Penn Picks up Ivy Victory at Columbia

NEW YORK, N.Y. Over the past 16 seasons, Penn has had control if its series with Ivy rival Columbia, winning each match-up. On Saturday, the Quakers extended that streak to 17 with a 13-8 win over the Lions in the Big Apple. The five-goal margin of victory is tied for the third-smallest in a Penn win over Columbia, showing just how dominant the Quakers have been in the all-time series.

The win keeps Penn mired in a three-way tie atop the Ivy League standings, Dartmouth and Princeton joining the Quakers with 4-0 marks inside the Ancient Eight. Penn, 6-4 overall this season, will do its part to break that logjam atop the Ivy table with its next two games against the Big Green and Tigers.

Caroline Bunting, Shannon Mangini and Courtney Tomchik led the scoring for the Quakers, each recording a hat trick. Tory Bensen added two goals and five ground balls. Maddie Poplawski led all players with five draw controls, adding a goal, tow caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Lucy Ferguson made 10 saves in the win, bolstered on defense by Meg Markham who had a caused turnover to go with four draw controls. Meredith Cain was a force on the ground, scooping up a game-high six ground balls

The Quakers never trailed in the game, and after Columbia closed within one goal at 2-1 with 18:26 left in the first half, the Lions were never within one score the rest of the way.

Iris Williamson scored on her first shot of the game, connecting for her only goal of the day on a free position 5:12 into the contest. That goal was one of just two free position strikes for the Quakers, as Penn let opportunities slip away from the eight-meter line. The Red and Blue had nine total free position attempts, with just the two goals to show for it. In the end, Penn's two free position goals matched the two scored by Columbia, the lions much more efficient from the hash with two goals on just two free position attempts.

A little over three minutes later, Shannon Mangini scored her first of the day on the rebound of a saved free position. She picked up the ground ball one of three in the game for her and scored quickly to give Penn a two-goal lead.

Columbia finally scored at the 11:34 mark on a free position, Ashley Rinere connecting for the Lions.

The Quakers followed up their first allowed goal of the game with a 4-0 run to pull away for a five-goal lead. Mangini started the run with a goal at 17:16 after Tory Bensen forced a turnover. It took over eight minutes for the next goal, but it came off the stick of Bunting after Ferguson had come up with two stops on the defensive end. Bensen would score her first of the game 1:10 later on the man-advantage after a Columbia yellow card. Maddie Poplawski would finish the run with her only goal of the game with 1:15 left in the first half.

The Quakers would not be able to go into the half on that run, though, as Kacie Johnson did her part to get the Lions back in the game. She scored two of her game-high five goals 16 seconds apart to bring the Lions within three at the break. Her first goal came with 32 seconds left in the half and her second came right off the ensuing draw.

Tomchik would get one of those goals back immediately at the start of the second half for Penn, scoring on a free position attempt just 23 seconds into the second period. The goal was one of three in the second half for Tomchik.

Just passed the ten minute mark of the second half, Johnson scored her fourth of the game, closing Penn's lead to two for the final time at 8-6. From there, Penn would go on a 5-2 run over the final 19:08 of play, stuffing any thoughts of a Columbia upset. Ferguson would shut the door with two saves in the final minute to allow the Red and Blue to run out the clock.

The Quakers will be home for their next two games, both crucial Ivy contests. Up first is Dartmouth on Friday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. The game is Senior Night for the Quakers and will be played at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.

2013-04-06



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