PHILADELPHIA--The No. 8 Penn women's lacrosse team started slow in the first half, allowing Harvard to take a lead, but regained control and beat the Crimson 14-10 to remain undefeated in Ivy play.
Though the Crimson (7-4, 1-2 Ivy) were not the first on the board, the team did dictate the game during the first 20 minutes. It was not until Chelsea Kocis scored with 9:37 left in the half, to tie the game at five, that Penn's attack was able to break through. The Quakers (9-1, 4-0 Ivy)closed out the half with four unanswered goals, including an exclamation point from Ali DeLuca with six seconds left before the break. Rachel Manson assisted on the play, giving her four in the first half.
Penn's attack continuted to spread the wealth with seven goal-scorers for the first period's eight goals. In the second Melissa Lehman completed her fifth hat trick of the season. Manson and Ambrozy both tallied their second goals while Courtney Lubbe snagged back-to-back goals within a minute of each other for her first multi-goal game of the season.
The second period started with a change in goal for Harvard when Katherine Martino was swapped for Kathryn Tylander. Sarah Bancroft scored an early goal for the Crimson, but three quick goals later Martino was back in. Unfazed, Lubbe promptly scored on the starter.
Harvard notched another nearing the midway point of the second half. Lehman scored with 9:30 left and Ambrozy with 5:50 to go, but Harvard remained determined. The Crimson tallied three goals in the final three minutes to squeak out a double-digit score.
The Quakers will hit the road for the next two games on the Ivy slate. At Dartmouth April 12, the Red and Blue will face a 5-5 team that just missed Cornell by one-goal earlier this week.