Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/5/10
Senior Ali DeLuca may not have been the high scorer for No. 6 Penn in a 19-7 win over host Columbia Sunday in Ivy League women’s lacrosse, but her second goal of the game was the most memorable.
With 8:30 remaining in the game, DeLuca broke out from behind the goal, circling to her right and beat her defender while firing a shot past Columbia’s Karlee Blank. It was something DeLuca has done numerous times in a Penn uniform – 130 now to be exact – but that goal did more than give Penn (9-2, 4-0) a 17-6 lead.
DeLuca’s goal was the 130th of her career, breaking the school record for career goals, which had sat at 129 since 1983 when Sherry Marcantonio set the bar. In the 27 seasons since Marcantonio established the record, only five other players have eclipsed the century mark. The closest to reaching the record was Rachel Manson who scored 116 goals from 2005-08. DeLuca entered this season with 100 career goals and needed just 11 games to set a new standard for career goal scoring at Penn.
“I tried to not to focus on the record too much,” DeLuca said after the game. “Today, it was more about if it is there then great, but if not hopefully someone on our team is scoring goals.”
For a while, it was DeLuca’s teammates who carried the Quakers. After a sluggish start which saw Columbia hop out to a 4-2 lead after 15:52 of play, the Red and Blue stormed back with a 12-0 run to take a 14-4 lead just 2:35 into the second half. Over that span, seven different Penn players scored a goal and five had an assist. For the game, Penn had 10 different goal scorers and 11 players with at least one point.
Those teammates were not around simply for moral support on Sunday. They were clicking on all cylinders offensively after the early struggles. Emma Spiro and Erin Brennan each had four goals. Brennan added an assist to tie with Courtney Lubbe (Council Rock North/2G, 3A) and Giulia Giordano (2G, 3A) for the game-high in points.
Megan Smith (Henderson) and Meredith Cain each finished with a goal and an assist. For Cain, the points were the first of her collegiate career. Caroline Connor also recorded her first collegiate point, an assist on Brennan’s fourth goal. Caroline Bunting had a goal for Penn as did defender Barb Seaman. For the senior leader in the backfield for Penn, it was the first goal of the season on a nice passing play with Smith in the first half.
Louisville 17, Longwood 10
Bergan Fopley (Gwynedd mercy Academy) poured in six goals to key the win for the Cardinals (7-3).
Stanford 12, Cal 7
Julie Christy (Conestoga) had two goals and an assist to lead the Cardinal (8-4, 2-0) to the Mountain Pacific win.