No. 8 Penn Downs Brown to Clinch Ivy Crown

PROVIDENCE, RI Trailing, 3-1, 18 minutes into the game #8 Penn (10-4, 6-1) called a timeout and went on a six-goal run to grab a 7-3 lead and go on to defeat Brown (6-8, 1-5), 12-5, on a raw and damp Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

After Penn grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Bridget Waclawik just 40 seconds into the game, the Bears responded with three straight goals by three different players to take a 3-1 lead at the 17:42 mark. Freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) tied the score at 1-1 when she connected on a feed by junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) at 9:02 before senior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) gave Brown a 2-1 lead five minutes later with an unassisted score.

Senior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) put away another feed by McGilloway at 17:42, giving the Bears a 3-1 lead and prompting Penn to call a timeout.

The Quakers came out of the break with a sense of urgency and back-to-back goals by Erin Brennan in a span of two minutes tied the score at 3-3 with 8:33 left in the half.

Penn would close the half with three goals in the final seven minutes to take a 6-3 lead into the break. A goal by Tory Bensen just 6:13 into the second half capped the run and gave the Quakers a 7-3 lead.

Freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) ended the Penn scoring spree when she connected on a free position shot at 9:36 to bring the Bears to within 7-4, but Penn responded with three straight goals to hold a 10-4 lead with just under 15 minutes left to play.

Waterman's second of the day closed the lead to five at the 23:28 mark, but that was as close as Brown would get, as Penn scored two more goals in the last four minutes to account for the 12-5 final.

For the game, Penn held a 30-15 advantage in shots, while Brown won the ground ball battle, 22-16. Both teams collected nine draw controls.

Emily Leitner came up big in the cage for the Quakers, stopping six shots, including four in the second half, while junior Isabel Harvey (Baltimore, MD) made seven saves (10 goals against) in 52:26, before giving way to senior Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA), who had one save (2 goals against) in the final 7:34.

Hudgins and Caldwell led the Bears with five ground balls each, while Waterman and Caldwell each had two draw controls to lead Brown. Caldwell led Brown with two caused turnovers. The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 27th, when they host Yale in their 2011 season finale. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

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PROVIDENCE The path to the title may not have been the easiest or most desirable for Penn, but at the end of the seven-game Ivy League schedule the Red and Blue can once again call themselves Ivy League champions.

With a 12-5 win over Brown on a cold, rainy and windy day at Stevenson Field the Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) clinched a fifth consecutive Ivy title the third time in Ivy history a school has won at least a share of five league titles (Harvard 1981-85 and 1987-93). Overall, the championship is Penn's seventh all-time (1980, 1982, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

The victory, coupled with Dartmouth's win over Princeton in Hanover, ensures that the Ivy League Tournament will once again be contested at Franklin Field, with the Quakers holding tiebreakers over Dartmouth and Harvard the two teams with the potential to tie Penn atop the Ivy League. The Ivy League Tournament will start May 6 with the semifinals and conclude May 8 with the championship game.

A first-half deficit for the Quakers was left in the rear-view mirror thanks to a 9-1 run put together by the Red and Blue after the midway point of the first half. That run, turned a 3-1 Brown lead into a 10-4 Penn lead and the Quakers never looked back.

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