Amid Allegations, Penn Women Beat Georgetown
from staff reports
On a day when reports of an out-of-control party at a Philadelphia bar allegedly involving the Penn women's lacrosse team broke, the No. 10 Quakers beat Georgetown 8-6 at the McDonogh School in Baltimore. Penn's regular lineup played as the school investigates the allegations.
Trailing 4-3 at the half, Penn scored three times early in the
second half to take a 6-4 lead. Catherine Dickinson, Iris
Williamson and Nina Corcoran each scored in the rapid-fire run for
the Red and Blue, Williamson adding an assist on Dickinson’s
goal as Penn took a 6-4 lead with 9:50 elapsed in the second half.
Lely DeSimone netted her third of the game and then Sarah Barcia
would add a fifth consecutive goal for the Quakers with 15:23 to
play, scoring her sixth of the season to give Penn an 8-4 lead.
Penn needed that run to stave off the Hoyas, as Georgetown scored the game’s next two goals, including a free position from Kelyn Freedman with 5:22 to play. The Hoyas won the ensuing draw, but a Freedman shot was saved by Lucy Ferguson with 4:24 to play and a following attempt from Freedman with 3:46 to play hit the post and found the stick of Allie Martin who secured the ground ball.
With the win, Penn improves to 6-2 this season while the Hoyas fall to 3-7 with its sixth straight loss.
The first half was back and forth, neither team leading by more than a goal. The Hoyas struck first, Kelyn Freedman connecting 1:45 into the game for her 17th goal of the season.
The Quakers would net the next two goals of the game, Nina Corcoran tying the game 10 minutes after Georgetown had originally taken the lead and Lely DeSimone scoring 19:06 into the game to give the Quakers their first lead of the game, 2-1.
The Hoyas retook the lead on two goals just 2:31 apart late in the half, Meghan Farrell scoring first for her 14th of the season and Colleen Lovett following with 4:24 to play in the opening period. Those goals gave Georgetown a 3-2 lead.
DeSimone connected 1:51 after the Hoyas had taken the lead, scoring her second of the game with 2:33 to play in the first half to again tie the game.
The Hoyas had a prime chance to take the lead before halftime after Meg Markham was sent off for a yellow card with just over two minutes remaining, and it looked like a caused turnover and ground ball from Sarah Barcia would negate the extra-man attempt. Georgetown rebounded with a caused turnover of its own, picking off a Penn pass with just over a minute remaining in the half. After a Hoyas timeout, Freedman found herself open with five seconds remaining in the half and scored to give Georgetown a 4-3 lead entering the break.
The Quakers, who entered the game averaging 7.9 draw controls-per-game to 13.4 for the Hoyas, had an edge on the draw in the game, winning nine to seven for Georgetown. It was a team effort for the Quakers as seven different players won at least one draw control, led by Lindsey Smith and Meg Markham who each had two.
The Quakers return to Franklin Field to host No. 8 Northwestern on April 6 at 1 p.m. as part of Alumni Weekend.
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