April 1, 2012

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Penn Gets All Over Columbia Early

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - After a loss to No. 3 Maryland on Friday, Penn head coach Karin Brower Corbettimplored her team to come out with a renewed fire on Sunday in an Ivy League game with Columbia, and her team responded. The Quakers scored just 23 seconds into the game, added a second at the 1:40 mark and never looked back en route to a 19-8 win over the Lions.

Nine different players scored for the Quakers as the Red and Blue improved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 inside the Ivy League. Erin Brennan led all scorers with seven points, including four goals. She tallied those seven points in just thirty minutes of game action, moving to the sidelines for the second half. Brennan's fellow Garden City, N.Y. native Shannon Mangini also had four goals in the game, tying her career high.

In her first career start, Kelly McCallion notched a career high in points with three on two goals and an assist. She scored the first goal of the game for the Quakers and then assisted on the second before adding a second goal late in the first half.

The opening thirty minutes was dominated by the Quakers, 11-3, and saw seven different players score goals for the Red and Blue. Penn opened an 8-1 lead, impressively scoring four unassisted goals on 1v1 plays and adding four goals set up by nice passes from behind the net. The Quakers spread out their first eight goals over 24 minutes of game play, but turned on the rapid-fire offense for the final 1:16 of the half, scoring three times before the break.

Caroline Bunting had the first of the three quick goals, finishing a Brennan pass right down the middle of the arc with 1:16 left in the first half. Off the draw, Brennan took a pass from Bunting after she won the draw, and stormed down the right side to score 10 seconds later. That wasn't even the quickest scoring play off a draw designed by Bunting and Brennan, however, as the two ran the same play after Columbia scored with eight seconds left, and Brennan scored in just six seconds that time, hitting twine with two seconds remaining in the half.

Columbia started the second half by closing the gap to 11-5 off two goals in 2:26, but the Quakers slammed the door with the next three goals of the game, including strikes from Courtney Tomchikand Meredith Cain 1:22 apart to build a nine-goal lead. The Lions scored back-to-back goals to make the game, 15-8, with 11:44 to go, but Brittany Swanson answered with her third of the season 27 seconds later to start a four-goal Penn run to close the game.

Emily Leitner made five saves while forcing three turnovers and scooping up three ground balls in just under 38 minutes of work before giving way to Carly Churchill. In her first appearance of the season, Churchill made three saves (including one on a free position). Leah McBride was part of a Penn defensive unit that caused 13 turnovers in the game, as she led the field players with three CTs. Taylor Foussadier and Bunting each had two, while Chrissy Gambino Tomchik and Mangini each forced one Columbia turnover.

The Red and Blue had 23 ground balls as a team, led by Leitner and McBride with three. Overall, 12 of the 18 players to take the field for Penn had at least one ground ball in the game and nine had at least two. Penn had a 16-13 edge on the draws, led by Mangini's six. Bunting and Cain were also instrumental on the draw with three apiece.

For Columbia, Skylar Dabbar made 12 saves in the loss, adding five ground balls in a busy day in the circle for the Lions. Kacie Johnson had five points on two goals and an assist while Taylor Gattinella was held without a point but had six draw controls.


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