NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team allowed Yale to score the first goal Saturday, but scored the next three and held on to down the Bulldogs, 3-2.
With the win, the Quakers improved to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League play. Penn now has its best win total since the 2007 team went 8-9. Yale is now 4-9, 1-4.
Junior captain Julie Tahan figured in all three goals for Penn, assisting the first two and then scoring what would prove to be the game-winner. Sarah Hasson and Sunny Stirewalt were the Quakers' other goalscorers, while Carly Sokach was huge in goal as she came up with 13 saves.
Yale drew first blood nearly 20 minutes into the game, as Nicole Wells tipped home a shot from Emily Schuckert. However, Penn tied it up less than seven minutes later when Hasson tipped a shot from Tahan into the goal.
Penn took a lead it would not relinquish just 1:40 into the second half. Off a penalty corner, Tahan found Stirewalt who was able to connect. Twelve minutes later, Tahan made it 3-1 with her seventh goal of the season, the assist going to Hasson.
Yale got one of those goals back with just under 20 minutes to play, as Brooke Gogel deflected an Erica Borgo shot over Sokach's shoulder. However, the Quaker defense stifled the Bulldogs the rest of the way, with Sokach making eight of her stops after the halftime break. Yale outshot Penn in the game, 21-15.
Penn will remain in Connecticut overnight, and faces Fairfield in a non-conference game on Sunday at 1 p.m.