CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard scored four first half goals, including two by Christian Sady, en route to shutting out Penn on senior day, 6-0. The Crimson registered its highest scoring output since 2008 when it won a 6-1 decision against Columbia. The Crimson finished its regular season with a 9-6-2 record and advanced to 5-2 in Ivy League play.
Sady netted his first goal of the day to get Harvard on the board at the eight-minute mark after working a give-and-go with Oliver White before snapping the back of the net with a shot to give Harvard the lead. Sady struck again three minutes later as Michael Klain placed a ball at Sady's feet on a throw in. Sady was left wide-open and took a touch before he bended a left-footed shot into the corner to put Harvard ahead, 2-0.
Jake Freeman scored his first goal of the contest at the 16-minute mark after he deked the keeper on a breakaway, making a move to his left before slotting it past the keeper for the 3-0 lead. Fellow senior Tim Schmoll worked a give-and-go with Justin Crichlow and Nate Devine before he broke through the Penn defense and slipped it past the Quaker keeper to give Harvard a commanding 4-0 lead at the half.
Even Mendez and the Crimson defense held the Quakers in check as it got only two shot attempts off in the first half as the offense surpassed its highest scoring output of the season with 45 minutes left to play. The goalkeeper recorded three saves in the game.
Penn didn't do itself any favors to stop the damage in the second half after a red card on the Penn keeper resulted in Jake Freeman cashing in on the ensuing penalty kick, sending a laser past the diving reach of the keeper for his second goal of the game, pushing Harvard's lead to 5-0 ten minutes into the second half. Michael Innocenzi scored the final goal for the Crimson as he took a cross from White, pulled a spin move on the Penn defender and buried the ball into the back of the net at Harvard cruised to a 6-0 win.
Harvard's seniors enjoyed their finale at Jordan Field, accounting for four of the Crimson's six goals. The Crimson will await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday, Nov. 16 to see if its season will continue.