NEW HAVEN, CONN. -It was a match for the ages in the 2016 Howe Cup Final between the University of Pennsylvania women's squash team and Harvard. In the end, the Crimson took home the hardware with a 5-4 win in dramatic fashion.
Penn held a 3-1 lead early and held a 4-3 lead in the third shift, but could not find the illusive fifth point to win the title.
In the first shift, the Quakers received a spark from Grace van Arkel who fell behind 2-0, but climbed back to win the match, 3-2. van Arkel seemed to get stronger as the match wore on, winning the final three games 11-8, 11-6, and 11-4.
Yan Xin Tan made it 2-1 Quakers when she completed the final win of her Quaker career, her 52nd. Tan needed all five games to secure her point, but did so with an 11-6 clincher.
Giving Penn a commanding 3-1 lead was Michelle Wong in the second shift. Wong used four games to deliver for the Quakers. She won her first two before closing it out in the fourth.
After Harvard tied the match at three, Marie Stephan picked up her 14th win of the season, completing her second consecutive undefeated campaign to push the Crimson to the brink. Stephan lost her first individual game of the year in the first contest, but completed the season 48-1 overall.
The Crimson would take the final two matches of the day and walk away from New Haven with their second straight Howe Cup and their fourth in five years.
Penn finishes second in the CSA for the first time since 2010 with a 14-2 record. Both losses came to Harvard, who spent all of 2015-16 in the top spot.