No. 6 Penn Punches NCAA Ticket over Dartmouth in Ivy Final

Before the Big Green could clear their own defense end, Caroline Bunting picked off Dartmouth's clearing pass to allow Penn to run more time off the clock. Dartmouth would force one more turnover, and Frances Bird took a shot with 2:17 remaining but that was denied by Ferguson for her eighth save of the day and 20th of the tournament to set a new Ivy League Tournament record for saves over two games.

The final seconds were not without frantic moments, as Dartmouth pulled its goalie and looked to find a miracle. It appeared the Big Green would have another chance with 34 seconds remaining after a Penn foul, but the Big Green were offside. A throw resulted, and Meg Markham picked up that ground ball to run out the clock and send Penn's sideline into celebration mode.

The Quakers are the first team to win multiple Ivy League Tournament championships (2010, 2013) and improve to 2-1 all-time in Tournament finals. Penn's five wins in ILT play are most among any Ivy program. Penn will await its NCAA Tournament opponent which will be named Sunday night via the NCAA Selection Show on NCAA.com at 9:00 p.m. EST. The Tournament has expanded to 26 teams for 2013.

Notes: Lucy Ferguson set an ILT record for most saves in a single Tournament with 20 (19 Emily Leitner, Penn 2012; Erin Tochihara, Princeton 2011) ... Caroline Bunting tied an ILT record for most goals in a championship game with four (Liz Calby, Dartmouth 2013; Danielle Tetreault, Harvard 2011) ... Bunting's four goals are also tied for most in a single game during total tournament play ... The three-goal margin of victory is the largest in ILT history ... Meredith Cain became Penn's all-time leading scorer in ILT play with 15 points ... She will graduate as Penn's leader in ILT goals with 12.

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PHILADELPHIA In the cavernous expanse of Franklin Field, Dartmouth fell behind early and was unable to finish off a valiant second-half comeback bid Sunday afternoon, falling to top-seeded Penn, 10-7, in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game.

Junior Liz Calby scored four times and senior Hana Bowers added three as they made up all of the Big Green's scoring in the contest.

With Bowers' five goals from Friday's semifinal match-up with Princeton, her eight total tallies this weekend set a new Ivy League Tournament record, passing the old mark of seven set in 2011 by Princeton's Jaci Gassaway. Bowers' combined 10 points over the two games tied Ali DeLuca of Penn in 2010 for the most in a single tournament.

Dartmouth (10-7) will now wait to see if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with the announcement set for 9:00 p.m. tonight during the online selection show (NCAA.com).

The Big Green were bidding to become the tournament's first back-to-back winner after taking home the title against the Quakers (11-5) last season, but scoring just one goal in the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

With Penn holding a four-goal lead at intermission and a 6-1 advantage early in the second half, the Green and White answered back in the final frame, outscoring the home team, 6-5, in the period.

The final 15:04 of action saw Penn score just once, while Bowers netted her third of the day and with Calby scoring three of her four during the span.

However, four goals from Caroline Bunting and eight saves from goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson, in addition to an 11-8 advantage in draw controls, was the difference in the game as the Quakers claimed their second title in four years and the first since 2010.

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2013-05-05



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