May 2, 2009

Courtesy of Penn

PHILADELPHIA--The No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse team was upset by No. 13 Stanford Saturday afternoon as the Quakers were held to just six goals. It was the first back-to-back losses for Penn since the 2006 season and set its regular season record at 13-2 going into the NCAA tournament.

Stanford was hot out of the gates winning four of the first five draws and trading goals to tie the Quakers at one, three and four.

Ali DeLuca got the scoring started at 23:26 and was involved in the next two goals, assisting Giulia Giordano and then tallying another of her own at the half-way point of the first period. Freshman Erin Brennan put the Quakers ahead 4-3 with 10:29 to play, but a free position goal for Stanford tied the score again.

With 3:24 to go in the half, Lauren Schmidt scored two unassisted goals to put the Cardinal up two going into the break.

The Cardinal continued to out-draw the Quakers in the second and scored two more goals in the first 10 minutes. In the game, Stanford won the draws 12-4.

After five unanswered goals, Penn was able to score thanks to Giordano connecting with Courtney Lubbe with 4:32 to play. Stanford was able to gain possession again and keep Penn at bay. Junior Emma Spiro was awarded a free position shot that brought Penn within two with 10 seconds to play, but time ran out on a Quaker comeback.

The Quakers put 17 shots on goal causing Stanford's keeper Annie Read to make 11 saves, including eight in the second half. Penn's goalkeeper Emily Szelest made a career-high 12 saves for the Red and Blue.

Penn now awaits it NCAA postseason fate in the selection show Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.