Harvard fell just short in its quest for a second straight top 20 upset Saturday at No. 9/10 Penn, 14-13, in overtime (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team played its second overtime game of the week in search of its second straight top 20 upset, but Courtney Tomchik's goal with 0:24 remaining in the extra session proved to be the difference as No. 9/10 Penn took the victory, 14-13, Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.
Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault each registered a hat trick for the Crimson (2-2, 0-2 Ivy League) with Baskind's season-high four goals leading the way. Cyr recorded a team-high four ground balls and three draw controls, while Tetreault added four draw controls. Tetreault converted all three of her free position shots as Harvard went 5-fo-7 for the day. Kelly Weiss tallied six saves in goal while taking the loss.
Penn (3-1, 1-0 Ivy League) was led by Caroline Bunting and Tomchik who each scored four goals, while Erin Brennan added three. The Quakers held a 23-20 edge in shots and an 18-13 advantage in draw controls, including a 4-1 margin in overtime.
Baskind gave Harvard an early 1-0 lead with her first score of the day, but Brennan and Maddie Poplawski scored back-to-back goals to give Penn a 2-1 advantage with 25:19 remaining in the first half. Tetreault answered for the Crimson to tie the score at 2-2, as Harvard went on a 4-0 run to open a 5-2 lead. Cyr and Tyler Petropulos followed Tetreault for a two-goal margin, before Cyr's second score made it a three-goal game with 10:47 remaining in the half. Jennifer VanderMeulen got in on the action while Harvard was a man down with 1:42 to go in the frame, giving the Crimson a 6-3 lead at the break.
Penn came out of the intermission quickly, as Tomchick and Poplawski cut the deficit to 6-5 with 25:26 to play. Harvard scored four unanswered goals, however, including three straight from Baskind to open its biggest lead of the afternoon, 10-5. A 6-1 run by Penn tied the score at 11 with 5:55 remaining, before Tetreault gave the Crimson a 12-11 margin off a free position shot with just 2:54 to go. Bunting evened the score once again with 1:06 remaining, 12-12, and the Quakers held the ball with a chance to win it at the end of regulation. Weis came up with her biggest save of the afternoon off a Brennan shot attempt, however, to force overtime.
Penn won the opening draw in the extra session and went on top, 13-12, 1:14 into the action as Brennan netted her fourth goal of the day. Jess Halpern scored the equalizer for the Crimson with 1:20 remaining, but the Quakers won the ensuing draw leading to Tomchik's game winner with 0:24 on the clock.
Harvard will be back in action Saturday, March 17 when it faces Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Melanie Baskind and Micaela Cyr have recorded two hat tricks this season, while Danielle Tetreault's three-goal performance was her first … Melanie Baskind (4g) and Danielle Tetrault (3g, 1a) recorded a season-high four points at No. 9/10 Penn … Harvard went to overtime against both No. 13 James Madison and No. 9/10 Penn, marking the first time in program history the Crimson has gone to overtime in back-to-back games.