Field Hockey Edged by Harvard in Double OT, 3-2

*The Quakers came back from a two goal deficit in the 45th and 63rd minutes to send the game into extra time, but Harvard notched the game-winner in double overtime off a corner to win the Ivy League matchup 3-2.

*Hoover became Penn’s all-time leading goal scorer during today’s game, notching the 45th and 46th tallies of her career to break a 35-year old record last held by Lisa Romig set in 1981. Earlier this season she earned the distinction of becoming Penn’s all-time leader in points.

*Penn fell to 1-1 in conference action with the loss and moved to 6-3 overall on the year following today’s contest.

PHILADELPHIA – Alexa Hoover helped the Quakers come back from a two goal deficit, but Harvard (6-4, 2-0) tallied the game-winner in double-overtime as the University of Pennsylvania (6-3, 1-1) field hockey team lost a hard fought battle, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.

With her two goals today, Hoover surpassed the school all-time goal scoring record last set in 1981 by Lisa Romig – a record that stood for 35 years. The junior forward tallied the 45th and 46th scores of her career, breaking Romig’s record of 44, in a come-from-behind effort to help the Red and Blue push overtime on their Ancient Eight rival.

After finding themselves down 2-0 following 34 minutes of action, the Quakers rallied following intermission to dominate the second half. Hoover cut the visitor lead to one when she grabbed a loose ball in front of net and drove it across the line at the 44:15 mark to break the school record and cut the lead to 2-1.

Less than 20 minutes later in the waning minutes of regulation, Hoover collected a long ball sent from Jasmine Li at the 25 yard line. After pushing to the circle, Hoover found the back of the net once again off a reverse shot to goal for the game-tying score to push the contest into extra minutes.

The Quakers dominated the first overtime period and saw two shots sail just wide of the net in the first 15 minutes of action, but neither team could find the back of the net which forced the second stanza of extra minutes.

The Crimson made the most of penalty corner earned in the second overtime period in the 88th minute of action. Marissa Balleza tallied her second goal of the match, and the game-winner, off the corner with a straight shot to goal. The drive found the back of the net off the right post as Harvard picked up the Ivy League win.

On the defensive side, Penn’s Liz Mata notched eight saves in the loss while Harvard’s Libby Manela tallied four in the victory. Harvard outshot the hosts by a 17-11 margin for the contest.

The Red and Blue will return to action on Friday, Oct. 7th when they travel to Dartmouth for the continuation of Ivy League competition. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.