Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications/Rose Leitner
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn maintained its hold on the top spot in the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 mark, thanks to a 19-8 win over Columbia (1-8, 0-5 Ivy). The eighth-ranked Quakers (6-3) are one of two Ivy teams undefeated in League play, as No. 11 Dartmouth (7-1) stands in second-place with a 3-0 record after a 14-8 win over Brown (5-4, 1-2 Ivy).
Thanks to a 13-12 overtime win over No. 16 Princeton (4-4, 2-1 Ivy), No. 18 Cornell (7-2, 3-1 Ivy) comes in at third, followed by the Tigers. Brown and Harvard (4-5, 1-2 Ivy) are tied at fifth, while Yale (3-6, 0-3 Ivy) and Columbia (1-8, 0-5 Ivy) are still looking for their first League victory of the season.
Penn took on No. 3 Maryland in its other game of the week, falling to the Terrapins, 14-6. Senior attack Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y.) finished with 11 points in two games and was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. Her teammate, senior goalie Emily Leitner (Darien, Conn.), posted 21 saves in two games and was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Penn is the first team to sweep the weekly awards in 2012 and the first since Dartmouth's Kat Collins (Offensive) and Kristen Giovanniello (Defensive) took home the honors on March 28, 2011.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brennan finished with 11 points on seven goals and four assists in two games. She was a factor in four of the Quakers' six goals against No. 3 Maryland, with three scores and one assist. In Penn's 19-8 victory over Columbia, Brennan played just the first half and tallied four goals and three assists to help give the Quakers an 11-3 halftime edge.
Brennan took home her fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and her second this season (March 12). It marks the first time in her career she received the award twice in the same season.
Brennan's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 7G, 4A, 11 Pts., 3GB, .700 Shooting %
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Leitner set a career-high in saves, recording 16 against No. 3 Maryland. The senior goalie also set personal-bests with six groundballs and four caused turnovers against the Terps. Leitner continued her all-around solid play in Penn's win over Columbia, posting five saves, three groundballs and three caused turnovers in just under 40 minutes of work.
Leitner is the first Quaker to win Defensive Player of the Week since she earned the award on March 14, 2011. The honor is the third of her career.
Leitner's Weekly Stats
2 GP-GS, 98:34 Mins., 19 GA, 11.57 GAA, 21 Svs., .525 Sv. %, 9GB, 7CT, 1-1
In non-conference action, Harvard bested Stanford, 10-4, but fell to No. 2 Syracuse, 10-6 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Yale also split its two games last week, defeating Marist, 13-9, but losing to Colgate, 16-12. Columbia played Iona in a non-conference matchup and lost, 11-10.
More top-20 matchups await, as week seven will culminate with a top-10 battle pitting No. 1 Northwestern at No. 8 Penn. Harvard will travel to face No. 9 Virginia, No. 16 Princeton will face Temple and Columbia will host Connecticut. In the Ivy League game of the week, No. 11 Dartmouth will face No. 18 Cornell on Saturday. Prior to that, Princeton will take on Yale and Harvard will host Brown.
Melanie Baskind, Harvard, Sr., M (Framingham, Mass.)
2 GP, 4G, 4A, 8 Pts., 3GB, 1DC, 1CT, .364 Shooting %
Liz Calby, Dartmouth, So., A (Westwood, Mass.)
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1GB, 1CT, .800 Shooting %
Alexandra Crerend, Brown, Fr., M (New Canaan, Conn.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 3GB, 1DC, 1CT, .600 Shooting %
Skylar Dabbar, Columbia, So., G (Houston)
2 GP-GA, 120:00 Mins., 30 GA, 15.00 GAA, 21 Svs., .412 Sv. %, 8GB, 2CT, 0-2
Jen DeVito, Yale, So., A (Wading River, N.Y.)
2 GP, 6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 3GB, 1DC, 1CT, .600 Shooting %
Kacie Johnson, Columbia, Jr., A (Wilton, Conn.)
2 GP, 7G, 6A, 13 Pts., 3GB, 3DC, 1CT, .438 Shooting %
Katie Kirk, Cornell, Sr., M (Annapolis, Md.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 6GB 1DC, 3CT, .750 Shooting %
Mary-Kate Sivilli, Princeton, So., A (Greenlawn, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 Pts., 1.000 Shooting %
Jessi Steinberg, Cornell, Sr., A (Suffern, N.Y.)
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3DC, 1CT, .500 Shooting %
Kelly Weis, Harvard, Fr., G (Garden City, N.Y.)
2 GP-GS, 120.00 Mins., 14 GA, 7.00 GAA, 15 Svs., .517 Sv. %, 6GB, 1CT, 1-1
Monday, April 2
Harvard at No. 9 Virginia 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 4
No. 16 Princeton at Temple 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 7
*Yale at No. 16 Princeton 1:00 PM
Connecticut at Columbia 1:00 PM
*Brown at Harvard 1:00 PM
*No. 11 Dartmouth at No. 18 Cornell 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 8
No. 1 Northwestern at No. 8 Penn 12:00 PM
*-Ivy League Contest