Penn women’s lacrosse opened its season on a high note in a victory against national No. 19 Georgetown. The Quakers’ victory was fueled by a stat-sheet stuffing performance by senior midfielder Erin Barry, whose efforts earned her DP Sports Player of the Week.
The No. 12 Red and Blue entered the season looking to build on a successful 2019 season that saw the team compete in both the Ivy League Championship and the NCAA Tournament. Thanks to Barry’s four goals and two assists, the team was able to do just that in its resounding 17-6 victory.
From the start, the Quakers controlled the momentum in Saturday’s contest, and Barry’s performance helped the team keep the Hoyas in the rearview mirror.
The senior opened up the scoring in Saturday’s contest with a goal only 2:04 into the game. Just a few minutes later, Barry scored her second goal of the game, giving the Quakers an early lead that they held for the rest of the game.
Barry made her presence felt throughout the contest. In addition to her pair of goals to start the game, the senior added another two goals before the end of the first half. While she did not score again in the second half of the contest, Barry tallied two assists in the final half hour to help Penn propel past the Hoyas.
Before the season, Barry’s name was listed on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the most outstanding player in women’s lacrosse. Saturday’s performance gave the senior a chance to show why she deserves to be in consideration for the award.
While Saturday's game was only the first in the Quakers’ 2020 campaign, it still offered plenty of takeaways and things to build on. Among these is the reality that Erin Barry will continue to play a large role in any success the Quakers have this season.
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