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Penn's Brennan, Harvard's Weis Earn Final Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Complete Women's Lacrosse Weekly Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Harvard and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The field for the 2012 Ivy League women’s lacrosse has been set, after a flurry of excitement over the final week of the regular season. First, No. 10 Penn (6-1 Ivy) upended No. 17 Princeton (4-3 Ivy), 13-8, to grab at least a share of its sixth-straight title. But the Quakers would have to wait to find out if they were hosting or traveling for the postseason. After Harvard’s (5-2 Ivy) 7-5 upset of No. 11 Dartmouth (5-2 Ivy), Penn could put away its luggage knowing that it was hosting the League’s Tournament for the third-straight year thanks to earning its first outright title since 2010.

Cornell (5-2 Ivy) defeated Brown, 16-8, to return to the postseason for the first time since the first-ever Ivy League Tournament in 2010. The Big Red earned the third-seed after tiebreakers and will take on second-seeded Dartmouth on Friday at 5:00 p.m. in a rematch of the 2010 semifinals. Penn, the top seed, will take on fourth-seeded Harvard on Friday at 8:00 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y.) was instrumental in her team’s road victory at Princeton, posting two goals and two assists in the win, as part of a six-point week against a pair of ranked opponents. Brennan’s first goal against the Tigers gave her 200 points for her career, a feat accomplished by only two other Penn players.

Brennan then found the back of the net twice against No. 7 Duke in the Quakers’ last game of the regular-season. She earned her third Player of the Week award this season, which leads the League, and the fifth of her career.

Brennan’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 1DC, .571 Shooting %

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard pulled out a 7-5 win over No. 11 Dartmouth thanks to the play of freshman goalkeeper Kelly Weis (Garden City, N.Y.), who stopped nine shots while holding the Big Green to its lowest goals total in a League contest since it finished with four goals in a loss to Princeton on April 18, 2009.

Weis also recorded a game-high four groundballs in the victory, which was her fifth-straight. She has helped the Harvard defense hold 11 of 15 opponents to fewer than 10 goals and five opponents to five or less this season. Weis earned her second Defensive Player of the Week award this year and the fifth for the Crimson overall in 2012.

Weis’ Weekly Stats
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 5 GA, 5.00 GAA, 9 Svs., .643 Sv. %, 1-0

Princeton will miss the Ivy League postseason for the first time, after earning a berth the first two years of the tournament’s existence. The Tigers closed their regular-season with a roar, however, defeating No. 8 Penn State, 13-12 in overtime. In other non-conference games, Cornell took down Binghamtom, 17-8, while Columbia fell to Virginia Tech, 12-4, and Yale lost to No. 18 Boston College, 16-5.

HONOR ROLL
Alexandra Crerend, Brown (Fr., M – New Canaan, Conn.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1GB, 7DC, 1CT, .750 Shooting %

Caroline Crow, Yale (Sr., A – Davidsonville, Md.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., .667 Shooting %

Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (So., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1GB, 1DC, .500 Shooting %

Cacki Helmer, Cornell (Sr., D – Manilus, N.Y.)
2 GP, 6GB, 1DC, 7CT

Taylor Gattinella, Columbia (Sr., M – Greenwich, Conn.)
1 GP, 2GB, 3DC

Emily Leitner, Penn (Sr., GK – Darien, Conn.)
2 GP-GS, 120:00 Mins., 20 GA, 10.00 GAA, 11 Svs., .355 Sv. %, 1-1

Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Wellesley, Mass.)
1 GP, 2G, 2 Pts., 4DC, 2CT, .286 Shooting %

Caroline Salisbury, Cornell (Jr., A – Middletown, Md.)
2 GP, 6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 1GB, 2DC, .500 Shooting %

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, May 4
Ivy League Tournament Semifinals
No. 3 Cornell vs. No. 2 Dartmouth, 5:00 PM

Friday, May 4
Ivy League Tournament Semifinals
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 1 Penn, 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 6
Ivy League Tournament Championship, 12:00 PM