You could call it double-digit dominance.
On Saturday, No. 9 Penn women’s lacrosse annihilated Columbia, 19-4, to earn its 10th win so far this season, and it came with their largest margin of victory yet.
This success is nothing new for the Quakers (10-2, 4-0 Ivy), however, as the team has had double-digit wins in 11 out of the last 12 seasons.
The Quakers didn’t have complete control of the game out of the gate at Franklin Field, as Columbia (5-8, 2-3) scored first in the game with little under a minute gone in the first half. Things picked up quickly for the Quakers from there, as senior Alex Condon and sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig each netted two quick goals to give the Quakers a lead they wouldn’t give up.
The Red and Blue continued to pour it on, with sophomore Erin Barry getting in on the action by scoring three of the Quakers' next six goals to give them eight in the half. The lead at halftime was 8-4, but the Quakers didn't stop there. In the second half, they pitched a shutout while also piling on 11 more goals.
Condon got the run started for the Quakers in the second half, notching two goals with less than two minutes ticking off the clock. Eventually, nine players would get in on the fun, further showing how anyone on this team is prepared and capable to step up in the biggest moments.
Overall, the underclassman made the biggest plays today, with Barry notching a team high six points with five goals, and freshman Zoe Belodeau accumulating five assists. However, with seniors Condon and Cummings both scored multiple goals as well, the veteran leaders on the team proved they can do more than just direct traffic on the field.
The win keeps the team on the path towards a regular season Ivy League title, and coach Karin Corbett has attained 10 in the last 11 seasons.
With the exception of a heartbreaking overtime loss to No. 12 Northwestern at home and the misstep earlier in the season against defending national champions Maryland, this Penn team has been nothing but perfection. While this team hasn’t spent multiple weeks ranked No. 1 as Corbett’s NCAA finalist team did back in 2008, be prepared for the Quakers to make some noise over multiple games in the tournament.
Next up in the quest for conference perfection is Harvard next Saturday on Senior Night at Franklin Field.