Natalie Sicher scored her second game-winning goal of the year to help lift Harvard past Penn.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Two second half goals by No. 12 Harvard field hockey (8-1, 2-0 Ivy), including a go-ahead score by Natalie Sicher with 7:30 to play helped the Crimson earn a 2-1 win at Penn (4-5, 1-1 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon.
Harvard's best chance in a scoreless opening half came late, as a shot by Maddie Earle with under a minute to play flew just high over the cage.
Harvard took the lead on van Vlijmen's goal early in the second half.. Tessel Huibregtsen made a nice run into the circle, and her initial shot was stopped, but van Vlijmen was there to put home the rebound at 38:10.
Penn tied the game minutes later on a tip off a penalty corner to set up the exciting finish.
Sicher scored on a beautiful redirection in the closing minutes, taking a long pass from Kiley Allen and redirecting a high shot past the Penn goalkeeper to give Harvard the lead for good.
- Bente van Vlijmen leads the Ivy League with 23 points (nine goals, five assists) on the season.
- Natalie Sicher (four goals, assist) has points in three straight games and has two game-winning goals this season.
- Kiley Allen leads all Harvard first years with seven points (goal, five assists).
- Harvard is off to its best nine-game start in program history.
- Harvard is now 22-17-2 in the all-time series against Penn and has won the last three meetings.
- The Crimson is 17-1 in its last 18 Ivy League contests.
Harvard hosts Bryant tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+