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Last year, Penn men's lacrosse lost to Duke 17-7, and will hope to have an opposite result this weekend.

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The Quakers are back in action this weekend against tough competition following their season-opening games. 

Following an impressive victory over No. 19 Georgetown, No. 15 Penn women’s lacrosse will host Johns Hopkins at Franklin Field on Saturday, while the men’s team looks for their first win against No. 10 Duke in Charlotte, N.C.

The women got their revenge against the Hoyas, who knocked them out of the NCAA Tournament last year, in a 17-6 win last weekend. The Red and Blue’s 17 goals were the most in an opening game since 2012, and they have now won eight straight season openers under coach Karin Corbett. 

The Quakers will continue to rely on senior All-Americans Erin Barry and Gabby Rosenzweig, who combined for 14 points to lead their high-octane offense. Barry sparked the Quakers with the first goal of the game just two minutes in, and finished leading the team with four goals. With three goals and five assists against Georgetown, Rosenzweig finds herself just nine points and seven assists shy from tying program records in both categories with her whole season left.

The women also set the tone on the other end of the field, conceding only one goal in the first half. Sophomore goalie Krissy Kowalski, who is also a Daily Pennsylvanian staffer, held her ground between the pipes, ending her afternoon with 12 saves. 

The Blue Jays are 1-1, beating University City foe Drexel before losing to No. 11 Loyola (Md.) last week. Junior attacker Aurora Cordingley leads the team with six goals, and also added three assists over the two games. Last year in Baltimore, the Quakers salvaged a thrilling 11-10 overtime win, and will look for another positive result this Saturday.

While the women’s lacrosse team got off to a hot start, Penn men’s lacrosse will have to grind to get its first win of the season. The Quakers opened their season in College Park, Md. against No. 4 Maryland and lost in a closely contested game. Led by junior attacker Sean Lulley, the Red and Blue held a 15-9 lead in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on, conceding eight unanswered goals to end the game. 

Lulley paced the team with four goals and two assists, and sophomore All-American Sam Handley built on his record-breaking freshman year, adding three goals and two assists before being taken out late with an injury.

Duke (2-1) is coming off a 15-13 win over current No. 13 Denver on the road. Led by senior attacker Joey Manown and freshman attacker Dyson Williams — each with seven goals this season — Duke will lean on its offensive talent. The Quakers will also face a challenge from sophomore midfielder Owen Caputo, who leads the team with 12 points over the first three games.

Last year, the Quakers lost to the Blue Devils by a 17-7 score in their first away game of the season, so the Red and Blue will hope to flip the script this time around. 

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