HANOVER, N.H. – The first Ivy League loss of the season was a stinger for the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team.
The Big Green (7-2, 3-1 Ivy League) were unable to hold off No. 11 Penn’s second-half comeback as the Quakers (9-2, 3-0 Ivy League) came away from Scully-Fahey Field with a 13-11 win.
The loss snapped Dartmouth’s seven-game win streak and allowed the Quakers to move ahead in the standings as both teams came into the game unbeaten in Ancient Eight play.
A two-goal lead at halftime in favor of the home team was the result of four straight scores over the course of 10 minutes before Penn answered back with the final tally of the half with just two seconds remaining.
A back-and-forth second stanza saw the Big Green build the lead to 10-8. The Quakers fought back and tied the game only to see the home team go ahead once more, 11-10, on Katie Bourque’s second of the day with 11:33 to play.
However, that was the last Dartmouth tally of the afternoon as Penn scored the last three goals — including the last two by Zoe Belodeau — over the course of the final seven and a half minutes to pull out the comeback victory.
Offensively, the Green and White were led by Campbell Brewer’s hat trick and the four-point (3-1-4) performance from Tori Chanenchuk. Both Ellie Carson and Bourque chipped in with a pair of goals as well.
Belodeau paced Penn with four goals and six points, while both Caroline Cummings and Erin Barry each notched a trio of markers.
Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Kiera Vrindten was called on all day to make several big stops, finishing the game with 13 as Penn posted 26 shots on goal. Quakers’ goalie Mikaila Cheeseman stopped just six in earning the win.
In all, Dartmouth held a 16-9 edge in draw controls with eight of those coming from junior Kathryn Giroux. Penn held the advantage in total shots (34-26) and ground balls (25-18).
The Big Green are back in action Wednesday in Chestnut Hill where it will play No. 2 Boston College.