Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/10/11
From Press Releases
A furious second-half rally in the opening minutes of the final period had No. 8 Penn thinking upset at No. 2 Northwestern today, but the comeback fell short in a 14-10 loss at Lakeside Field.
Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Penn (8-3) looked to junior Erin Brennan in the second half and the tri-captain came through with a natural hat trick in just 3:01 of game time to help Penn eventually tie the game at 7-7. The two teams then traded goals, with Meredith Cain scoring Penn’s eighth to tie the game once again at 8-8 with 17:35 to go.
That was as close as Penn would come as the Wildcats (12-0) scored five in a row to pull away.
Brennan finished with five points, moving seventh all-time on Penn’s scoring list with 136 points. Her four goals move her to 10th all-time by a Penn player with 83 career scores. Bridget Waclawik added three goals.
Allison Tatios (Bayard Rustin) had a goal, three caused turnovers, two draw controls and two ground balls. Caroline Bunting also had three caused turnovers and two ground balls while Giulia Giordano completed the trio of Penn players with three caused turnovers as the Quakers held a decided 15-5 edge in caused turnovers. Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) also scored once.
The team stats favored Penn in the midfield overall with a 22-12 advantage in ground balls and a 14-22 edge in turnovers committed. The draw controls were in favor of Northwestern, 19-7, with Alyssa Leonard having eight of them.
Colleen Magarity (Germantown Academy) had an assist and a draw control for the Wildcats. Ali Cassera had three goals to lead the balanced attack.
Goalie Emily Leitner finished with eight saves and five ground balls in goal to go with a caused turnover for Penn. LoManto had nine saves for the Wildcats and one ground ball.