Women's Lacrosse Drops Ivy Opener to No. 4 Penn, 16-6

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Penn, 16-6 Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen led the Crimson with three goals and an assist.

The Quakers (4-1, 1-0 Ivy) turned a 7-3 halftime lead into a 16-6 victory behind four goals from Erin Brennan. VanderMeulen scored the first goal of the game, but the Quakers answered with five straight scores. The Crimson closed the gap at 5-3, before Penn scored six more to take an 11-3 advantage.

VanderMeulen won a team-high five draw controls, while sophomore Tyler Petropulos scooped up three ground balls and caused three turnovers to lead Harvard.

Katherine Martino made two saves in 38:58 in the net, while sophomore Kerry Clark saw her first action of the season stopping two shots in 21 minutes of play.

Harvard plays its first game at home March 17 against local rival and nationally ranked Boston University. First draw is slated for 4 p.m.