Cyr (pictured) and Todd fired a game-high seven shots each.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—A strong second half was not enough for the Harvard women's lacrosse team after No. 19 Penn got out to a big first-half lead and went on to a 14-5 win Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
After the Quakers (1-3, 1-0 Ivy League) jumped ahead by a 9-0 halftime score, the Crimson (0-3, 0-2) scored five goals and outshot Penn by an 18-9 count after the break.
Aubrey Todd led the Crimson with three goals, including the first two of the second half, and Micaela Cyr added a pair of tallies. Cyr added three draw controls and three ground balls, while Lauren Tomkinson and Danielle Tetreault scooped up four ground balls each.
Harvard finished with a advantages of 16-15 in ground balls and 12-9 in draw controls and got five saves from Annie Meyjes.
The game ended up fairly even statistically, but Penn goalie Lucy Ferguson made a difference with 14 saves. On the other end, Iris Williamson scored four goals for the Quakers and three other players logged two goals each.
The Crimson climbed to within seven goals twice at 9-2 and 10-3, but Penn then scored three straight goals to end any hopes of a Harvard comeback.