NEW YORK, NY 5/3/2019 – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse season continues. The next game is for the Ivy League Tournament title on Sunday. The Quakers get there with a tough 15 – 14 win over the Big Green of Dartmouth in the first semifinal game, avenging an earlier defeat this season. This game was in doubt until the end, but Penn got the win. The next opponent will be arch-rival Princeton for the tournament championship.
“Our team played with a lot of heart,” said Penn Coach Karin Corbett. “Ever since our loss to Dartmouth we’ve been playing a lot better. A lot more focus, a lot more fire, and fight, and that’s what we needed today.”
Penn got there behind a 5-goal performance by midfielder Erin Barry, who has 33 goals this season. Barry had three scores in the second half and the last one turned out to be the game winner.
“She plays with so much heart all over the field,” Corbett said about the performance of Barry. “She was determined to have our team win today. She was middie of the year in our league and she showed it.”
Early in the game Penn got control with a four goal outburst to take a 7 – 3 lead. Dartmouth charged back.
The Quakers took an 8 – 7 lead into halftime. The Big Green had more shots (22 – 16), more draw controls (11- 5), and more free position opportunities (5 – 4). But Penn caused more turnovers to keep Dartmouth away. When they did get a chance to score Quakers goal keeper Mikaila Cheeseman stood tall making 10 saves on 17 Big Green shots on goal.
Cheeseman turned in 13 saves facing 34 shots, 27 on goal.
“She (Cheeseman) kept us in the game in the first half and had a really nice game, ” Corbett said.
That trend continued in the second stanza. The Quakers led 10 – 9, then got the next three, then stretched the advantage to 14 – 10 with 7:44 on the clock. The Big Green did not go away getting three goals in a row to pull to within 14 – 13 with just under four and a half minutes to play. Barry gave the Red and Blue the decisive 15th goal at the 2:41 mark.
Gabby Rosenzweig and Zoe Belodeau added 3 goals apiece with Rosenzweig recording 4 assists.
Kierra Sweeney had 5 goals for Dartmouth and Elizabeth Mastrio found the back of the net 4 times.
Penn plays at 2 PM on Sunday at Columbia. An appearance in the Ivy final has meaning for this squad.
“It’s huge,” Corbett said. “We had two losses in the league so we were the third seed. “Having an Ivy League tournament and having a chance to play teams that you might have lost it is really exciting. Dartmouth is a strong team and my team showed a lot of fight.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian