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NCAA women’s first round: Penn bows in 2OT, Princeton advances

Saturday, 11th May 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/11/19
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In a tense, taut NCAA Championship first-round game that featured eight ties and needed nearly nine minutes of sudden-victory overtime to be decided, the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team fell to Georgetown, 13-12.

With the loss, Penn’s season ends at 12-6. Georgetown (12-8) moves on to a second-round game against fifth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday at 3 p.m., and in the process avenged a one-goal loss to the Quakers during the regular season. Penn was 6-0 in one-goal games prior to Friday’s loss.

Both teams had their chances in the overtime sessions, but it was Georgetown’s Taylor Gebhardt who put this game to rest. Her seventh goal of the day came with just two seconds left in the third three-minute extra session.

*Sophomore Elyse Decker led the charge offensively for Penn with five goals, marking a new season high and tying her career high set as a freshman.

*Gabby Rosenzweig’s six assists are a new career high for the junior and the most for a Penn player since Emily Rogers-Healion had seven last season against Rutgers.

*With 63 assists on the year, Rosenzweig is now Penn’s single-season assists leader, surpassing Nina Corcoran’s mark of 58 set in 2016. Rosenzweig already set the program record for single-season points earlier this year, ending her junior campaign with 98.

*Zoe Belodeau had three goals and two assists for five points.

*Penn’s scoring unit was rounded out by two goals from Erin Barry, and a score apiece from Madison Jiranek and Taylyn Stadler.

*Freshman Krissy Kowalski entered the game in the first half in goal for the Quakers, boasting an admirable performance with seven saves.

*With the loss, Penn drops to 14-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The loss is the Quakers’ first to Georgetown since 2012, as Penn’s overall record against the Hoyas drops to 6-2.

Princeton 19, Wagner 7

The rainbow that appeared after the between-games showers wasn’t the only pretty sight on Sherrerd Field Friday night.

The Princeton women’s lacrosse team was dominant from the start of its NCAA tournament first round game against Wagner, playing a nearly flawless first half to build a 10-goal lead en route to a 19-7 win over the Northeast Conference champs. The win was Princeton’s 10th on the season and snapped Wagner’s seven-game run.

Princeton’s 14-4 halftime lead came after an opening 30 minutes that saw the Tigers outshoot Wagner 29-10 and turn it over only three times to the 13 that the Seahawks did. Princeton was perfect clearing the ball for the night, including 10 for 10 in the first half, while Wagner had six first-half failed clears against the relentless Princeton ride.

“It was great to come out and take control and get a win,” said Princeton head coach Chris Sailer. “No NCAA game is ever easy. Wagner is an outstanding team. We saw them on film and they were very impressive on both ends of the field. We wanted to get out to a fast start, and we were able to do that.”

The win also advanced Princeton to the second round Sunday at 1 p.m., also on Sherrred Field, against Loyola, who was equally as impressive in defeating Richmond 19-6 in Friday’s first game. The winner of that game advances to next weekend’s quarterfinals.

After the Greyhounds finished off Richmond and the teams for Game 2 started to warm up, there was a quick, but heavy rain, which then gave way to a rainbow that loomed over the opening draw of the Princeton-Wagner game. By the time the rainbow vanished Princeton had built that 14-4 lead at the break.

Tess D’Orsi led the way for the Tigers, scoring a career-high seven goals and adding an assist for an eight-point night.

Princeton had eight different players score in the game, including a three-goal night from Kathryn Hallett. Kyla Sears had two goals and two assists, and Allie Rogers and Izzy Mangan had two goals each as well.


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