Hatfield posted 10 saves in the defeat (photo courtesy Tim Hart)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team dropped its first Ivy League game of the season as it fell to Penn, 1-0, Saturday at Jordan Field.
In an evenly matched first half, Penn narrowly outshot Harvard, 10-8, while both teams had three penalty corners.
Harvard tested Carly Sokach two minutes into the game when the Crimson was awarded the first penalty corner of the day. Sarah Finnemore sent the ball to Marissa Balleza at the top of the circle. Balleza fired a shot right at Sokach, but the netminder turned it away to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard.
Harvard fell behind, 1-0, when Jasmine Cole's shot off a penalty corner bounced off the crossbar to the stick of teammate Elizabeth Hitti. Hitti found the back of the net to put the Quakers on the scoreboard eight minutes before intermission.
In the second half, Harvard took nine shots and gained two corners, while slowing the Quaker's offense to six shots in the stanza.
The Crimson looked like it had potential to even the score with just under three minutes remaining in the game when Finnemore laid a ball off to Noel Painter in the circle. Painter ripped a shot, but Sokach turned the ball away to lock up the win.
Jenn Hatfield led the Harvard defense with 10 saves.
The Crimson will travel to Durham, N.H., Sunday for a non-conference battle against the Wildcats of New Hampshire.