickson had two goals and two assists for Cornell. Catherine Ellis, Taylor Reed, and Olivia Mattyasovszky also scored twice. Emily Tripodi registered a goal and an assist.
Draw Controls were a key component as Cornell had a 10 – 1 advantage in the first half. Penn turned that stat around with an 8 – 3 edge on the second half. The Red and Blue committed 33 fouls compared to 13 for the Big Red.
Penn’s record in Ivy League title games evens to 3 – 3. Overall, the Quakers finished the season with a 13 – 4 record.
Written By: Glenn Papazian