Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Drops Double-OT Thriller to No. 15 Penn, 10-9

Chelsey Newman forced overtime with a goal in the final moments (Greg Carroccio).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Chelsey Newman scored a goal with just 3.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Crimson fell in the extra session by a score of 10-9 to No. 15 Penn in the Ivy League semifinal round, hosted by Princeton at Sherrerd Field.

Harvard (9-7) took a 9-8 lead in the first overtime when Kyleigh Keating found the back of the net, but the Quakers tied it with 1:22 to play in the first extra session. The Quakers (11-4) then won on a sudden-victory tally by Tory Bensen at 2:05 of the second overtime.

Audrey Todd recorded a hat trick and won five draw controls for Harvard, while Marisa Romeo scored two and added three assists for five points. In net, Kelly Weis finished with five saves for the Crimson, who owned the final count in shots, 26-18, ground balls, 12-10, and draw controls, 12-11.

The Quakers were led offensively by Bensen, who netted four scores. Goalie Lucy Ferguson recorded seven saves. The game was Harvard's first overtime contest of the spring.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Maria Romeo led Harvard in scoring with five points on two goals and three assists.
  • Romeo paces the Crimson with 48 goals and 58 points this spring.
  • Audrey Todd recorded her sixth hat trick of the year.
  • Captains Chelsey Newman and Kyleigh Keating netted the last two goals of the game for Harvard.
  • Todd won five draw controls, while Keating had three.
  • Harvard was 9-of-10 on clear attempts, marking the first time this season the Crimson didn't clear the ball successfully at least 10 times.
  • The Crimson held the advantage in shots, 26-18, and draw controls, 12-11, and ground balls, 12-10.
  • Kelly Weis recorded five saves in net for Harvard.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard falls to 9-7 overall on the year.
  • The Crimson has advanced to the Ivy League tournament in three of the last four years.
  • The Crimson's nine victories (9-7) are the most for the program since finishing 9-7 in 2012.
  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in 14 of the 16 games this year.
  • Romeo's 46 goals this spring ties her for 10th all-time in program history for tallies in a season.
  • Romeo extended her point scoring streak to 16 games.

Game Progression:

  • After Penn scored the game's first two goals, Audrey Todd netted three straight for Harvard, giving the Crimson a 3-2 lead at the 19:06 mark of the firs
  • The Quakers tied the game, 3-3, at 16:55, but the Crimson went back on top, 5-3, with 6:26 remaining in the first.
  • Penn responded with a 4-0 run to open the second by the 17:04 mark, giving the Quakers a 7-5 advantage.
  • The two teams traded the next two goals before the Crimson forced overtime with a 2-0 run to close regulation, tying the game, 8-8.
  • Harvard scored the first goal in the extra session, but the Quakers closed with a 2-0 run to win, 10-9.

Ties: Five
Lead Changes: Five
Largest Leads: Harvard by two – 1st: 6:26, Penn by two (twice) - 1st: 23:02, 2nd: 17:04