CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Field hockey came into its first road Ivy League game unbeaten after a home victory against Cornell, but the Harvard Crimson (3-3, 1-1 Ivy) were not hospitable hosts as they defeated the visitors 4-1. The Quakers trailed 1-0 at the half, but three Harvard goals early in the second half put Penn in a hole that it was unable to climb out of.
With Penn down 4-0, Julie Tahan added a penalty stroke goal to put Penn on the scoreboard for the sixth consecutive game. For Tahan, it was the second goal of her sophomore campaign. For the game, the Quakers were outshot 23-15. In the second half, Penn was much more productive offensively as it took 12 shots to Harvard's 11. On the contrary, the Quakers were outshot 12-3 in the first half. The Quakers held the slight 9-8 edge in penalty corners.
Penn's first penalty corner opportunity came just one minute into the game and after Helene Caniglia inserted the ball for play, she would get the pass back, but her shot would go wide of net. In a five minute span, from the fourth minute of play through the ninth minute, Harvard would have its early chances as well. During that time Frame, the Crimson earned two penalty corners and got five shots off, but three of the shots went wide, another was blocked, and the fifth shot was saved by Kieran Sweeney.
After a rash of substitutions by Harvard, the Crimson would get another shot on goal that was saved by Sweeney in the 15th minute, but just 14 seconds after the first shot Noel Painter, who was substituted in less than five minutes earlier, put the redirection in the back of the net for her third goal of the season.
A Penn timeout to try and settle down the team could not slow down Harvard's offensive possession as the Crimson took three more shots in the three minutes following the goal. Five more Harvard substitutions ensued and the Quakers got their second penalty corner of the game in the 21st minute of play, but they could not get a shot. A minute later, Emily Corcoran would put the first shot on target for Penn but the attempt was saved. Corcoran would take another shot on goal a minute later and was again denied.
In the 28th minute of play, Penn earned its third penalty corner and once again could not get a shot. Harvard closed the half with its own penalty corner and a shot that went wide.
Just one minute into the second half, Harvard earned an early penalty corner and had a shot saved by Sweeney but the referees awarded the penalty stroke. The Crimson would convert the chance, making the score 2-0. Quickly gaining possession of the ball again, Harvard took it deep in the Penn defensive zone and scored its second goal of the half, just over two minutes in. There was less than one minute between the two goals.
Trying to get back in the 3-0 game, Penn earned a penalty corner with Corcoran and Tahan getting shots off, but neither would reach the goalie. Harvard then transitioned back into its offense and scored its fourth goal of the game just under five minutes into the half. Ten minutes into the second half, Harvard got two more shots off, but the first was blocked and Sweeney was there to save the second.
In the 51st minute, Penn earned another penalty corner, but Tahan would have her shot blocked before it reached goal. Two minutes later, the Quakers earned another penalty corner. Alex Iqbal's original shot was blocked, but Sunny Stirewalt recorded her first shot on goal this season on the follow up, but it was saved. After the play, the referees awarded a second penalty stroke, this time to the Quakers. Tahan would make the most of the Penn opportunity as she put the stroke in for her second goal of the season.
Just one minute after the penalty stroke goal, Tahan would get another shot on goal and Penn would earn another penalty corner. Caniglia would take her second shot of the game shortly after inserting the ball for play again, but this time it was saved. Two minutes later, Iqbal took another shot with her attempt going wide of goal.
In the 65th minute of play, Harvard took possession back and earned a pair of short corners and recorded two shots on those chances. Sweeney saved the first and the defense blocked the second. With under three minutes to go, Penn earned its eighth penalty corner of the game and the original shot by Sarah Hasson was blocked and Corcoran's shot off the blocked shot was saved. With just over a minute to play, Penn took its ninth and final short corner. Hasson would take her second shot, but this would again be blocked for the final offensive threat of the game.
With the loss the Quakers now sit at 1-1 in the Ivy League. Five different Quakers got a shot on goal this game, led by Corcoran's four total shots with three on goal. Tahan also had four shots with two on goal. Caniglia, Iqbal, and Hasson each finished with a pair of shots. Sweeney played the entire seventy minutes in goal and made eight saves during that time. For the Crimson, nine players recorded shots and four different players scored the four goals. Cynthia Tassopoulos played the entire game in goal for Harvard, allowing the one goal and making six saves to pick up her third win of the season.
After the brief road trip, Penn returns home this Wednesday for a non-conference game at Franklin Field against La Salle. That game will get underway at 7:15 p.m. The Ivy League schedule resumes with a home game against Dartmouth next Saturday at noon.
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