March 19, 2011

Yale Falls to No. 4 Penn 7-2

Quakers Score Final Five Goals of Game

PHILADELPHIA – No. 4 Penn extended its string of consecutive victories in Ivy League games to 31 with a 7-2 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Quakers scored the final five goals of the game after the Bulldogs tied the game 2-2 on a goal by senior attacker Myra Trivellas with 26 minutes to play. Junior goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush finished with 13 saves.

Scoring was limited in the first half, though attacker Erin Brennan scored only 52 seconds in to give Penn (6-0, 2-0 Ivy League) a 1-0 lead. She scored again 10 minutes later, but other than that the final 20 minutes of the period included only one more goal, from Yale junior attacker Caroline Crow assisted by sophomore midfielder Kelsea Smith.

Trivellas tied the game with a free-position goal at 26:09. But Brennan answered a minute later to give Penn a 3-2 edge, and the Quakers slowly began pulling away. Midfielder Maddie Poplawski extended that lead to two goals seven minutes later, and after the Quakers made it 5-2 with 14 minutes left the Bulldogs called time.

Quackenbush made a save on a free-position shot by attacker Giulia Giordano with six minutes to play to keep Yale within striking distance. But goals by midfielder Tory Bensen and Poplawski in the final three minutes put the game out of reach.

Yale (1-5, 0-2 Ivy League) hosts BU Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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