March 16, 2011

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No. 4 Penn Pulls Away from Rutgers

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Balanced scoring was the name of the game for No. 4 Penn in a 9-6 win over Rutgers in New Jersey on Wednesday night as the Quakers received goals from seven different players to improve their season record to 5-0.

Erin Brennan led the way for the Red and Blue with two goals and an assist, her second goal coming with 5:25 to play in the game and giving Penn an all-important two-goal lead. The insurance goal came just 11 seconds after Ali Steinber was sent off for a yellow card, putting Rutgers a player down. 1:02 later, Tory Bensen added Penn's ninth goal to seal the win.

The Quakers were economical on their shots in the second half, scoring three goals on four shots. Rutgers had climbed back within one goal, making the score 7-6 with 8:35 to play before Penn stopped any hope of a comeback with the two late goals.

Marlena Walsh had a big evening for the Scarlet Knights, scoring three goals and adding an assist, but her effort was not enough to overcome the evenly-balanced Penn attack.
Giulia Giordano started the scoring for the Red and Blue with her ninth goal of the season on an unassisted strike 3:01 into the game. That goal came after Rutgers missed on two free position shots wide followed by an Emily Leitner save - all in the first 1:45 of the game.

The Scarlet Knights then took the lead with two goals in a span of 2:06 from Katherine Marino and Kristen Anderson. That was the only lead Rutgers would have on the night as Allie Martin scored her first collegiate goal just before the midway point of the game on an assist from Bridget Waclawik, the goal coming on a set play off a free position attempt.

The two teams traded goals over the next 12 minutes, with each side scoring twice to make the game a 7-7 affair with under six to play in the first half. The Red and Blue would score twice in the final five minutes, with Brennan finding twine with 4:42 left on an unassisted goal and Bensen then closing the half with a strike just 20 seconds away from the halftime break.

The second half opened much like the first did, with Rutgers missing two free position attempts and Leitner making a big save. Waclawik followed with a goal 9:02 into the half to make the score 7-4. And just like an opening salvo from Penn did in the first 30 minutes, Waclawik's goal sprung Rutgers to life as the Scarlet Knights scored twice to climb within one with 8:35 to play.

Leitner finished with four saves, including three in the second half as she continued her stellar second-period play. Martin finished with two draw controls to go with her goal while Bunting was a pressurized force in the midfield with four caused turnovers and two ground balls. For the Scarlet Knights, Shawn Lopez had four draw controls while Steinber had three. Perhaps the most telling stat in reference to the final outcome was Rutgers' 1-6 output on free positions.

The Quakers will look to run their record to 6-0 this season when they host Yale on Saturday afternoon in an Ivy League game at Franklin Field at noon.


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