Women’s lax wins Ivy title for 11th time in 12 years

The Quakers defeated Yale on Saturday to earn their third straight conference championship.

Penn Lacrosse champs

With both hands already full of Ivy League championships, the women’s lacrosse program won another on Saturday in Connecticut. The Quakers (12-3) defeated Yale 14-11 to earn their 11th Ivy League title in the past 12 years, and 13th overall. Penn shares the conference championship with Princeton; both teams finished 6-1 in league play.

Battling the Bulldogs in the regular season finale, the Quakers broke open a close game with a 5-0 run and entered halftime with an 8-3 lead. Sophomore Erin Barry scored three goals in the first half, and freshman Zoe Belodeau and sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig added two each.

Yale rallied in the second half, but steady goal-scoring by the Quakers yielded a Penn victory and the Ivy League crown. Barry finished with 4 goals, her fifth consecutive game scoring 3 or more goals. Belodeau had 4 goals and 3 assists. Her 35 goals are a new single-season record for Penn freshmen, and her 67 points are third all-time in Ivy League history for a freshman.

Senior Caroline Cummings had 2 goals and 2 assists. Goalie Mikaila Cheeseman, a sophomore, had nine saves and notched her 10th win of the season.

Belodeau and Rosenzweig are tied for the team lead with 67 points—and both are tied for fifth all-time in a season by a Quaker.

Barry’s 45 goals on the season and Rosenzweig’s 41 mark the first time in program history that the women’s lacrosse team has multiple 40-goal scorers.

Penn has won the Ivy League championship for three years in a row, after winning eight straight from 2007-14. Since 2007, the Quakers are 77-7 in conference play, equating to a .917 winning percentage.

The No. 2-seeded Quakers will take on No. 3 seed Dartmouth in the Ivy League Tournament on Friday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at Princeton. The game can be viewed on ESPN+.