Photos courtesy of Harvard, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With a seven-goal lead over
No. 10 Cornell at the half, the Penn women’s lacrosse team
seemed assured of improving to 3-0 in Ivy play and sitting alone at
the top of the League standings.
The Quakers (4-3, 3-0 Ivy) are indeed alone in first-place in the League with a 3-0 conference mark, but only after holding off a furious Big Red comeback to win in overtime, 12-11.
Cornell outscored Penn 8-1 in the second half to tie the game at 11 and send it to OT. Sophomore Lindsay Toppe scored four goals, including a hat trick in the second half alone to lead the Big Red back. But Penn junior Shannon Mangini, who scored three goals in the first half, netted the gamewinner with 3:10 remaining in the extra session, her career-best fifth score of the game.
The win for the Quakers completed a 2-0 week, as they also defeated Vanderbilt, 14-13 in overtime. Penn has won four-straight after dropping its first three games.
Cornell (6-2, 2-1 Ivy) suffered its first losses of the season, falling at No. 3 UNC in its other game of the week, 11-10.
Harvard (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) picked up its first two wins of the season, dispatching Marquette, 18-4, and defeating Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy), 10-5. Brown (1-1 Ivy) continued its record setting season, improving to 6-1 overall with a 9-8 overtime win over Southern Cal, its fourth game this season holding an opponent to single-digit goals.
Dartmouth (6-2, 2-0 Ivy) also went 2-0 on the week, picking up a pair of one-goal wins, over Davidson (13-12) and Columbia (8-7). The Lions (1-7, 0-3 Ivy) dropped consecutive one-goal games as they also fell at New Hampshire, 12-11.
Princeton (4-3, 1-0 Ivy) went 1-1 on the week, falling at Rutgers, 12-10, before upsetting No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 10-7.
Princeton will face a pair of League foes this week in Columbia and Cornell, while Dartmouth will host Brown. In non-conference action, Penn will face No. 1 Maryland on Saturday.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior Micaela Cyr (Lexington, Mass.) and Princeton sophomore Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md.) each posted 10 points on the week to lead their teams.
Cyr helped Harvard to a 2-0 week, posting six points on five goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 18-4 win at Marquette and four points on two goals and two assists in a 10-5 win over Yale. She also tallied six groundballs, four draw controls and one caused turnover in the two games.
Cyr takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the first Crimson to earn Offensive Player of the Week since Jennifer VenderMeulen on April 18, 2011.
Cyr’s Weekly Stats
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 83.3 Shooting % at Marquette
2G, 2A, 4 Pts. 4 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 40.0 Shooting % vs. Yale
McMunn opened her week in impressive fashion, tying her career-high with seven points, tallying two goals and five assists in a 12-10 loss at Rutgers. She then led her team to a win over No. 12 Johns Hopkins, finishing with a goal, two assists, two groundballs, four draw controls and one caused turnover. After she was placed in the circle to take the draws in the second half against JHU, the Tigers won 9 of 12 draws while outscoring their opponent, 7-3.
McMunn is the first Tiger to earn Offensive Player of the Week this season. She takes home her second career Ivy League weekly award.
McMunn's Weekly Stats
2G, 5A, 7 Pts., 1 CT, 40.0 Shooting % at Rutgers
1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 4 DC, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. Johns Hopkins
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn’s 2-0 week was in large part to the efforts of senior Meredith Cain (Pittsburgh). Cain led the team with 11 draw controls and three caused turnovers in the two games, while also recording four groundballs. The team needed all 11 of her draw controls, as it helped the Quakers pull out a pair of one-goal wins. Cain also finished with seven points on the week, on six goals and an assist.
Cain takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Cain's Weekly Stats
2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 GB, 6 DC, 2 CT, 50.0 Shooting % vs. Vanderbilt
4G, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 5 DC, 1 CT, 66.7 Shooting % vs. Cornell
Liz Bannatine, Princeton (Fr., D – Baltimore)
3 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT at Rutgers
2 GB vs. Johns Hopkins
Courtney Bennett, Dartmouth (Sr., M/D – Darien, Conn.)
1G, 1 Pt., 3 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT, 50.0 Shooting % at Davidson
3 GB, 4 DC, 1 CT at Columbia
Hana Bowers, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Old Greenwich, Conn.)
2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 25.0 Shooting % at Davidson
1G, 3A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % at Columbia
Mel Cook, Harvard (Sr., GK – Longwood, Fla.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 5GA, 5.00 GAA, 6 Svs., 54.5 Sv. %, 2 GB, 1-0 vs. Yale
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Jr., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 2 DC, 3 CT, 37.5 Shooting % at New Hampshire
1G, 5 GB, 6 CT, 25.0 Shooting % vs. Dartmouth
Christina Doherty, Yale (So., M – Bernarndsville, N.J.)
5 GB, 2 CT at Harvard
Carly Gniewek, Cornell (So., GK – Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
1 GP, 40:53 Mins., 2 GA, 2.94 GAA, 7 Svs., 77.8 Sv. %, 0-1
Bre Hudgins, Brown (Jr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 3 DC, 1 CT, 50.0 Shooting % vs. USC
Kacie Johnson, Sr., A – Wilton, Conn.)
2G, 2 Pts., 1 GB, 3 DC, 40.0 Shooting % at New Hampshire
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 75.0 Shooting % vs. Dartmouth
Shannon Mangini, Penn (Jr., M – Garden City, N.Y.)
1 GB vs. Vanderbilt
5G, 5 Pts., 2 GB, 1 DC, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Cornell
Kellie Roddy, Brown (So., GK – Poway, Calif.)
1 GP-1 GS, 68:44 Mins., 8 GA, 6.98 GAA, 7 Svs., 46.7 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. USC
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (So., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 50.0 Shooting % at UNC
4G, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 36.4 Shooting % at Penn
Tuesday, March 26
St. Mary’s (Calif.) at Brown, 1 pm
Wednesday, March 27
Vermont at Dartmouth, 3 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 7 pm
Friday, March 29
Cal at Yale, 1 pm
Harvard at Boston U., 7 pm
Saturday, March 30
*Brown at Dartmouth, 12 pm
Penn at No. 1 Maryland, 1 pm
*Princeton at Cornell, 3 pm
Sunday, March 31
Yale at Lehigh, 1 pm
Fresno State at Columbia, 7 pm
*-Ivy League contest