PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/19/2017 – Junior Midfielder Alex Condon tied a career-high scoring 8 goals to lead the University of Pennsylvania to a 17 – 12 won over the Princeton Tigers at Franklin Field. Condon equaled her high for goals in a game set earlier this season against Johns Hopkins.
“Eight goals, you usually don’t get that,” said Condon. “I definitely think my team was seeing me open in the middle today. I was taking the shots and they were going in. It was great to have that.”
Condon took 13 shots in the game, 11 were on net. The Dunn Loring, VA. native also contributed 3 draw controls won and picked up 3 ground balls.
“She was on tonight and she was all over the field,” Brower Corbett said about the play of Condon. “I think she showed why she is one of the best middies in the league.”
Condon got the scoring started netting the ball 1:20 into the game. She also finished the scoring with a half minute left. The junior has 37 goals this season, and leads the Red and Blue with 48 points.
Penn started the game with a 2 – 0 lead, but Princeton tied the game just over seven minutes into the contest. The Quakers took control of the game scoring the next seven goals to lead 9 – 2 with 13:27 left in the first half. Condon scored the first two in the run and senior attacker Emily Rogers-Healion put in the next two. The Tigers broke the run with a score by midfielder Tess D’Orsi, who had 2 goals and an assist. Condon got that one back 59 seconds later. The start had a big impact on the game.
“It was huge,” Brower Corbett said. “They are a team when they are ahead early, they feed on that. It was nice to get a lead. Our shots were falling in the first half of the first half. We came out of the gates ready to go.”
Penn took a 10 – 5 lead into halftime. Condon got the first goal of the second half. After Princeton got the next two scores, the Red and Blue would score 4 straight and appeared to have control leading 15 – 7 at the 18:02 mark.
The Tigers would not go away and got to within 16 – 12 with 10 minutes left on back-to-back goals by midfielder Olivia Hompe, who scored a team-best 3 goals and 2 assists. Hompe has 50 goals this season. But the Quakers would show resolve by not giving up another score.
“The Penn – Princeton rivalry puts extra intensity on our game,” Condon said. “It outs extra focus when we come out on the field. We know they are a good team, and we needed to be focused to come out with a win.”
The #10 Quakers (11 – 2) move into a second place tie in the Ivy League along with #6 Princeton and Harvard, who Penn faces next in Boston. Cornell is still unbeaten in the conference. The Red and Blue, who clinched a tournament spot, are climbing up the ladder in the Ancient Eight.
“We know that every game matters now,” Brower Corbett said. “We lost to Cornell early and now we have to come in and win every game, and it will be a battle. I am proud of this team today.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian