#5 Penn Blanks Saint Joseph's for 1st Shutout Since 1978

PHILADELPHIA Penn did something it hadn't accomplished since 1978 on Wednesday shut out an opponent. The No. 5 Quakers held visiting Saint Joseph's scoreless at Franklin Field, downing the Hawks 14-0.

The last time Penn shutout an opponent was April 15, 1978 when the Quakers blanked Yale, 4-0. Since then, five Presidents have taken office, the Phillies and Red Sox have each won two World Series titles and every member of the current Penn squad was born.

Ten different players had at least one point for the Quakers, led by Erin Brennan's five. The sophomore scored three goals and added a pair of assists, giving her 11 points over her last two games. Bridget Waclawik added a career-high four points with two goals and two assists. The assists were the first two helpers of her career.

She was one of four Quakers with a two-goal game, joined by Ali DeLuca, Maddie Poplawski and Giulia Giordano. For DeLuca, her two goals moved her past Rachel Manson into second place all-time at Penn in career goals. DeLuca now has 117 career goals and trails Penn's career leader, Sherry Marcantonio, who heads the list with 129. DeLuca also broke a tie with Manson for third on Penn's career points list, moving into third place all alone with 159. DeLuca is now six behind Lisa Romig's 165 for second.

Other goal scorers for Penn were Caroline Bunting, Carolyn Pollard and Megan Smith. Courtney Lubbe and Kelly McCallion each finished with one assist. For McCallion, it was her first collegiate point.

Emily Szelest made three saves in 43:30 of playing time to earn the win and lower her season GAA to 5.55. Emily Leitner made one save in her 16:30 of action.

The Quakers were simply too much for Saint Joseph's, outdistancing the Hawks in every way. Penn outshot the Hawks, 27-7. The Quakers came up with 27 ground balls to SJU's 14. On draw controls, Penn tripled up the Hawks, 12-4. While turnovers were close, with Penn committing 25 to SJU's 27, the Red and Blue were more active in causing the miscues, finishing with 17 caused turnovers to the Hawks' seven.

Penn scored twice in the first 4:18 to take a 2-0 lead on goals from Giordano and Poplawski. For Poplawski, the goal was her fifth free position strike of the season. Brennan and Waclawik added goals midway through the period to extend Penn's lead to 4-0. A pair of goals from Smith and Brennan 39 seconds apart in the final three minutes of the first half gave Penn a 6-0 lead at the break. The Quakers spread the offense out in the second half, with seven different scorers accounting for the eight goals.

The 5-1 (1-0, Ivy) Quakers head to New Haven on Saturday for an Ivy League game at Yale (2-3, 0-0 Ivy) at 1:00 p.m.

2010-03-17



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