Kaitlyn Boudah scored her first goal of the season at Penn Saturday (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team scored three times in its second Ivy League contest of 2012, but fell at Penn, 4-3. The three scores equaled the Crimson's offensive total from the previous five games.
Harvard (1-5, 0-2 Ivy League) controlled possession for much of the first 10 minutes of the first half before getting on the board. Sydney Jenkins took the ball inside the circle, beat a Penn (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League) defender and found Emma Keller in the middle. Keller controlled the ball and fired past Carly Sokach into the left side of the cage.
The Crimson's lead was erased eight minutes later, when Penn snuck a shot past goalie Jenn Hatfield. In the two minutes leading up to the goal, Hatfield made three saves on a strong Penn push, but the Quaker's Elizabeth Hitti attempt found the back of the cage in the 19th minute.
Harvard regained momentum minutes later off of a penalty corner. Noel Painter inserted the ball to Caitlin Rea, who directed the ball to the middle towards the goal. Kaitlyn Boudah then deflected the ball on target into the top of the goal to give Harvard a 2-1 lead.
Harvard's lead was once again short lived as Penn scored just two minutes later. Sunny Stirewalt knotted the score for the Quakers with a goal following a penalty corner.
Although Harvard outshot Penn, 6-5, in the first half, the Quakers entered the break with a 3-2 lead. Penn scored its third goal with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Sarah Hasson slipped the ball into the near post on a reverse shot.
After halftime, Penn added to its lead with a deflection goal in the 43rd minute. Hasson tallied her second score for the Quakers as they took a two-goal advantage.
With 12:15 left on the clock, Harvard had an opportunity to get within one when the Crimson acquired a penalty storke. Kim Goh took the stroke and fired to the right edge of the goal, but Sokach made a diving stop to deny Goh. The diving stop proved to be a game-saving play as the Crimson scored its third goal on its next possession. Noel Painter controlled a breakaway and had a one-on-one chance against Sokach. The Penn goalie charged and Painter flipped the ball over the top and into the cage as Sokach dove low.
The Painter score would be the last of the day. Harvard outshot Penn, 12-7, and Hatfield ended with three saves.
The Crimson hosts Bryant Monday at 6 p.m. in its next contest.