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Three-time WLAX Champs Get Penn-alized

Friday, April 17, 2009

Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

The No. 4 Penn women's lacrosse team did what no other team could in 36 games--beat No. 1 Northwestern. The Quakers shut out the three-time defending national champion in the second half to take away a 11-7 victory. Penn also kept true to its 10-goal limit; no team this season has scored more than 10 goals on the Quakers.

Just one week removed from hoisting the Ivy League trophy at Franklin Field, the Quakers (13-1) finally exacted revenge on the Wildcats. For the seniors the win had been three years and four games in the making, including Penn's only two losses in 2007.

In the beginning, it looked like it would be a back-and-forth, whoever has the ball last wins type of game. NU opened the scoring with a goal at 23:51, but two minutes later Rachel Manson found Giordano to tie. The Wildcats answered that with a breakaway from the draw to score nine seconds later. With 9:17 left in the half, Melissa Lehman tied the game at 4-4 when she converted a free position shot.

Northwestern kicked up its game and scored three unanswered goals and seemed ready to carry a three-goal lead into the break. Allison Ambrozy spoiled that with a goal from Manson with 37 seconds. Northwestern was awarded a free position shot with one second left in the half, but goalkeeper Sarah Waxman came up with a big save. It was one of seven save the senior made in the game.

Penn carried that momentum to the second half and scored three goals in the first three and a half minutes to take the lead. Senior Chelsea Kocis scored with 24:25 to go and Giordano completed her hat trick putting Penn up three with just more than 21 minutes.

Ambrozy completed her trifecta with a goal from Lehman at 7:51.

After taking 16 shots in the first half, and converting seven of them to goals, NU took just four shots in the second and was scoreless for the final 32:35 of the game. Meanwhile, Penn converted on six of 10 shots in the second period.

Northwestern's leading scorer Hilary Bowen scored three goals and Hannah Nielsen tacked on three assists in the game. Goalie Morgan Lathrop made six saves.

The Quakers win avenged a 12-2 loss to the Wildcats in the semifinals of the 2007 NCAA women's lacrosse championships.

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