PHILADELPHIA - The No. 14 Penn men’s lacrosse team used a similar format in its most recent wins, jumping out to an early lead and then holding its opponent at bay.
On Saturday at Franklin Field, Harvard turned the tables on the Quakers, outscoring them 4-1 in the second period to break a 3-3 tie. The Crimson never looked back from that, gaining a 13-8 victory.
The loss ended Penn’s best unbeaten start since 1977, as the Quakers fell to 6-1 (1-1 Ivy League). Harvard improved to 3-2 (1-0 Ivy).
Harvard played catchup on a pair of occasions in the first quarter, after Penn took a 1-0 lead thanks to Craig Andrzejewski and then 3-1. The Crimson came back on goals from Zach Widbin and Max Motschwiller, before Alan Eberstein scored with 7:17 left in the second to give Penn a 4-3 lead.
Penn would not score for 24 minutes, while Harvard went on a six-goal run to take control.
Sean Kane tied things up off a feed from Steve Cohen, and then Greg Cohen hit an individual effort across the crease to give Harvard a 5-4 lead. Kane and Carle Stenmark then scored in the final two minutes of the first half to give the Crimson a 7-4 lead at the break. Harvard scored the only goal of the third quarter, thanks to Tom Boylan, and then Widbin pushed the Crimson’s lead to 9-4 with a goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The Penn offense finally got into gear, as David Cornbrooks scored with 13:04 to play; however, Evan Calvert quickly matched it for Harvard. A Drew Collins goal was also matched by the Crimson, and then Kane scored again to push Harvard’s lead to 12-6. Penn’s last gasp came when Cornbrooks and James Riordan score two minutes apart, making the score 12-8 with five minutes to play, but Harvard was able to eat up the clock and sealed the deal when Calvert scored with 41 seconds left.
Harvard outshot Penn, 42-37, and was especially effective on the faceoff, winning 16 of 24. Gregory Klossner came up with 13 saves for Penn, while Evan O’Donnell (4 saves) and Joe Pike (5) split time in the Crimson goal.
Penn now has a week off before squaring off with the Ivy League’s only remaining undefeated team, No. 3 Cornell. The Quakers and the Big Red will face off next Saturday at noon right here on Franklin Field.