Women's Lacrosse Drops 9-5 Decision to No. 16/9 Penn in Ivy League Tournament Semifinal

Baskind registered two second-half goals as the Crimson came up short at No. 16/9 Penn, 9-5 (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Friday night as No. 16/9 Penn took a 9-5 decision over the Crimson in the 2012 Ivy League Tournament Semifinal.

Penn (9-6, 6-1 Ivy League) took control of the game early, scoring three unanswered goals in the first 4:55 seconds with Courtney Tomchik finding the back of the net twice. Jess Halpern put Harvard (9-7, 5-2 Ivy League) on the board with 15:53 remaining in the frame after five shot attempts failed to hit the mark, but it was the only score the Crimson would get before the break. The Quakers added three more goals before time expired, taking a 6-1 lead into the half.

Despite the discrepancy on the score board, Harvard held a 10-7 advantage in shots but Penn goalie Emily Leitner came away with three saves to help preserve the lead.

The Quakers were first to score again in the second half before back-to-back goals by Melanie Baskind made it a 7-3 game with 15:49 to play. Baskind's first tally came shortly after a Kelly Weis save, while her second came after three other Crimson sent shots wide of the goal. Penn responded with a score from Erin Brennan to move the score to 8-3, but Harvard was not done and pulled to within three, 8-5, with 4:01 remaining on the clock. Chelsey Newman was first to score with 8:57 to go, and Kyleigh Keating scored the second after Ellen Gleason picked up a ground ball off a Penn miscue.

Harvard was unable to continue its moment down the stretch, however, as the Quakers tacked on an insurance goal for the 9-5 margin.

Baskind led Harvard on both ends of the field, finishing the night with two goals, three ground balls, one draw control and two caused turnovers. Halpern, Keating and Newman each found the back of the net once, as the Crimson owned a 27-16 advantage in shots.

Harvard was a perfect 12-of-12 on clear attempts and forced 10 Penn turnover while committing only seven itself. The teams were even in draw controls at 8-8. Danielle Tetreault came up with one ground ball, three draw controls and two caused turnovers as Weis made four saves in goal.

Tomchik and Meredith Cain scored three goals apiece to pace the Quaker attack with Maddie Poplawski adding two. Leitner made 10 saves en route to the victory and picked up five ground balls.

Game Notes: Harvard falls to 9-7 overall but is gauranteed to finish above .500 for a third straight year … Harvard has held 12 of its 16 opponents to under 10 goals, with five scoring five or fewer … All seven of Harvard's losses have come against top-20 opponents … Melanie Baskind has scored at least one goal in each of Harvard's last 11 games.