CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Iris Williamson willed No. 10 Penn to its 10th win of the season, scoring a career high six goals as the Quakers knocked off Harvard, 8-6, to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play.
Williamson scored four goals in the second half – including three in row at the beginning of the second half which turned a 3-2 Penn lead into a 6-2 advantage.
Williamson’s six goals are the second time this season a Quakers has netted a half-dozen goals in a game, the first coming when Tory Bensen went for six in the season opener at Delaware back in February.
The work Williamson did on the offensive end paired with Lucy Ferguson’s effort in goal to push the Quakers to 4-0 inside the Ancient Eight. Ferguson finished with eight saves, including five in the second half as she kept the Crimson at bay. Her biggest sequences were a man-down save in the middle of Williamson’s three-goal run in the second half and then two successive stops right after Penn had taken a 7-2 lead. Her second stop was a beauty, denying Harvard’s leading scorer, Marisa Romeo, while on her stomach.
Penn’s defense was up to its old tricks in the first half, holding the Crimson to just one goal. Lucy Ferguson made three saves in the first half, including two in a row late in the period.
The Quakers made Ferguson’s work in the first half stand up thanks to a pair of goals from Iris Williamson sandwiched around a Tory Bensen strike.
Williamson struck first 7:43 into the game on a free position attempt. Just over six minutes later, Bensen burst to goal from the top of the fan and gave Penn a 2-0 lead.
Harvard answered with an Audrey Todd goal with 11:54 left in the first half, but the Quakers capped the low-scoring first half with Williamson’s second of the day just 13 seconds before the close of the first period.
Penn returns to Franklin Field for a three-game homestand to close the 2015 regular season. Up next for the Quakers is No. 14 Princeton on April 15 at 7 p.m. Both Penn and Princeton enter the game with matching 4-0 Ivy League records and sole possession of first place in the Ivy League is at stake.