No. 10 Penn Tops No. 12 Harvard to Earn Ivy League Title

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Zack Losco scored three more goals and earned the Ivy League Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award as third-seeded Penn defeated top-seeded Harvard, 7-5, at Harvard Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Quakers (11-3) earn the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard (10-6) will wait for a possible at-large slot when selections are announced Sunday night.

It is the fourth time in five years of tournament play that the top-seed in the tournament has not won the championship and earned the automatic bid.

The Quakers will make their 12th appearance all-time, last qualifying in 2011. Penn hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game, however, since 1988 when they advanced to the national semifinals.

After falling behind 4-0, Penn held Harvard scoreless for nearly 45 minutes. Losco, who had five goals and an assist to rally Penn to victory over Cornell on Friday night in the semifinals, scored a pair of man-up goals to get the Quakers back to even before halftime.

Penn netminder Brian Feeney recorded eight of his 12 saves in the second and third quarters to keep Harvard scoreless.

Harvard jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. Daniel Eipp opened the scoring 3:07 into the contest with an unassisted tally. Then Carl Zimmerman, Peter Schwartz and Devin Dwyer each scored in a span of three minutes to give Harvard a four-goal advantage.

But then the Crimson went cold. Harvard didn't score for the remainder of the half and the Quakers chipped away at the lead. Kevin Brown scored 12 seconds after Dwyer's tally to get Penn on the scoreboard.

Losco scored a pair of man-up goals and Drew Belinsky scored unassisted and the teams were back to even.

Harvard's drought lasted through the third quarter and became contagious. Penn began a drought as well that lasted into the early fourth quarter. Nick Doktor scored 1:12 into the fourth to give the Quakers their first lead of the day.

Reid Tudor scored just his second goal of the season, making a long run from the defensive end to score with 12:13 left in regulation and give the Quakers a two-goal lead.

As Harvard's drought continued, Losco scored his third of the day with 5:43 left off of a feed from Doktor and Penn had a 7-4 advantage.

Harvard finally snapped the scoreless string at 44 minutes, 58 seconds when Will Walker scored with 4:41 to play. Walker hit the post three minutes later, but that is as close as the Crimson got the rest of the way.

Along with Harvard, Cornell (11-4) will also be watching to see its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night. The Ivy League has received multiple NCAA bids each of the last five years and in 10 of 12.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The No. 12 Harvard lacrosse team opened the game on a 4-0 run before being quieted by No. 10 Penn as the Quakers came from behind for a 7-5 victory to win the 2014 Ivy League Tournament Sunday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Penn secured the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with the win, while Harvard will now have to wait to learn its tournament fate when the brackets are revealed at 9:00 p.m. this evening during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU. Should the Crimson earn an at-large bid it would mark the sixth time in program history that the team will have grabbed a spot in the tournament, and the first since 2006.

The Quakers held Harvard scoreless for 44:58 as it scored seven straight goals to open a 7-4 lead with just 5:43 to play. Will Walker ended the drought with an unassisted goal with 4:41 remaining, and just missed on an opportunity to make it a one-goal game with 1:07 to play as his shot hit the post. Penn goalkeeper Brian Feeney came up with a save on a Devin Dwyer attempt with 0:37 on the clock, and the Quaker defense ran out the clock to secure the win.

2014-05-04



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