PHILADELPHIA – Senior captain Alex Iqbal scored three goals off corner plays, propelling the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team past Harvard, 4-1, at Ellen Vagelos Field on Saturday afternoon.
Scoring once in the first half, and twice in the second, Iqbal’s goals could have been mirror images of each other. All three scores came off of penalty corners for the Quakers, set up by fellow seniors Emily Corcoran and MaryRose Croddick.
The hat trick is the third this season for Penn (4-3, 1-1 Ivy). Corcoran and freshman Alexa Hoover each accomplished the feat in a 9-1 season-opening victory over Lehigh. Fitting enough, Iqbal recorded her hat trick in Penn’s third straight victory over Harvard.
The Quakers took the lead 10 minutes into the game on Iqbal’s first goal, with Harvard (5-2, 1-1 Ivy) equalizing the scoring later in the half on a goal from the Crimson’s leading scorer Marissa Ballezza. The Red and Blue would take a 2-1 lead with just over a minute to go before the half concluded on a rebound that Corcoran put into the back of the net, for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, the Penn offense would take advantage of another corner, with Iqbal scoring her second goal, shooting past the right side of the goalkeeper.
Not even a minute later, the senior would score her third goal of the game in déjà vu fashion, this time past the left side to put the Quakers ahead by three.
Penn led the Crimson in shots, 12-10, and penalty corners, 10-6, taking advantage of the offensive opportunities.
Senior goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels made five saves in the game, pushing her season total to 32 in seven contests played.
After three games in seven days, the Quakers will wait a week to play again, traveling to Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 4 to face the Big Green at 12 p.m. in an Ivy League matchup.