Penn Prevails Against Yale in Ivy Action

“Nicole had an unbelievable game,” said Phillips. “Not just the goals, but also the draw controls. She's just a fighter. She fought the whole game.”

Two minutes later, Rhodes drew a double team and passed to sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson, who took one fake and then shot low to make the score 10-8 with 3:19 left. That prompted another Penn timeout.

Sherrill then chased down the ensuing draw control deep in Yale territory. But any chance the Bulldogs had of creeping closer was negated by a turnover, which enabled Penn to take some more time off the clock before Cain scored to make it 11-8 with 2:17 to play. The Quakers then spent most of the final two minutes stalling after winning the draw control, with Williamson scoring her fourth goal of the game to make the final 12-8. McMullan finished with seven saves.

Pushing the Quakers -- who have won or shared six straight Ivy League championships -- up until the final minutes gives Yale reason for optimism as the season nears the halfway mark and five league games remain.

“So many parts of the game are there for us,” said Phillips. “I couldn't be any more proud of our effort.”

Yale visits Harvard for another Ivy League game next Saturday.

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