March 21, 2009

Penn Dominates Cornell

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - The No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse team defeated Cornell, 14-2, Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field to remain undefeated on the season. The Quakers shut out the Big Red in the first half, taking a 10-0 lead, and cruised to the win from there.

Junior Ali DeLuca had four goals and an assist to lead Penn; in the process, she moved onto the Quakers' top-10 list in both categories and also put herself one point shy of reaching 100 for her career.

the Quakers improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Ivy League. Cornell dropped to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Junior Courtney Lubbe started the scoring 2:21 into the game as the Quakers scored the game's first 12 goals. Senior Becca Edwards then capitalized on DeLuca's assist and sophomore Giulia Giordano added a free position goal to put Penn up 3-0 just over five minutes into the contest.

With 22:17 left in the first half, Lubbe assisted senior Samantha Bird for a four-goal lead. DeLuca followed with her first two goals of the game before Erin Brennan aided Giordano's second tally of the game, giving Penn a 7-0 edge at the 11:27 mark.

The score stood for the next eight minutes, but Penn would add three more before intermission. Junior Emma Spiro's goal with four seconds remaining capped the 10-goal half.

As impressive as the offensive output was in the first half, the defensive effort may have been better. Cornell mustered just three shots to Penn's 17 in the first 30 minutes and Emily Szelest made two saves in goal. Szelest did not allow a goal all day as Emily Leitner filled in for the second half, making three saves.

Penn continued to put on the pressure in the second half. Senior Hannah Rudloff scored just over five minutes in and was immediatley followed by another DeLuca goal for a 12-0 advantage.

Cornell finally broke the shutout after going 41:17 without a goal. The Big Red closed to within 12-2 with a free position goal with 12:41 to go, but that would be all the scoring Penn would allow. Megan Smith and Allison Tatios each tallied goals in the final 5:35 to give Penn the 14-2 win.

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