PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/12/2019 – The 9th ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team suffered their first Ivy League loss as the Big Green of Dartmouth took home a 15 – 11 victory at Franklin Field. Penn drops out of sole possession of first place in the Ancient Eight joining Dartmouth, Princeton, and Cornell with one conference loss. Each team will be looking for an opportunity to win the regular season and get the top-seed in the post-season tournament.
“Dartmouth came in knowing they had to win to get a share (of first place) and they did just that,” said Penn Coach Karin Corbett. “We had an opportunity to put us on the path to win it outright, but they deserved this win today.”
The Big Green currently is in first place with a 4 – 1 record. Penn is 3 – 1 along with Princeton and Cornell.
The Quakers led 6 – 4 at halftime and got the initial goal of the second half. Then the Red and Blue fell victim to an 8 – 1 run by the Big Green that decided the issue.
Dartmouth attack Campbell Brewer had 3 goals in the game-deciding run. Kierra Sweeney scored twice and had an assist in that span along with Kellen D’Alleva had assisted 3 times while finding the back of the net once.
Dartmouth won the second half 11 – 5. The Red and Blue got no closer than a 3-goal deficit in the latter stages.
“Their fundamentals were better than us today,” said Corbett. “They shot better than we did. They finished their opportunities and we didn’t. Our attack has to hold the defense better than we did during their run.”
Penn had the better of the going early getting out to a 6 – 3 lead breaking a 3-all tie getting goals by junior attack Gabby Rosenzweig, freshman midfielder Michaela McMahon, and junior midfielder Erin Barry.
“Our defense was getting more stops and we had opportunities that we didn’t finish,” Corbett said about the early going. “We needed to work their zone more. When we had wide open shots we missed or hit the goalie.”
The Quakers had a 7 – 4 edge in draw controls, but the Big Green would come back to win the second half margin 10 – 7. Kathryn Giroux won 6 on the day. She ranks third nationally averaging 9.45 draws per game.
Penn got chances with 8 free position shots, but converted only once. Dartmouth went 4 for 5 form the 8-meter line. Big Green goal keeper Kiera Vrindten made 14 saves. Penn keeper Mikaila Cheeseman recorded 10 saves.
Rosenzweig and Barry had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Quakers. Rosenzweig has 100 career goals. Elyse Decker and Tarlyn Stadler had 2 goals with Stadler getting an assist.
Ellie Carson led Dartmouth with 4 goals while Sweeney and Brewer got 3. D’Alleva turned in a game-high 5 assists.
There is no time for Penn to dwell on the loss as rival Princeton visits on Wednesday. The Quakers have shown resilience which should be an asset come April 17th.
“This is a team that comes back to work on Monday and they know that we still have 3 Ivy games and everybody has a loss right now,” Corbett said. “If we can win against one of the top three in the league and do out job against Harvard and Columbia, we can still share.”
After the game Penn honored Katy Junior, Lauren O’Mara, Julia O’Mara, and Chrissy Corcoran on their Senior Day.
Written By: Glenn Papazian