Photos courtesy of Harvard and Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 35th season of Ivy
League women's lacrosse kicked off with a bang, as all eight teams
opened their 2014 seasons to the tune of an 8-2 weekend.
Six of the Ancient Eight are undefeated on the young season, including Brown (2-0), which averaged 18.0 goals in two games, a pair of wins over Iona and Sacred Heart. Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, No. 16 Penn and Yale all won their season openers, while No. 17 Princeton fell at No. 6 Loyola (Md.), 15-10. Harvard traveled west and went 1-1, suffering a tough 14-10 loss at the hands of No. 14 Stanford before bouncing back to beat St. Mary's (Calif.), 18-7.
The upcoming week's slate of games kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when Dartmouth hosts UConn, which is in the receiving votes category of the latest IWLCA poll, while Yale travels to Sacred Heart and Princeton faces in-state rival Rutgers.
Then on Saturday, Ivy League conference action begins with Yale at Dartmouth, Brown at Columbia and Cornell at Harvard, while Princeton hosts No. 14 Georgetown. The following day, Penn heads south to play top-ranked UNC.
Five of this week's games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Wednesday will feature UConn at Dartmouth and Rutgers at Princeton, while Saturday's slate will include Yale at Dartmouth, Cornell at Harvard and Georgetown at Princeton.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Megan Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) certainly did not play like a rookie in her first two career games, finishing with nine points on six goals and three assists in a 1-1 western trip for the Crimson. Hennessey opened her Harvard career with a goal and two assists, along with two groundballs, three draw controls and one caused turnover in a 14-10 loss to No. 14 Stanford. The next day, she erupted for six points on five goals and one assist, as well as three groundballs, four draw controls and three caused turnovers in an 18-7 win at St. Mary's (Calif.).
Hennessey is the first Crimson to be the sole recipient of Offensive Player of the Week honors since Danielle Tetreault on Feb. 28, 2011, and the first Harvard freshman to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Jennifer VanderBeulen was a two-time recipient in 2009-10.
Hennessey's Weekly Stats
1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 3 DC, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % at No. 14 Stanford
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 3 GB, 4 DC, 3 CT, 45.5 Shooting % at St. Mary's (Calif.)
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
A pair of goalies shared Defensive Player of the Week honors in Penn junior Lucy Ferguson (Montclair, N.J.) and Yale senior Erin McMullan (Wading River, N.Y.)
Ferguson stopped six shots while allowing eight goals in an 11-8 win over Delaware. Five of her six saves came in the first half as she kept Penn in the game to allow the Quakers to outscore the Blue Hens 7-4 in the second half en route to the victory. Ferguson earns her third career Defensive Player of the Week award.
Ferguson's Weekly Stats
1GP-1GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 6 Svs., 42.9 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Delaware
With Yale trailing Holy Cross, 7-3 at the half, McMullan gave her team the chance it needed to come back in the second period, limiting the Crusaders to just one goal over the final 30:43 as Yale completed the comeback in the 10-8 victory. McMullan finished with seven saves in the victory. She becomes the first Bulldog to earn Defensive Player of the Week since Whitney Quackenbush on March 21, 2011.
McMullan's Weekly Stats
1GP-1GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 46.7 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Holy Cross
Jessie Ambrose, Columbia (So., M – Westport, Conn.)
4G, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 57.1 Shooting % vs. LIU
Tory Bensen, Penn (Sr., M – Darien, Conn.)
5G, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 55.6 Shooting % vs. Delaware
Marina Burke, Harvard (Fr., M – Westwood, Mass.)
1 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT at No. 14 Stanford
1A, 1 Pt., 3 GB, 5 CT at St. Mary's (Calif.)
Liz Calby, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Darien, Conn.)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1 DC, 57.1 Shooting % at New Hampshire
Bre Hudgins, Brown (Sr., A –Syracuse, N.Y.)
2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 6 DC, 50.0 Shooting % vs. Iona
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 3 DC, 1 CT, 75.0 Shooting % vs. Sacred Heart
Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 2 DC, 50.0 Shooting % at No. 6 Loyola (Md.)
Erin Magnuson, Yale (Jr., M – Northport, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 1 DC, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Holy Cross
Lauren Maiorano, Dartmouth (Fr., M – Chatham, N.J.)
1 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT at New Hampshire
Danielle Mastro, Brown (Sr., A – Endicott, N.Y.)
4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 80.0 Shooting % vs. Iona
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 100.0 Shooting % vs. Sacred Heart
Rachel Moody, Cornell (Sr., A – Burke, Va.)
5G, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 71.4 Shooting % vs. Temple
Renee Poullott, Cornell (Fr., GK – Syracuse, N.Y.)
1GP-1GS, 30:00 Mins., 3 GA, 6.00 GAA, 4 Svs., 57.1 Sv. %, 1-0
Ashley Rinere, Columbia (Sr., D – Madison, Conn.)
4G, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 2 CT, 66.7 Shooting %
Colleen Smith, Princeton (Sr., D – Wilmette, Ill.)
4 GB, 4 CT at No. 6 Loyola (Md.)
Wednesday, February 26
UConn at Dartmouth, 3 pm [IVY]
Yale at Sacred Heart, 4 pm
Rutgers at No. 17 Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
Saturday, March 1
*Yale at Dartmouth, 12 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Columbia, 1 pm
*Cornell at Harvard, 1 pm [IVY]
No. 14 Georgetown at No. 17 Princeton, 3 pm [IVY]
Sunday, March 2
No. 16 Penn at No. 1 UNC, 1 pm
*-Ivy League contest
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