Quins unable to Topple PAC

Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Harlequins took on the Potomac Athletic Club at Founders Field Saturday.  With a good home crowd and moments of sunshine and blue skies, the Harlequins battled for 80 minutes while the visiting team from Washington, DC held on to their tenuous 3 point lead for the win.


Potomac, coming off four straight decisive victories and averaging over 30 points more than their opponents so far this season, took the field with confidence Saturday afternoon.  The first half presented plenty of opportunities for the visitors, playing predominantly in the Harlequins end.   Two missed penalty attempts, as well as countless denied attacks at the line left both teams scoreless twenty minutes into the game.

With thirteen minutes left in the half, the referee awarded a penalty to PAC right in front of the posts, which translated into the first and only points during the game.

The fifty minute balance of the game showed the Harlequins as the aggressors, with PAC stepping up to keep the Harlequins off the scoreboard.  The second half was a defensive battle,  punctuated by the referee’s whistle indicating a total of 32 penalties.  The Harlequins battled down to the try-line on five separate occasions, only to be turned back.  Three attempts to tie the game with penalty kicks all sailed wide, and a last minute surge by the Quins was unable to garner any points.

Potomac goes forward tied only with Norfolk for first place, while The Harlequins drop to Second having lost two games by a total of four points.

The Harlequins will take on Baltimore-Chesapeake at 1pm to finish their home season this Saturday, October 29th at Founders Field. Baltimore, 2-2, is coming off a 55-15 loss to Norfolk this weekend.