Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/20/3
From Press Release
For the 14th time in program history, the No. 15 University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team is the Ivy League champion, claiming at least a share of the title after defeating No. 24 Princeton on Wednesday night at Franklin Field, 15-9.
With the victory, the Quakers moved to 9-4 for the season and remain untouched in conference play at 5-0 with two games remaining in the regular season. The win solidifies Penn as the top seed and host for the 2023 Ivy League tournament, which will take place in Penn Park the first weekend in May.
*Penn caused seven turnovers including a game-high three by senior Izzy Rohr (Episcopal Academy), who also added a game-high four ground balls.
*Penn claimed its 14th Ivy League title, the 12th under head coach Karin Corbett. It is the first championship for the Quakers since 2018.
*Four Quakers had four-point performances led by junior Maria Themelis with four goals. It’s her fourth game in the last seven games with four goals, as she has 25 for the season and has scored in the last 11 games.
*Senior Niki Miles posted a hat trick of finishes to go with an assist, as she extends her scoring streak to 14 games. She continues to lead the team in points and goals this year with 48 and 39, respectively.
*Senior Kennon Moon and sophomore Erika Chung wrapped up the four-point performances, each sending out three assists and adding a goal. Chung leads the team in assists this year with 26, sending out at least one in the last six contests.
*Penn won the draw game, 17-11, paced by sophomore Anna Brandt and Miles with six each while junior Aly Feeley added three.
*The Quakers held one of the top scoring teams in the league to just nine goals, the lowest total for the Tigers this season. Much of that can be credited to a strong backline and senior Kelly Van Hoesen in the net.
*Back in the net, Van Hoesen earned her ninth win of the year, making eight saves in 60 minutes of work.
How It Happened
The first quarter showed signs of being a close battle for the full 60 minutes, but the Quakers had different plans. Penn never trailed in the game, but the first frame saw three ties before sophomore Paige Lipman put her first touch on the first quarter to push the Quakers ahead for good the rest of the way, 5-4.
The score ignited a three-goal stretch that rolled into the second where Miles and Chung spread the advantage out to three, 7-4, by the 10:14 mark. The Tigers scored once in the quarter with 1:26 left to give Penn a two-goal lead at the half.
The initials 10 minutes of the third is when the Quakers put the game away. Themelis capped off her hat trick to kick off a six-goal run that shut the door on Princeton the rest of the way. Julia Chai, Natasha Gorriaran, Moon, and Gracie Smith all scored in the stretch to push the Penn advantage to 13-5 before the Tigers finally found the back of the net with 3:48 remaining in the quarter.
Leaving no doubt, Themelis added her fourth before the end of the quarter and Miles added her hat trick in the fourth.
Mckenzie Blake (Haddonfield) had two goals for Princeton.