CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team lost itsIvy Leagueopener to the team it shared last year's championship with, Harvard. The Crimson escaped Jordan Field with a 1-0 win.
The Quakers (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) and Crimson (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) played 60 minutes of scoreless field hockey before either team could find the back of the cage. Harvard outshot the Red and Blue, 11-5, and held a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners. Senior co-captain Kristen Gray had two shots in the game, while classmate and fellow captain Lea Salese and junior Tracy Statter each had one.
With just under 10 minutes remaining in the game, Harvard was awardeda penalty stroke when a Penn defender made illegal contact with a Harvard shot heading into the back of the cage. Tamara Sobek-Rosnick buried the resulting stroke in the upper right corner for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
In the Penn cage, junior Elizabeth Schlossberg made six saves. Kelly Knoche recorded two stops for the Crimson.
Penn returns to Franklin Field for its home opener Wednesday,taking on Lafayette at 7:15 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, Associate Director of Athletic Communications