It took two overtimes to determine the result, but Harvard (9-7, 4-2 Ivy) could not stop the trend of history as it fell to the Quakers (13-3, 6-1) 6-5, in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday night. The defeat marked the second time this season that Penn has topped the Crimson by one point.
The Crimson (9-6, 4-3 Ivy) topped perennial rival Yale (5-10, 2-5) with an ease that belied the gravity of the situation, brushing aside the Bulldogs, 13-4, on Saturday in New Haven, Conn. The victory saw Harvard finish fourth in the conference standings to make it to the Ancient Eight tournament for the third season in a row and the fifth time in six years.
Senior midfielder Alexis Nicolia scored two goals and recorded one assist in the first half of a 12-5 win over UMass Lowell. While the Crimson held a 10-0 lead after the first 30 minues, the River Hawks opened the second period with a 5-0 run to inject new energy into the match and press Harvard.
Facing off against non-conference rival UMass Lowell, the Crimson rode a 10-goal first half to a 12–5 victory, picking up some much-needed momentum along the way.
Harvard outshot BC, 19-9, in the second half, but it was not nearly enough to overcome a 10-3 halftime deficit on Wednesday.
Co-captain Audrey Todd, shown here in a home contest against Princeton, is a key member of a Harvard attack that came within a goal of beating No. 15/17 Penn. However, as the Crimson heads into a slew of matchups with top teams, it will largely rely on its 17th ranked defense to pull the upset.
In the thick of an eight-day span in which it plays three ranked opponents, the Crimson hosts No. 14/16 Boston College this Wednesday night.
The Crimson trailed for nearly three-quarters of the contest and could not overcome the deficit, falling, 8-7, to the Quakers in Philadelphia this Saturday.
Strong defensive play by the Crimson proved to be the difference as the team walked away with an 8-2 win over Brown. With the victory, Harvard claimed sole possession of third place in the conference and maintained pressure on Ivy League rivals Cornell and Princeton.
While softball's Taylor Cabe claimed this week's Athlete of the Week honor, she wasn't the only Crimson athlete to record strong performances this week. Sophomores Datlon Youngblood, of women's rugby, and Julia Glynn, of women's lacrosse, are this week's Athlete of the Week runners up.