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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team fought back from deficits to tie Harvard twice in the fourth quarter, but the host Crimson were able to escape Harvard Stadium with an 8-7 overtime victory Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson won the faceoff to start the extra session, and Penn’s cause got even more dire when the Quakers were called for a penalty while Harvard possessed the ball. On the man-up, Peter Schwartz fed Murphy Vandervelde at the top left, and he rifled a shot past Quaker goalkeeper Brian Feeney to give the Crimson the win.
With the loss, Penn fell to 6-4 overall, 2-3 in Ivy League play (two of those losses coming in overtime). Harvard improved to 6-6 overall, 2-2 in Ivy play.
Penn was down, 6-3, heading into the final quarter, but got goals from Alex Blonsky, Nick Doktor and Isaac Bock to tie things up with 4:43 to play. Harvard regained the lead with 2:05 left, on an Ian Ardrey goal, but Tim Schwalje finished a feed from Mark Leonhard with just 55 seconds left to tie the score at 7-7. The Quakers then gained possession to end regulation, but could not get the victory.
Carl Zimmerman opened the scoring in Saturday’s game, finishing a feed from Alex White. Penn reeled off the next three goals over a five-minute span to go up, 3-1. Schwalje started the run off a feed from Drew Belinsky; less than a minute later, Zack Losco scored off a Schwalje feed. Belinsky ended the run, off a Losco pass.
Harvard got one of the goals back with a minute left in the period, White finishing a Carl Zimmerman pass. The Crimson then scored the only goals in the second quarter to go up 5-3 at the half. In the third, the only goal of the period came when Jack Walker finished a White feed for Harvard with just 14 seconds left.
Blonsky’s unassisted goal came with 10:12 left in the fourth and ended a scoreless drought of nearly 40 minutes, and that set the Quakers off. Doktor’s goal came off a feed from Joe McCallion less than four minutes later, and then Bock finished a Schwalje feed -- Schwalje’s fourth point of the game -- less than two minutes after that. Penn outshot Harvard by a staggering 17-2 in the period.
Penn outshot Harvard for the game, 43-26, but Crimson goalkeeper Harry Krieger had a superb game with 12 saves. At the other end, Feeney had six stops for the Quakers.
Penn closes out the Ivy League portion of its 2013 campaign next Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.