Romeo Scores Four Times in Setback at No. 15/17 Penn


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No. 15/17 Penn 9, Harvard 4
Harvard (2-2, 1-1 Ivy)
Penn (3-1, 1-0 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Penn 24, Harvard 18
vs. Marquette Saturday, March 15

Marisa Romeo (center) tallied all four Harvard goals against the Quakers (Ted Keating).

PHILADELPHIA – Marisa Romeo tied her career-high with four goals, but the Harvard women' s lacrosse team dropped an Ivy League road game at No. 15/17 Penn, 9-4, Saturday afternoon.

Kelly Weis made five saves in net for Harvard, which falls to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ancient Eight. Sarah Barcia recorded a hat trick for the Quakers (3-1, 1-0), while goalie Lucy Ferguson turned away nine shots.

All four of Romeo's goals were unassisted with two coming on free-position shots. Tory Waldstein grabbed four ground balls, and Kyleigh Keating had two draw controls for the Crimson. Penn owned the edge in shots, 19-18, ground balls, 19-18, and draw controls, 12-3. Harvard finished 13-of-15 on clear attempts.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Marisa Romeo matched her career-high with four goals. Romeo previously scored four times at Saint Mary's Feb. 23.
  • Two of Romeo's goals were on free-position attempts.
  • Tory Waldstein recorded a career-high with four ground balls.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard has allowed only 10 goals in the last 90 minutes of game action, dating back to halftime of the Cornell game March 1.
  • The Crimson falls to 0-2 against ranked teams this spring.
  • Harvard is 1-2 in away games but will play seven of its 11 remaining games in Cambridge.
  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in each of the first four games.
  • Harvard was 13-of-15 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all four games.
  • Romeo now leads Harvard with 13 goals and 16 points through four games.
  • Penn extends its win streak against the Crimson to 15 games (dating back to 2001).

Game Progression:

  • The Quakers scored the game's first three goals before Harvard got on the scoreboard with 2:13 remaining in the first half.
  • Harvard got with one score, 3-2, at 27:29 of the second half.
  • The teams traded each of the next six goals, as Penn went up, 6-4, with 11:37 remaining in the game.
  • The Quakers then added the games' last three goals over the final 5:19 of action.

Ties: None
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard – none, Penn by five – 2nd: 2:21

Up Next:
Harvard will return home to host Marquette in a non-conference tilt Saturday, March 15 at noon. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.