The women’s lacrosse season got underway this weekend, and junior midfielder Erin Barry picked up right where she left off.
As the Quakers dominated their first game of the year with a 15-4 win over Delaware, Barry led the charge, scoring four goals and recording an assist.
Last season’s leading goal scorer was especially effective early on Saturday, scoring three first half goals to help the Red and Blue jump out to a commanding 9-3 halftime lead. Barry would add another goal in the second half to complete her perfect shooting night, recording her four goals on just four shots.
Last season, Penn women’s lacrosse suffered a difficult loss to Princeton in the Ivy League Championship but made it all the way to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. This season, with the return of three of their four first team All-Ivy players and boasting a No. 10 national ranking, the expectations are even higher for the Red and Blue.
In order for the Quakers to live up to their lofty aspirations, they are going to need strong play from Barry, whose 51 goals a year ago was good for the third-most prolific season in program history. This stellar performance earned her a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and second team All-American honors.
Although it has just been one game, Barry and the Quakers look like a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League and potentially the rest of the NCAA.
While Barry’s strong performance earned her Player of the Week honors, a number of Quakers in other sports also had strong performances over the weekend.
Penn men’s basketball’s AJ Brodeur continued his impressive year, scoring a career-high 36 points and tallying 11 rebounds in the Quakers' overtime win against Dartmouth on Friday before adding another 23 points in Penn’s loss to Harvard on Saturday. This dominant weekend raised Brodeur’s scoring average to 17 points per game on the season.
Additionally, in another record-setting weekend for Penn track, Rachel Lee Wilson bested her own personal and Penn record with a toss of 20.30 meters in the weight throw.
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