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Game Day - Own It Penn (10) vs Duke (9)

IN SEASON

2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse

#8 Penn (10) vs #15 Duke (9)

March 16, 2019

Article and Photos by Leigh Ernst Friestedt

Digital Media Sports by Leigh Ernst Friestedt
PENN Women's Lacrosse

#8 Penn vs #15 Duke

March 16, 2019 - University of Pennsylvania ("Penn") Women's Lacrosse defeated Duke 10-9 on a sunny but cold-windy day on Franklin Field for Alumnae weekend to advance to a 7-1 record and #6 national ranking.

With a 5-5 record between the two teams, Saturday's matchup came down to the final minute of play - Duke had a break down the field, but Penn regained possession of the ball and held on to win the game.

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.

Head Coach: Karin Corbett (Penn) and Kerstin Kimel (Duke)

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.

Goalie: Mikaila Cheeseman (Penn) and Jamie Lockwood (Duke)

Duke's leading scorer, Charlotte North, finally broke through on an assist from Olivia Jenner to score the first goal of the game at the 20 minute mark. Despite playing with an injured right knee, Charlotte was a constant threat on attack for the Blue Devils - scoring four goals.

Charlotte North

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.

Duke's defense relies on pressure all over the field

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 Defense: Mikaila Cheeseman (Goalie), Lauren O'Mara and Katy Junior

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.

Penn Attack: Gabby Rosenzweig, Michaela McMahon, Taylyn Stadler, Zoe Belodeau

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.

Olivia Jenner (Duke) on attack

Heading into half time Duke led by one goal 6-5. Both teams made key adjustments and determined to win - escalated the intensity in the second half

Second Half

Olivia Jenner opened the second half using her height to draw the ball to herself. When Olivia's tactics faltered, her younger sister, Maddie Jenner, took over the draw circle and used her height at 6'2" to battle Penn's Chelsea Kibler.

Olivia Jenner (Duke) uses her height to win the draw control

While the Jenner sisters dominated the circle for the day helping Duke win 12 draws, Penn's Zoe Belodeau used her scrappy play to recover any lose balls and gained control of 4 draws.

Zoe Belodeau wins draw control against Duke

Yellow Cards

After no yellow cards in the first half, the referees tightened up their calls, and Duke was penalized for two yellow cards early in the second half. Catherine Cordrey (Duke) was called for a dangerous shot at 28:02.

Catherine Cordrey (Duke) issued yellow card for dangerous shot on Katy Junior (Penn)

One minute later, Katie Cronin (Duke) received a second yellow card for hitting Abby Bosco weaving through traffic to goal. Bosco took advantage of the free position on the center hash and scored to tie the game up 6-6.

Abby Bosco (Penn) fouled by Duke for second yellow card - scores on free position to tie game 6-6

Goal Posts

Penn and Duke both hit the goal posts multiple times on shots throughout the game. After Erin Barry hit the goal post for a second time, Callie Humphrey hustled to recover the rebound for Duke, outletted the ball to Katie Cronin, who scored at the other end to put the Blue Devils ahead 7-6.

Katie Cronin takes ball to goal and scores to put Duke ahead 7-6 (23:27)

Penn's Freshman, Taylyn Stadler, responded with a goal of her own off an assist from Gabby Rosenzweig to tie game at 7-7. With 20 minutes remaining, both teams continued to have shots hit the crossbar and goalies make key saves. With 16 minutes remaining, Erin Barry finally found the back of the net off a free position and gave the Quakers 8-7 lead.

Erin Barry scores off free position to put Penn ahead 8-7

Twenty seconds later, Penn pulled ahead by two goals when Robin Panzarella scored a quick goal off the draw control by Chelsea Kibler. Down two goals, Duke brought in Maddie Jenner to change up the center circle.

Maddie Jenner (Duke) draws against Chelsea Kibler (Penn)

Down 9-7, Duke's top goal scorer, Charlotte North, started to take over. But North's lethal 8-meter shot that normally ends up in the back of the net - hit the post.

Charlotte North shoots free position off the pipe

But Charlotte would come back on the next possession and made a beautiful move to duck under the Penn defense and score to bring the game within one goal at 8-9.

Over five minutes would pass - both teams had scoring opportunities including Elyse Decker (Penn) on an open shot in front of the cage that Jamie Lockwood stepped up to make huge save and keep Duke in the game.

Jamie Lockwood (Duke) saves shot in front of the cage by Elyse Decker (Penn)

Still down a goal, Charlotte North led the Duke comeback and scored her 40th goal of the season to tie the game 9-9. The shot hits the pipes (maybe twice) before it rolled into the goal. Not the prettiest goal, perhaps even lucky - Penn called a timeout to stop the two goal run by Duke's leading scorer.

Game Winning Goal

Tied at 9-9 with five minutes remaining, Penn used the timeout to reset their attack and focus on the next draw control. Chelsea Kibler came through on the draw control, and Penn looked to their clutch attacker, Zoe Belodeau, to put the ball in the net.

Zoe Belodeau, came through again with a flash across to goal and a pass in from Tylyan Stadler to score the winning goal and put the Quakers ahead 10-9.

Zoe Belodeau (Penn) scores winning goal against Duke on a feed from Taylyn Stadler

With over four minutes to play, Penn shut down the Duke attack and prevented the Blue Devils from scoring again. Mental errors by Duke on the last two possessions, coupled with a key ground ball by Lauren O'Mara, enabled Penn to hold on for the win.

Lauren O'Mara (Penn) recovers key ground ball late in the game

Up Next

The Quakers will continue their Ivy League season against Cornell on Saturday (March 23) and face a dangerous #5 Northwestern team the following weekend on the road. For Duke, they face a tough ACC game against #8 UVA on Saturday (March 23).

If Penn can continue to win these close games and Own It every step of the way - look for the Quakers to capture their 14th Ivy League title and battle it out on the road to the Final Four and their first NCAA Championship.

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