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College wrap: Penn women clinch third straight Ivy League crown

Sunday, 19th April 2009

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/19/09

    Penn scored 13 second-half goals Saturday and clinched its third straight Ivy League women’s lacrosse championship by downing host Brown, 14-4.

    With the win, the third-ranked Quakers finished off their third straight undefeated Ivy League campaign at 7-0. Penn has won 22 Ivy contests in a row, which ties the conference’s longest streak in nearly 20 years — Dartmouth won 22 straight from 1997 to 2000, before losing its 2001 Ivy League opener to Yale.

    Five women scored more than once for Penn, led by Courtney Lubbe (Council Rock North), who had three. Freshman Erin Brennan scored twice and added two assists, while Giulia Giordano had two goals and an assist.

    To say that the women got off to a slow start Saturday would be an understatement; though they outshot the Bears, 9-3, the Quakers need more than 24 minutes to get on the board. Brown was hardly much better, getting a goal from Kelly Robinson with 19:20 left in the half and Jesse Nunn four minutes later but nothing else. Ali DeLuca finally scored to break Penn’s skein, but the score was 2-1 Bears at the break.

    Once Penn found its offensive legs in the second half, the run was lethal. Lubbe scored just 3:09 into the second, and less than a minute later Brennan gave the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish. Lubbe need just 39 seconds to double Penn’s lead, and then 1:40 later Samantha Bird scored to make it 5-2.

    Brown’s Alexa Caldwell broke the run, but Penn responded with the next nine goals to eliminate any doubt. Penn outshot Brown, 20-4, for a 29-7 advantage in the game. Emily Szelest started in goal for Penn and had three saves in 52 minutes, while Emily Leitner went the rest of the way.

    Saturday’s win sets up a showdown next weekend at No. 1 Northwestern. That game will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA finalists.

Division II

Adelphi 22, Philadelphia University 4

Dominican 20, Holy Family 14

Division III

Gwynedd Mercy 16, Cabrini 14

    The Griffins put themselves in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage with a tough Colonial States Athletic Conference win over the Cavaliers.

    Shannon Carabba (Springfield-Montco) led all scorers with five goals as the teams were neck-and-neck the entire game as no team led by more than two goals. Colleen Dellostretto (Upper Moreland) scored just one goal, but her tally with just over five minutes in regulation turned out to be the game winner, breaking a 14-14 tie.

    Carabba added her last tally to give the Griffins (10-4, 5-1 CSAC) its biggest lead of the game, a two-goal edge, with 4:54 left.

    Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley) led the Cavs (9-4, 6-1 CSAC) with four goals. Jacqueline McDermott (Ridley) added three.

    Trisha Timony made 19 saves in the win. Victoria Geppert (Pennridge), Gwynedd’s lone senior who also scored three times and added an assist, was honored by her teammates prior to the game.

    With the win, the Griffins gain the tie-breaker and inch closer to the top seed in next weekend’s CSAC Tournament. They’ll have to win at Notre Dame on Monday to do so.

Franklin & Marshall 20, Haverford College 5

Eastern 15, Wilkes 5

McDaniel 15, Bryn Mawr 1

FDU-Florham 20, Arcadia 5

Lycoming 23, Widener 11

Gettysburg 16, Ursinus 3

Neumann 18, Credar Crest 10


Villanova 16, Robert Morris 11

    The 19th ranked Wildcats (9-4, 3-2 CAA) recorded their third conference win as they defeated Robert Morris (8-7, 1-4 CAA). Tim Langan led Villanova with three goals and an assist while senior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto recorded the first goal of his career and made 11 saves.

St. Joe’s 9, Marist 7

Maryland 9, Penn 2

Drexel 10, Sacred Heart 4

Penn State 9, Rutgers 4

Division III

Haverford 13, McDaniel 12, OT

Ursinus 11, Dickinson 7

Cabrini 21, Shenandoah 1

Gettysburg 16, Swarthmore 5

Centenary 15, Immaculata 11

Lycoming 8, Widener 4

Gwynedd_Mercy 11, Neumann 6

Washington & Jefferson 17, Penn State Abington 1



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