No. 15 Penn Tops Cornell for 8th Straight Ivy Championship

ITHACA, N.Y. Despite outscoring No. 15 Penn 4-2 in the second half, Cornell dropped its final regular season Ivy League game of the year, 10-8. The Big Red drops to 7-8 overall (4-3 Ivy) as the Quakers improve to 9-4 (6-1 Ivy).

Lindsay Toppe and Chelsea Rowe scored the first two goals of the game to put Cornell up 2-0 early in the first half before Lindsey Smith got the Quakers on the board. Toppe then scored her second to keep the Big Red up, 3-1.

The momentum didn't last long as Penn went on a 7-0 run, leaving Cornell scoreless for 23:22. During that run for the Quakers, Tory Bensen tallied three goals and Nina Corcoran chipped in one goal and three assists. Sarah Barcia also scored twice. With 16 seconds left before the intermission, Toppe scored her third of the game off a pass from Amanda D'Amico to take an 8-4 deficit into the locker room.

Penn outshot the Big Red 14-6 in the first half and was a perfect 9 for 9 on clear attempts.

Coming out of the intermission, Barcia and Bensen tallied one more goal each to give Penn a 10-4 lead with 23:40 left to play. After calling a timeout with 23:40 left to play, the Big Red went on a 4-0 run with goals by Rachel Moody, Shelby McNeilly, Rowe and Amanda D'Amico to put Cornell down by just two goals with 7:12 remaining.

Cornell called a timeout with 6:45 left and despite a few chances to score, the Quakers took possession and held the ball in the Big Red's defensive end for the final two minutes to assure the victory.

At the final tally, draw controls were even at 10 with Sarah Hefner winning six by herself for the Big Red. Penn held the advantage in shots (21-17), ground balls (8-4) and was a perfect 13 for 13 on clear attempts. The Big Red was 8 for 11 on clears.

Nina Corcoran led the Quakers' offense with two goals and three assists. Tory Bensen scored four goals and Sarah Barcia chipped in two. Lindsey Smith also scored. Lucy Ferguson tallied three saves for Penn.

Cornell was led by Lindsay Toppe, who had three goals and one assist and Amanda D'Amico added one goal and two assists. Chelsea Rowe added two goals and Rachel Moody and Shelby McNeilly each scored once. Carly Gniewek had five stops in the crease for the Big Red.

The Big Red will enter the Ivy League Tournament semifinals as the four- seed and will travel to Princeton to take on the one-seed Tigers next Friday, May 2nd for a 7:00 p.m. game. The championship game will be played Sunday, May 4th at noon and will feature the winners of the Cornell-Princeton and Penn-Harvard games.

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ITHACA Eight is great! No. 15 Penn negated a slow start with an eight-goal run in the first half, building an 8-3 lead over host Cornell, and that cushion was enough for a 10-8 win to secure an eighth consecutive Ivy League championship for the Quakers.

Penn's eighth Ivy title in a row is a new record for consecutive women's lacrosse championships by an Ivy team, breaking the previous record held by Harvard which won seven in a row from 1987-93. In terms of Penn programs, women's lacrosse is now tied with men's fencing (1975-76 through 1982-83) for most consecutive Ivy championships by a Penn team.

The Quakers found themselves in a hole early after Cornell scored twice in a span of 30 seconds to take a quick 2-0 lead. Lindsey Toppe struck first on a free position 2:13 in and Chelsea Rowe followed shortly thereafter. Lindsey Smith netted the first goal for Penn at the 3:39 mark, but Toppe answered next for Cornell at 5:22 to give Cornell a 3-1 lead.

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