April 19, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Brown women's lacrosse team (5-8, 2-4) battled sixth-ranked Penn (12-1, 7-0) to a 3-3 tie for the first 15 minutes of play, but the Quakers reeled off five straight goals to close the first half and open up an 8-3 lead at the break, en route to a 12-5 victory. Junior Krystina DeLuca (Hillsborough, NJ) led Brown with two goals, while senior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) recorded 12 saves.
The two teams traded goals for the first 14:59 of play, battling to a 3-3 tie at the midway point of the first half. After Rachel Mason got the home team on the board just 1:19 in, sophomore Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD) connected on a free position shot for the Bears to tie the score at 1-1 five minutes later.
The Quakers answered six minutes later, but DeLuca's first of two goals 30 seconds later again tied the score at 2-2 at 12:30 of the half. DeLuca's younger sister, Ali, answered for Penn at 14:08 to regain a one-goal lead for the Quakers, but sophomore Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) tied the game at 3-3 less than a minute later.
After a Penn timeout, the Quakers came out with new energy, and scored the final five goals of the half for an 8-3 lead.
DeLuca cut the deficit to 8-4 4:24 into the second half with her second of the game, but back-to-back Penn goals by Giulia Giordano made it a 10-4 game with 18:43 remaining.
Junior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) tallied her team-leading 23rd goal of the year at 15:44, but Penn scored the final two of the game for the 12-5 final.
In addition to King's 12 saves, Manners helped to lead the defense with three caused turnovers. Brown returns home on Tuesday, April 22, to host Manhattan in a 7:00 p.m. game.