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Ivy League semifinals: @PennWomensLax defeats Harvard in 2OT, to face @PrincetonWLax Sunday for title

Friday, 2nd May 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/2/14
From Press Release

A back-and-forth Ivy League semifinal needed double overtime to decide a winner, and the winning goal came off the stick of Penn’s leading scorer Tory Bensen just under a minute into the sudden-victory period to give the Quakers a 10-9 win over Harvard Friday at Princeton.

Bensen scored her fourth goal of the game to send Penn to its fourth Ivy League Tournament championship game, scoring on the only shot of the second overtime beating her defender along the left post and sending a shot past Kelly Weiss to set off a wild celebration for the Quakers.

Penn advances to its fourth Ivy League Tournament championship game, taking on Princeton. The Quakers are 2-1 all-time in championship games and are the defending champions. First draw is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Just the second double overtime period in Ivy League Tournament history, the Quakers needed to rally in the first session just to force the second overtime period. Harvard had scored with just 17 seconds left in the opening three-minute stretch, Kyleigh Keating connecting after the Crimson had won the opening draw.

Lely DeSimone forced more extra lacrosse with her second goal of the game – almost 62 minutes of game time after her first goal – as she scored on a free position with 1:22 left in the opening overtime.

A frantic finish to regulation saw Harvard score twice in the final 3:43 to tie the game and send it to overtime. The equalizer came with 3.5 seconds left on the clock as Chelsey Newman deposited a Megan Hennessey pass. It appeared the Quakers would hold on as Sophia Capone had a free position attempt with 15.3 seconds to play blocked, but the Crimson quickly regrouped and struck to send the game to overtime.

With the nation’s eighth-best scoring defense, it was fitting that it was the defensive unit who came up large in the crucial moments for the Quakers as they mounted a comeback to start the second half. The Red and Blue quickly turned a 5-3 halftime deficit into a lead in the second half, and goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson made two big saves with less than eight minutes to play to make it stand up. Her first stop in succession came on a free possession off the stick of Megan Hennessey and then she denied Audrey Todd thirty seconds later.

Penn found its offensive rhythm in the second half, scoring the first four goals of the period to erase a halftime deficit and build an insurmountable lead. Tory Bensen had two goals in the run, including one 3:35 into the second half and another at the 42:54 mark of the game to give Penn a 7-5 lead. In between, Nina Corcoran scored the tying goal just under two minutes following Bensen’s first of the half and Catherine Dickinson netted a goal to give Penn the lead.

Princeton 12, Cornell 5

Junior Erin McMunn had a career-high seven goals, an Ivy League Tournament record, as No. 16 Princeton defeated Cornell in the Ivy League semifinal on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers will face Penn in the championship game on Sunday at noon.

McMunn is just six goals away from her 100th career goal. Also nearing a milestone is junior Erin Slifer, who had two assists today and is two points shy of her 100th career point. Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli matched her career-best of three assists. Freshman Olivia Hompe had a three-point game with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno had a goal and an assist and classmate Anya Gersoff sored twice. On the defensive end, junior Annie Woehling (Radnor) made a season-high 10 saves in goal.

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