CAMBRIDGE - Penn field hockey traveled to Cambridge on Saturday to openits Ivy League season. The Quakers entered the game with a record of 0-3 and were looking to take their early-season frustration out on the Crimson.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, the game started much like the other games this season. While Penn was able to control play, it was the opposition who got on the board first. Kayla Romanelli took a Maggie McVeigh pass and slipped a goal past Alanna Butera's right pad, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead at the 17:36 mark.
The game then turned into the Tami Jafar show. The Crimson forward scored the next two goals of the game, one late in the first half and the other a little under six minutes into the second half. Jafar scored her first goal of the season when she converted a penalty corner with an assist to Francine Polet at 31:50. She thentook advantage of a loose ball in front of Butera and fired it into the back of the net again at 40:58. McVeigh was credited with her second assist of the game on the goal.
Penn did not give up and tried desperately to tie the game. Margaretha Ehret converted a penalty corner with less than ten minutes to go in the game to bring the score to 3-1. A set play executed by captains Jamie Calahan and Meghan Rose setup Ehret for her team-leading third goal of the year. The Quakers continued the pressure for the remainder of the game, but could not erase the Crimson lead.
Harvard's game plan was to shoot as soon as they entered the circle. The Crimson took 15 shots on the game, ten of which reached Butera. Penn, on the other hand, managed only five shots on goal.
Penn takes the field again Wednesday night forits home opener when the Quakers welcome Lafayette to Franklin Field. The game starts at 7:15 p.m.. Last year, Penn defeated the Leopards, 3-1.