PHILADELPHIA - After giving up three first-half goals, the Penn field hockey team was unable to mount a comeback against Virginia Commonwealth University, falling 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field.
VCU (3-0) got on the board just under five minutes into the game when sophomore Hannah Lyerly scored after a penalty corner. The Rams then took a 2-0 lead at the 15:54 mark of the first half when junior Marle van Dessel found the back of the cage, again subsequent to a penalty corner.
The Quakers fired back with resilience as sophomore Kirstin Snyder attacked the goal in the 28th minute. Keeper Megan Botteri saved Penn's first attempt, but senior Kelsey Tahan punched in a pass from Snyder, cutting the deficit in half.
However, that was as close as the Quakers would get. Shortly before the first half's expiration, van Dessel extended the Rams' lead to 3-1 and recorded her second goal of the afternoon on a penalty stroke past Penn keeper Kieran Sweeney.
A lot of midfield back-and-forth play led to no scoring opportunities in the start of the second half, until the 39th minute when Lindsay Jones rattled the cage once again for the Rams.
Penn was outshot by a 14-9 margin, but held the second-half shot count even at four. VCU held the advantage in penalty corners, 9-3.
In net, Sweeney made two saves in the full 70 minutes of action.
The Quakers (0-2) continue non-conference play this week as they take a trip across town to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, then hit the road to Burlington, Vermont, where they play Vermont on Saturday and New Hampshire on Sunday.