Led by two of the top coaches in women's lacrosse, Karin Corbett (Penn) and Kerstin Kimel (Duke), both teams featured strong lineups with the talent to make a run in post-season play. With 13 Ivy League titles under Corbett's leadership, Penn will likely have to battle #9 Princeton for another championship.
For Duke, the ACC is the most competitive division in women's lacrosse with: #1 Boston College, #3 UNC, #4 Syracuse and #8 UVA. Under Coach Kimel, Duke made a Final Four appearance in 2016, but her team will have to play every game like it is the NCAA Championship to win the ACC this year.
Scoreless First 10 Minutes
The first ten minutes of the game remained scoreless with both attacks coming up short - shots hit the post, went wide and goalies stepped up to make key saves early in the game.
Jamie Lockwood started in goal for Duke with Gabbe Cadoux out sick and not travelling with the team. At 5'9" Lockwood was a strong presence in the cage making nine saves in the game. Penn's top goalie, Mikaila Cheeseman, also made nine saves on the day, earning Player of the Game, and leading her team to victory.
Duke - Defense
Duke displayed strong defensive stands all over the field - limiting Penn to ten goals, trapping the Quakers midfield, putting man-to-man pressure high on the attack and forcing several shot clock violations. Callie Humphrey anchored the Duke defense with three ground balls and two caused turnovers on the day, but the entire Duke team should be credited for a strong defensive effort.
Penn - Defense
With Duke averaging over 16 goals per game, Penn's defense held the Blue Devils to under ten goals for the day. Katy Junior had a tough assignment guarding Duke's leading scorer, Charlotte North. Senior Captain, Lauren O'Mara, dominated the defensive zone with five ground balls, three caused turnovers and a key stop at the end of the game to help the Quakers win.
Penn - Attack
After a scoreless first ten minutes, both teams settled into their attacks and started to break down the collapsing defenders and double teams. Penn's attack was more balanced with eight players scoring. Gabby Rosenzweig was key to Penn's attack with four assists and a goal. While Freshmen, Taylyn Standler and Michaela McMahon, made their presence on the field with a goal each, and Standler feeding the perfect pass to Zoe Belodeau for the game winning goal.
Duke - Attack
Duke's attack relied heavily on their leading scorer, Charlotte North, to rack up four of nine goals. Olivia Jenner was solid in the midfield - winning six draw controls, scoring two goals and feeding Duke's only assist to Charlotte North on the game opening goal.