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Women's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 8

Cornell's Catherine Ellis (left), Harvard's Kelly Weis (middle), Penn's Lucy Ferguson (right)
Cornell's Catherine Ellis (left), Harvard's Kelly Weis (middle), Penn's Lucy Ferguson (right)

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Photos courtesy of Cornell, Harvard and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The race for the Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament is heating up.

The four spots in the Tournament are still up for grabs, despite some movement in the standings last week. Penn (6-3, 2-0 Ivy) remained at the top, but the Quakers have had a four-game hiatus from League play and close out their season with five-straight conference games.

Harvard (6-4, 3-1 Ivy) and Princeton (7-3, 3-1 Ivy) are tied for second, after both won last week. The Crimson defeated Brown (8-3, 2-2 Ivy), 10-4, behind three goals, one assist, three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover from sophomore Audrey Todd. The Tigers, meanwhile, handed Yale (7-4, 1-3 Ivy) its third-straight conference loss, winning 15-8. Sophomore Erin McMunn posted five points on four goals and one assist in the win, while senior Colleen Smith held Yale's leading scorer Nicole Daniggelis without a point for just the second time this season.

Cornell (5-5, 2-2 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (5-5, 2-2 Ivy), 11-10 in overtime, to set up a three-way tie for fourth-place with Brown. Big Green sophomore Jacklyn Leto set career-highs in goals (five) and draw controls (five) in a losing effort.

This coming week features the first day of full conference action. On Saturday, April 12, Dartmouth will host Penn, Columbia will travel to Yale, Brown will take on Cornell and Harvard will face Princeton. All four games will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

This week’s non-conference slate is highlighted by Cornell at No. 11 Penn State on Tuesday and No. 2 Maryland at Princeton on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

Standing in seventh-place entering the week, Cornell needed a win to get back into the thick of the Tournament race. The Big Red was trailing Dartmouth, 8-7 with under four minutes remaining in regulation, when freshman Catherine Ellis (Englewood, Colo.) scored her sixth goal of the game to tie the contest and send it to overtime. Cornell went on to win in double-OT, 11-10. Ellis’ six goals marks a career-high

Ellis earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the third freshman to be named Offensive Player of the Week this year, joining Harvard’s Megan Hennessey (Feb. 24) and Princeton’s Anna Doherty (March 24).

Ellis’ Weekly Stats
6G, 6 Pts., 66.7 Shooting % vs. Dartmouth

Harvard’s 2-0 week was thanks in large part to sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Weis (Garden City, N.Y.), who recorded 17 saves and a goals-against average of 6.86 in wins over Vanderbilt and Brown. The Commodores, who averaged 12.7 goals per game, scored just eight against the Crimson. The Bears were held to four goals, marking their lowest single game total since netting three against Ohio State on Feb. 25, 2012. The four goals is Brown’s lowest in an Ivy League game since April 18, 2009, when it scored the same amount against Penn.

Weis takes home her second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season and fourth of her career.

Weis’ Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 10 Svs., 55.6 Sv. %, 2 GB, 1 CT, 1-0 vs. Vanderbilt
1 GP-1 GS, 45:00 Mins., 4 GA, 5.33 GAA, 7 Svs., 63.6 Sv. %, 4 GB, 1-0 vs. Brown

Penn junior goalie Lucy Ferguson (Montclair, N.J.) more than held her own against a pair of ranked opponents, helping the Quakers to defeat No. 14 Georgetown, 8-6, before limiting No. 7 Northwestern to seven goals in a 7-2 loss. Ferguson finished the week with 16 saves and a 6.50 GAA. The six goals by the Hoyas mark their second-lowest total of this season, behind only the five they scored against No. 15 Loyola (Md.). Penn then became just the fourth team to hold the Wildcats to seven goals or fewer, joining No. 3 Syracuse, No. 1 UNC and No. 11 Penn State.

Ferguson is the first Quaker to receive three Defensive Player of the Week awards in a single season, and the first Ivy to accomplish the feat since Harvard’s Melanie Baskind in 2012.

Ferguson’s Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 6 GA, 6.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 53.8 Sv. %, 1-0 at No. 14 Georgetown
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 9 Svs., 56.2 Sv. %, 3 GB, 0-1 vs. No. 7 Northwestern

Lely DeSimone, Penn (Fr., M/D – Airmont, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 75.0 Shooting % at No. 14 Georgetown
1G, 1 Pt., 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. No. 7 Northwestern

Janie Gion, Brown (Jr., A – Northfield, Ill.)
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 1 GB, 100.0 Shooting % at Bryant
1 CT at Harvard

Jaclyn Leto, Dartmouth (So., M – Chatham, N.J.)
5G, 5 Pts., 5 DC, 50.0 Shooting % at Cornell

Erin Magnuson, Yale (Jr., M – Northport, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 60.0 Shooting % at Princeton

Lauren Maiorano, Dartmouth (Fr., M – Chatham, N.J.)
1 GB, 1 CT at Cornell

Danielle Mastro, Brown (Sr., A – Endicott, N.Y.)
1G, 5A, 6 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % at Bryant
2G, 2 Pts., 2 GB, 50.0 Shooting % at Harvard

Erin McMunn, Princeton (Jr., A – Westminster, Md.)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 2 GB, 1 DC, 57.1 Shooting % vs. Yale

Renee Poullott, Cornell (Fr., GK – Syracuse, N.Y.)
1 GP-1 GS, 73:43 Mins., 10 GA, 8.14 GAA, 8 Svs., 44.4 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Dartmouth

Colleen Smith, Princeton (Sr., D – Wilmette, Ill.)
3 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT vs. Yale

Audrey Todd, Harvard (So., M – Baltimore)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 50.0 Shooting % vs. Vanderbilt
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 75.0 Shooting % vs. Brown

Tuesday, April 8
Cornell at No. 11 Penn State, 5 pm

Wednesday, April 9
Stony Brook at Yale, 4 pm [IVY]
Michigan at Brown, 4 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Holy Cross, 4:30 pm
UMBC at Columbia, 5 pm [IVY]
No. 2 Maryland at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]

Saturday, April 12
*No. 12 Penn at Dartmouth, 12 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Yale, 1 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Brown, 1 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Harvard, 1 pm [IVY]

*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network