Women’s Lacrosse Drops 6-5 Double Overtime Decision to No. 9/12 Penn in Ivy Tournament Semifinal, 6-5

Audrey Todd tallied two goals Friday evening (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's lacrosse team fell in the second overtime of its Ivy League Tournament semifinal game to No. 9/12 Penn, 6-5, Friday evening at Franklin Field.

Audrey Todd paced the Harvard (9-7) attack with two scores, while Kelly Weis was a stalwart in net with 10 saves. Eliza Guild , Megan Hennessey and Alexis Nicola and each tabbed a goal apiece.

In a defensive battle to open the game, Penn (12-4) broke onto the scoreboard first at 14:05 to take the lead before Eliza Guild answered 45 seconds later, taking the ball from the top of the crease and firing it past the Quaker keeper for the equalizer.

Penn retook the upper hand, roping one in on a breakaway with 11:33 left until the Crimson answered again as Hennessey exploded towards the goal and bounced one into the back of the net to tie it up at 2-2 with 6:52 left in the half.

Nicolia gave Harvard its first lead of the game less than a minute later, powering past a pair of defenders and finishing in traffic to make it 3-2. The Quakers had the final say of the opening half as they collected a rebound off a save and snuck one in to tie it at 3-3 with one second remaining.

Harvard went back on top to open the second half, scoring 6:44 into the frame as Todd snapped in a feed from Marisa Romeo to reclaim the advantage at 4-3. Todd stayed hot as she furthered the Crimson's command to 5-3 with 17:28 to go, netting another one-timer on a dish from Hennessey.

The Quakers send it back to a one-goal game less 43 seconds later, capitalizing on a free position shot, and evened the score at 5-5 with 6:44 ticks left on the clock. However, the score would hold at five all, sending the game into sudden-death overtime.

Neither team could send home the game-winner after the end of the first overtime frame. With 1:22 left in the second overtime, Penn's Caroline Cummings earned the game-winning goal to end Harvard's tournament run.

Julia Lennon paced the Crimson with four ground balls, while Emma Ford caused three turnovers to pace the defense.

Harvard ends its season in the Ivy Tournament semifinals for a third-straight season and caps its 2016 campaign with a 9-7 record.