On Wednesday, April 19, No. 24 women’s lacrosse (6–7 overall, 3–2 Ivy League) traveled to Franklin Field to face No. 15 University of Pennsylvania (9–4, 5–0). Competing for a share of the Ivy League title, the anticipated matchup went to the Quakers, who were able to pull ahead and defeat the Tigers 15–9. With the win, the Quakers claimed at least a share of the title, the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, and their first win over the Tigers in six years.
Princeton’s first-year goalie, Amelia Hughes, was in goal once again for her 13th game of the season. Hughes, who has played in every game thus far, has 138 saves this season.
“I have really enjoyed being a first year and starting,” Hughes told The Daily Princetonian. “I love having the opportunity to contribute to my team's success on the field and experience game moments with my teammates.”
The first quarter opened with a quick goal from Penn off a free-position shot. However, less than two minutes later, Princeton senior attacker Kate Mulham fought through Penn's defense and earned the Tigers their first goal of the game, tying the score at 1–1. Penn, though, responded with two goals in less than one minute, bringing the score to 3–1.
With a sniper shot through a sea of Quakers defenders by junior midfielder Samantha DeVito, and another goal from sophomore midfielder Sophie Whiteway, the Tigers bounced back again. To round out the quarter, Penn outscored Princeton 2–1 to lead 5–4.
Coming into the second quarter, Penn kicked off the scoring with two goals in the first five minutes to extend the lead to three. Princeton scored late in the quarter with a goal by first-year midfielder Haven Dora, off of a perfectly placed pass by junior midfielder Kari Buonanno. Down 7–5, the Tigers looked to maintain their momentum in order to complete the comeback.
Unfortunately for Princeton, Penn dominated the third quarter by scoring three times in the first seven minutes. Coming out of a Princeton timeout, Penn scored three more times, setting them ahead 13–5. With four minutes left in the quarter, the Tigers finally responded with a goal from junior attacker Grace Tauckus, breaking Penn’s six-goal scoring run. In the dying moments of the quarter, Dora pulled out one more goal for the Tigers, bringing the score to 14–7 Quakers at the end of the third.
About five minutes into the final quarter, sophomore attacker McKenzie Blake earned the Tigers a goal off of a long shot as the Tigers attempted to close the seven-point gap. However, the gap proved insurmountable in the fourth quarter as Penn held on for a 15–9 victory. With the defeat, the Tigers will, unfortunately, lose their chance at the Ivy League title. This is the first time in seven years the Tigers will not have a share of the regular season title.
Next up, Princeton will stay on the road and play Dartmouth (5–8, 2–3) on Saturday, April 22 and finish the regular season at home on April 30 against Harvard (7–5, 3–2).
Cate Lee is a contributor to the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’
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