Miles, Brandt Lead #23 WLAX after Harvard, 16-13, for 2-0 Ivy League Start

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03/22/2023 | 5:00 p.m.


March 22 (Wednesday) / 5:00 p.m.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The No. 23 University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team posted a 10-1 second-half streak on Saturday, moving past Harvard in an Ivy League clash at Cambridge, 16-13.

The Quakers go 4-2 overall and remain atop the league standings with a perfect 2-0 total, while the Crimsons go 2-5, 0-2 in Ivy League play.

Quaker Notemeal
*Senior Niki Miles led the offense with six points on four goals and two assists for six points. She took nine shots for the game, seven on target.

*Sophomore Anna Brandt matched her career high in goals, finding the back of the net five times in the game.

*There were 11 Quakers who scored in the game, including the first goal of the season for Julia Chai.

* Junior Katelyn Cumiskey had three points on two goals and an assist, while Erika Chung, Kennon Moon and Maria Themelis had two more points each.

* Junior Sophie Davis led the Quakers backline, causing a record two turnovers to go with three balls on the ground tied. Izzy Rohr and Aly Feeley also had three ground balls.

*In the draw, Penn had a dominating performance, 24-9. Moon had a game-high eight, while Brandt and Cumiskey each had five and Natasha Gorriaran added three.

*The Quakers nearly had a perfect clean sheet, going 19-21.

* Back in the net, senior Kelly Van Hoesen made a six-save outing in 60 minutes of work.

How did it happen
The Quakers took a 2-0 lead in the game, while keeping the Crimsons scoreless for the first eight minutes. Anna Brandt began her scoring spree for the day with the opening goal, catching a good flat from rookie Patricia Columbia-Walsh just 39 seconds from the start of the game.

1Q 14:21 | #23 Penn 1, Harvard 0

It took just 39 seconds after the first draw, and Anna Brandt scores the No. 1 goal on a pass from Patricia Columbia-Walsh! #FightOnPenn

— Penn Women’s Lax (@PennWomensLax) March 18, 2023

Moon followed several minutes later, but Harvard responded with two straight games to tie the game again at 5:23. The Quakers have yet to give up the lead with Brandt adding his second on a pass from Cumiskey to take a 3-2 lead in the next quarter. However, much of the following streak was a tight turn for the Crimson, scoring three in a row at 3:05 to take a two-goal lead.

With two minutes left in the half, Paige Lipman joined Chung to close the gap to one. Then, on a superb defensive save to a clear Crimson in the dying seconds, Feeley quickly brought the ball back in transition where Themelis fired the pass and fired an eight-yard shot with five seconds left to level the game, 5- 5, at the break.

2Q:05 | #23 Penn 5, Harvard 5

Just before halftime! Big turnover, fast transition from Feeley and superb finish from Themelis! #FightOnPenn

— Penn Women’s Lax (@PennWomensLax) March 18, 2023

On the restart, Cumiskey scored his first goal of the game to retake the lead from Penn, but Harvard responded with three straight goals to take its biggest lead of the game, 8-6.

The Quakers used that stretch to fuel their fire, as Miles ripped the rest of the game which started at 8:08 of the third. Her first goal and point of the game sparked a 10-1 scoring frenzy for the Quakers where she assisted in six of the finishes. She scored four times and added two assists, as Penn opened the game 10:07 from fourth, 16-9. Brandt also scored three times in the streak, while Cumiskey, Themelis and Chai scored the final three in the run.

3Q:05 | #23 Penn 12, Harvard 9

NIKI MILES! She gets her FOURTH goal of the quarter! #FightOnPenn

— Penn Women’s Lax (@PennWomensLax) March 18, 2023

In the final 10 minutes, the Crimsons held the Quakers scoreless and found the back of the net four more times to close in on three, but Penn pushed too far for any kind of comeback.

The Quakers return home for the first time since the home opener on Feb. 18 for a pair of non-conference games next week. They will host No. 11 Maryland on Wednesday night (5 p.m.) and Georgetown on Sunday (1 p.m.) for their annual OneLove game. Both games will take place at Franklin Field.



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