Purce leads the Ancient Eight with four goals on the season. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to her second two-goal performance of the season – fourth of her career – Harvard sophomore Margaret Purce was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the League announced Monday.
Purce's two tallies came as the Crimson downed Penn at Rhodes Field, 3-0, marking the first time since 2012 the Quakers have lost at home, and the first time since 2006 Harvard handed Penn a loss on the road.
After a scoreless first half, Purce got things rolling with a tricky goal. Speeding up the central alley, the Olney, Md., native was tackled, but the defender ricocheted the ball off Purce's foot just outside the box and over the keeper's head. After Emily Mosbacher sent in a beautiful header to put the Crimson up 2-0, Purce sent in her second mark off a great individual play. The Crimson forward kept the ball from going out of bounds, then trickled around defenders before firing a rocket on goal in the near upper 90 to give Harvard its commanding 3-0 lead.
On the season, Purce leads the squad – and is tied for the conference lead – with four goals, adding an assist for nine points. She and the Crimson prepare to take on UMass on Monday, followed by Yale on Saturday.