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Women's Lacrosse's Upset of No. 4 Penn Falls Short, 9-8

Micaela Cyr led the Crimson with three goals (photo courtesy of Gil Tablot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Micaela Cyr scored a hat trick for the Harvard women's lacrosse team who fell to No. 4 Penn, 9-8, Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Field. The Crimson's upset bid fell short when the Quakers scored with 17 seconds left to earn the victory.

Cyr scored three goals on four shots, including going 1-for-1 on free position shots. Jess Halpern and Jennifer VanderMeulen scored two goals apiece, while Danielle Tetreault had a goal and an assist. Cyr won three draw controls, while Ellen Gleason caused two turnovers and scooped up two ground balls. Kerry Clark made five stops in the net.

Harvard scored first, putting three straight goals into the net. The Crimson held onto the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game, not allowing Penn into Harvard territory until it the Quakers won their first draw and ran it in for a score. VanderMeulen and Tetreault tallied a goal each to put the Crimson up 5-1. The Crimson held a 6-3 lead at the half.

The two teams traded goals to start the second half. The Quakers then put together four straight tallies to take an 8-7 lead with 2:57 left to play. It was the first time all afternoon the Crimson trailed, and it's didn't for long as Halpern scored a free position goal a minute later to tie the score. Penn won the draw control and held the fall for the final scoring, tallying the game-winner with 17 ticks on the clock.

Harvard held a 13-12 advantage in ground balls and converted on 10-of-11 clears, compared to just 9-of-12 for the Quakers.

The Crimson makes the short trip to Boston College Thursday to face its second straight nationally ranked opponent. Harvard and BC face-off at 3 p.m.