After losing its last three games to a trio of Top 10 teams, the Harvard women's lacrosse team was hurting and in desperate need of a win yesterday at Penn.
Downing the Quakers, 11-9, was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Sophomore attacker Lizzy Frisbie led the Crimson charge with a hat trick, and junior attacker Lauren Corkery knotted two in the winning effort.
Harvard (4-3, 2-1 Ivy) pounded the Quaker (5-3, 1-3 Ivy) net early, scoring five straight goals to end the first half and take a 5-1 lead into halftime.
The Harvard run didn't stop there, however, as the Crimson scored three to open the second half and cap an impressive eight-goal scoring run to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Outmatched and outgunned, however, the Quakers would not relent.
With an outstanding individual effort, Penn sophomore Traci Marabella pocketed the natural hat trick to put the Quakers back in the game and cut the Harvard lead to 8-4.
Not to be outdone, the Crimson responded with three goals of its own to re-establish a comfortable seven-goal lead at 11-4.