Penn Defeats Dartmouth in Women's Lacrosse Championship
Dartmouth’s Liz Calby, right, reaches around Penn goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson (99) for a late goal during the Big Green’s 10-7 loss to the Quakers in the Ivy League women’s lacrosse championship game at Franklin Field in Philadelphia yesterday. Calby led Dartmouth with four goals and one assist. (Valley News - Greg Fennell) Purchase photo reprints »
Philadelphia — Want to know something about good looks? Talk to Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.
Want to know what to do with good looks? The Penn women’s lacrosse team made that fashion statement time and again in stopping Dartmouth, 10-7, in the Ivy League championship game at Franklin Field yesterday.
The top-seeded Quakers (11-5) would have found themselves in an even contest with the third-seeded Big Green (10-7) had it not been for the women’s lacrosse curiosity that is the free position. Fouls inside the seven-yard scoring fan are punished with open scoring chances for the fouled player, an inviting opportunity.
Penn converted on five of its six such chances yesterday, three of which gave the Quakers a first-half cushion they rode to their second Ivy tournament title in its four-year history and the program’s ninth league crown overall. By comparison, Dartmouth converted on just one of its six free positions in defeat.
The victory also guaranteed Penn a spot in the NCAA tournament later this month.
Dartmouth will also be in the tourney, earning an at-large bid to give the Ivies 3 teams — along with Princeton — in the field.
The Big Green will play against Boston College Friday at Syracuse.
“If the ball falls one way or a goal goes in here or we get a stop there … there were a lot of game-changing moments,” Dartmouth coach Amy Patton said. “A lot of those moments didn’t go in our favor. Had they, you just don’t know what could happen.”
Penn won the game in the first half, holding the Big Green off the scoreboard for the final 25 minutes, 12 seconds up to the break.
The Quakers’ first three goals all came on free positions. Senior Maddie Poplawski drew and delivered the first after just 55 seconds, with Caroline Bunting and Courtney Tomchik following su