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Freshman attacker Keeley Block looks to score on the crease during the game against Delaware on Feb. 19 at Franklin Field. Credit: Samantha Turner

Quaker fans have another team to get excited about. 

The No. 20 University of Pennsylvania’s women’s lacrosse team opened the 2022 season with a dominating 15-4 win against Delaware on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field, winning its season opener for the ninth year in a row.

Penn’s season will likely be a tough one, as the Quakers are scheduled to take on seven nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 5 Northwestern, No. 6 Duke, No. 8 Maryland, No. 9 Loyola, No. 19 Drexel, and No. 21 Johns Hopkins. 

The other Ivy team to be on the lookout for this season is No. 16 Princeton, a highly anticipated matchup set for Wednesday, April 20 which could determine the top of the Ivy League. 

In the first game of the season, sophomores Katilyn Cumiskey and Alyson Feeley both recorded hat tricks, and nine different Quakers found the back of the net. Freshmen Bella Kehoe, Natasha Gorriaran, and Keeley Block all got her their first collegiate goals as well. 

The first two early goals of the game came from Cumiskey, scoring with help from senior Taylyn Stadler and sophomore Lexi Edmonds. 

Credit: Samantha Turner Sophomore midfielder Alyson Feeley drives past a Delaware defender during the game on Feb. 19 at Franklin Field.

Feeley contributed two early goals, which doubled the lead to put Penn up 4-0. The Red and Blue continued to dominate in the second quarter, racking up 10 goals by the half thanks to a seven-goal surge in the second quarter. 

Despite Penn being up 10-0, Delaware did not back down. The Blue Hens finally got a goal late in the third, but the Quakers fired back with unassisted goals from junior Niki Miles and Gorriaran. 

The Blue Hens cut Penn’s lead to 10 at 14-4 in the fourth before yet another Quaker, Block, got her first collegiate goal.

Penn took the game 15-4, outshooting Delaware 34-18. Penn senior Krissy Kowalski had 10 saves compared to five from the Blue Hens’ keepers.

The Quakers' next matchup, which will serve as their first game against a ranked opponent, will come against No. 21 Johns Hopkins next Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Franklin Field.