Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The final four is set.
Penn and Princeton had already punched their tickets to the 2013 Ivy League women’s lacrosse tournament, but over the weekend Dartmouth and Cornell were able to join the travel party. The four teams will descend upon Philadelphia for the fourth-straight year, with the Quakers as the top seed.
Penn (9-4, 7-0 Ivy) clinched at least a share of the title and the hosting duties of the League Tournament thanks to a 10-9 overtime win over Princeton (9-5, 6-1 Ivy) on Wednesday. It marked the Tigers’ first Ivy loss of the season. The Quakers then wrapped up their seventh-straight Ivy title and their sixth outright championship with a 10-7 overtime win over Brown (9-5, 2-4 Ivy). The loss eliminated the Bears from playoff contention.
Since the inception of the Ivy League Tournament in 2010, Penn is one of just two teams to earn berths all four years (Dartmouth). Penn has matched the League-record streak of seven-consecutive titles, previously accomplished by Harvard from 1987-1993. The Quakers’ run of titles is the third-longest current streak across all Ivy sports, trailing just Cornell wrestling (11) and Princeton field hockey (eight).
Meanwhile, Princeton defeated Dartmouth, 15-13, to clinch the second seed in the Tournament. The Big Green (8-6, 4-2 Ivy) will be the third seed, thanks to its win over Cornell earlier this season. The Big Red (8-5, 4-3 Ivy) earned its berth to the Tournament thanks to a 13-7 win at Yale (7-6, 1-5 Ivy) and Penn’s win over Brown. Cornell will be the fourth seed and will face Penn in the first round, while Dartmouth will square off against Princeton. The semifinals will take place on Friday, May 3, with the championship game on Sunday, May 5.
Columbia’s (2-11, 0-6 Ivy) game at Harvard (2-10, 1-4 Ivy)
was postponed to April 28 due to the manhunt for the Boston
Marathon tragedy suspects. In non-conference action, the Crimson
fell to No. 18 Boston College, 13-12, despite a late rally that saw
Nina Kucharczyk score twice in the final two
minutes of the game, including a goal with 42 seconds remaining to
cut the BC lead to one.
This coming week features the conclusion of the 2013 League slate, as Harvard will travel to Dartmouth on April 26 before it plays Columbia on April 28 and Brown will host Yale on April 27. In non-conference action, Saturday, April 27 will feature Princeton against No. 6 Penn State and Penn at No. 4 Northwestern.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn’s 2-0 week, and subsequent clinching of its seventh-straight Ivy title and sixth outright, was due in no small part to the performance of junior Shannon Mangini (Garden City, N.Y.), who finished with six goals, five groundballs, five draw controls and four caused turnovers in overtime wins over Princeton and Brown.
Mangini might have been Offensive Player of the Week based on her efforts in regulation alone, but what she accomplished in the overtime sessions clinched it. Trailing Princeton by one with under six minutes remaining, Mangini tallied the equalizer to send the game to overtime. There, she scored on a free position shot to give her team the win and clinch at least a share of the Ivy title.
It was déjà vu all over again in the Quakers’ next game, as they found themselves trailing Brown, 7-6 with under a minute remaining. Mangini came through again, scoring with 30 seconds to go, again sending the game to overtime. She was one of three Quakers to find the back of the net in the extra session as Penn pulled away for the 10-7 victory.
Mangini has three overtime goals in 2013, the most in a single season by an Ivy player since Princeton’s Jaci Gassaway netted three in 2011. Mangini takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the second Quaker to earn Offensive Player of the Week this season, joining Caroline Bunting (March 18, April 15).
Mangini’s Weekly Stats
3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT, 50.0 Shooting % vs. Princeton
3G, 3 Pts., 4 GB, 4 DC, 2 CT, 75.0 Shooting % at Brown
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Not to be outdone, Penn sophomore goalie Lucy Ferguson (Montclair, N.J.) also made her presence felt in the Quakers’ two wins last week. Ferguson played 66 minutes in each game, recording a goals against average of 7.27 in the two games, with 11 saves.
Ferguson improved to 4-0 in overtime contests this season. She made a save with four seconds remaining against Princeton to preserve the tie and force overtime and then clinched the victory with a save on a point-blank Tigers' opportunity with 33 seconds remaining in the extra session. Then, against Brown, she gave up just seven goals for a 6.36 GAA, stopped four shots and tallied one groundball and one caused turnover.
Ferguson earns her second Defensive Player of the Week award this season (March 11). Penn has swept the weekly awards for the second-straight week and the second time this season, as Bunting shared Offensive Player of the Week honors and sophomore Meg Markham was named Defensive Player of the Week on April 15.
Ferguson’s Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 66:00 Mins. 9 GA, 8.18 GAA, 7 Svs., 43.8 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Princeton
1 GP-1 GS, 66:00 Mins., 7 GA, 6.36 GAA, 4 Svs., 36.4 Sv. %, 1-0 at Brown
Liz Bannatine, Princeton (Fr., D – Baltimore)
1A, 1 Pt., 2 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT at Penn
2 DC at Dartmouth
Hana Bowers, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Old Greenwich, Conn.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 3 DC, 42.9 Shooting % vs. Princeton
Carly Gniewek, Cornell (So., GK – Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 16 GA, 16.00 GAA, 14 Svs., 46.7 Sv. %, 0-1 at Syracuse
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 10 Svs., 58.8 Sv. %, 1-0 at Yale
Nina Kucharczyk, Harvard (Sr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 57.1 Shooting % at Boston College
Erin McMunn, Princeton (So., A – Westminster, Md.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 DC, 50.0 Shooting % at Penn
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 7 DC, 25.0 Shooting % at Dartmouth
Erin Roos, Brown (Jr., M – Wilmette, Ill.)
1 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT vs. Penn
Emily Tripodi, Cornell (Fr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 50.0 Shooting % at Syracuse
1G, 3A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 50.0 Shooting % at Yale
Tuesday, April 23
Binghamton at No. 20 Cornell, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 24
Boston U. at Yale, 4 pm
Friday, April 26
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Saturday, April 27
Manhattan at Columbia, 1 pm
Boston U. at No. 20 Cornell, 1 pm
No. 7 Penn State at No. 17 Princeton, 1 pm
*Yale at Brown, 1 pm
Penn at No. 4 Northwestern, 2 pm
Sunday, April 28
*Columbia at Harvard, 1 pm
*-Ivy League contest