Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 11/11 Penn, 7-2

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 11/11 Penn, 7-2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's lacrosse team was defeated by No. 11/11 Penn, 7-2, on Saturday at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Despite 10 saves from junior Mikaela Karlsson (Framingham, Mass.), the Quaker attack proved too strong as they outshot the Bears 29-17 in the game. With the loss, Brown moves to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in Ivy League play while Penn improves 7-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference action.

The Quakers scored the game's first goal at 23:23 of the first when Emily Rogers-Healion registered the score. Brown tied the contest, 1-1, with a goal from sophomore Zoe Verni (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) at 18:22, her 11th of the season. Junior Emma Dahle (Wynnewood, Pa.) recorded an assist on the tally.

Penn would go on to score two more goals (10:09, 8:39) to close out the opening frame with a 3-1 advantage. The Quakers outshot the Bears 21-5 in the first, held a 14-9 advantage in ground balls and a slight 3-2 edge in draw controls. Penn was 0-for-2 on free-position shots while Brown did not have an attempt in the stanza. Karlsson tallied eight saves in the first while Britt Brown had one stop.

Caroline Cummings recorded her second goal of the game at 22:04 to give Penn a 4-1 lead to start the second half. Sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped the 3-0 Penn run and brought the Bears within two (4-2) at 21:17 with her 15th goal of the year while freshman KC Williams (Duxbury, Mass.) contributed the assist.

Cummings would respond with her third goal at 20:18 to push the Quakers' lead to three (5-2). After a goal from Erin Berry at 7:19, Cummings would close out the game's scoring at 3:42 and give Penn a 7-2 lead.

Brown's offense generated more shots in the second than Penn (12-8) but was unable to put additional goals on the board. The Bears also had a 14-13 advantage in ground balls in the second. Both teams were even in draw controls at 3-3. The Bears were 0-for-4 in free-position shots in the period while the Quakers did not register a free-position shot.

Karlsson finished the game with 10 saves, adding two in the second while B. Brown had four in the second for Penn and concluded the game with five.

Defensively, junior Marissa Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) caused three turnovers and had an impressive six ground balls for Brown. On the other side Katy Junior had a game-high seven ground balls for Penn and forced four turnovers.

The Bears will next travel to California to face Cal in San Diego on Wednesday, March 29 for an 8:00 p.m. ET contest. Brown will then battle San Diego State on Friday, March 31 in another 8:00 p.m. ET game.