Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/13
Over the past 16 seasons, the Penn women’s lacrosse team has had control of its series with Ivy rival Columbia, winning each matchup. On Saturday, the Quakers extended that streak to 17 with a 13-8 win over the Lions in the Big Apple.
The five-goal margin of victory is tied for the third-smallest in a Penn win over Columbia, showing just how dominant the Quakers have been in the all-time series.
The win keeps Penn mired in a three-way tie atop the Ivy League standings, Dartmouth and Princeton joining the Quakers with 4-0 marks inside the Ancient Eight. Penn, 6-4 overall this season, will do its part to break that logjam atop the Ivy table with its next two games against the Big Green and Tigers.
Caroline Bunting, Shannon Mangini and Courtney Tomchik led the scoring for the Quakers, each recording a hat trick. Tory Bensen added two goals and five ground balls. Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) led all players with five draw controls, adding a goal, tow caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Lucy Ferguson made 10 saves in the win, bolstered on defense by Meg Markham who had a caused turnover to go with four draw controls. Meredith Cain was a force on the ground, scooping up a game-high six ground balls
The Quakers never trailed in the game, and after Columbia closed within one goal at 2-1 with 18:26 left in the first half, the Lions were never within one score the rest of the way.
Princeton 14, Yale 9
Senior Jaci Gassaway had a five-goal game to lead the No. 18 Tigers to a win over Yale.
The Tigers are now 7-3 on the season and remain unbeaten in the Ivy League at 4-0.
Lafayette 13, Bucknell 8
The Leopards jumped out to a 7-3 lead at halftime and never looked back, cruising to a critical victory over the Bison. The Leopards are currently tied for fourth in the Patriot League standings with two league contests remaining.
A season-high five goals from junior Laura Kleiber paced the Leopards’ offense as senior Addie Godfrey and junior Ana White (Strath Haven) each added three scores and one assist, respectively. Seniors Jessica Rothstein (Harriton) and Katie Leto also notched tallies for the Maroon and White.