Penn Denies Dartmouth to Stay Unbeaten in Ivy Play

Penn would make the Big Green pay for a run of fouls, Iris Williamson scoring on a free position with 11:22 remaining after four consecutive fouls from Dartmouth. Four minutes later, Tory Bensen picked up a ground ball and hit a streaking Bunting for the hat trick and game-winner.

The win is redemption of sorts after the Big Green defeated the Quakers twice last season including a 6-4 win in the Ivy League Tournament title game at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field. The win guarantees that the Quakers will finish with at least five Ivy League wins in a season for the seventh consecutive year. Prior to 2007, Penn had reached five Ivy wins in a season just twice in 27 years of Ancient Eight play.

The Class of 2013 was vital in Penn's win their 42nd as a group and 12 home Ivy League win (12-1 home Ivy record). Caroline Bunting had a caused turnover and two ground balls to go with her hat trick. Maddie Poplawski had two goals and seven draw controls, while Meredith Cain had one goal and a draw control. Kelly McCallion, in her first start of the season was a catalyst early with a big ground ball off a scrum at midfield and two free position attempts earned.

The draw control game just like the final score was close and decided by one goal. Penn won nine the game to eight for Dartmouth, the Quakers single-handedly led by Poplawski. Penn's all-time leader in draw controls added to her record with seven, closing in on the Ivy League's all-time standard for success on the circle. She currently sits at 162 draw controls, one behind the Ivy's career record holder Dartmouth's Taylor Gattinella (2009-12).

Lucy Ferguson made seven saves in the win, including five in the second half. She was bolstered on the defensive side by Meg Markham who had two caused turnovers and four ground balls as well as Courtney Tomchik who had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

The Quakers will play for seventh consecutive Ivy League championship against Princeton on Wednesday night at Franklin Field with a 7:00 p.m. start.

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PHILADELPHIA Dartmouth battled and played another hard-fought one-goal contest, but fell to conference rival Penn, 8-7, Friday afternoon at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.

A back-and-forth affair saw the Big Green fight their way to two separate ties in the second half only to see the Quakers net two of the final three tallies to earn the one-goal victory.

For Dartmouth (8-4), it was the first Ivy League loss of 2013, having entered the match-up tied atop the league standings with both Penn and Princeton at 4-0. The Quakers (7-4) now hold the advantage in the race for the Ancient Eight title with a 5-0 conference record.

Junior Liz Calby, sophomore Sarah Byrne and freshman Jaclyn Leto all scored a pair of goals in the game for the visitors. Sophomore Christine Lushefski added the other marker, scoring the first of the second half for the Green.

Despite being saddled with the loss, junior goalkeeper Kristin Giovanniello turned aside a season-high 11 shots from the Penn offense, including making seven saves in the first half alone.

In addition to her two goals, Byrne added an assist for a career-high three points, while Hana Bowers was held without a score for the first time since last spring's regular-season finale, but did manage an assist on the afternoon.

The Quakers' attack ran through Caroline Bunting and Maddie Poplawski who had a combined five goals between the two with Bunting picking up the hat trick. Goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson had seven saves in the game with five coming in the final stanza as the Big Green looked to tie things up with a late offensive surge.

Friday marked the seventh one-goal game of the 2013 season in 12 total outings for the Green and White, who now boast a 5-2 mark in those contests.

Dartmouth will turn its attention to a Sunday matinee against No. 1 Maryland in College Park at noon before returning home next week for another Ivy League showdown with Princeton on Saturday, April 20 at Scully-Fahey Field (12:00 p.m.).

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