Freshman Jamie Williams led Harvard in scoring Tuesday at San Jose State (Harvard Athletic Communications).
SAN JOSE, Calif. – With head coach Ted Minnis making his homecoming at his alma mater Tuesday, the Harvard women's water polo team gave No. 9 San Jose State all it could until the very end.
Harvard (10-7, 1-0 CWPA) trailed by one goal, 4-3, heading into the final quarter, but unfortunately for Minnis and the Crimson, the Spartans closed out an 8-5 win with four goals in the fourth period to extend their winning streak to eight games. San Jose State scored five of its eight goals in the second half. Adriana Vogt scored two of her three goals in the fourth quarter.
"I was very proud of the way we played," Minnis said. "(We) did a very good job of controlling the tempo of the game and keeping possessions."
Freshman Jamie Williams scored two goals for Harvard, while teammates Lizzie Abbott, Aisha Price and Monica Zdrojewski all had one each. The Crimson trailed by one after the first frame, then matched the Spartans goal for goal through the third stanza with one tally in each period. The three-goal setback is Harvard's second loss by three goals or less on its California trip.
The Crimson will rest on St. Patrick's Day Thursday, then face its final two opponents in California Friday and Saturday with games at Cal State East Bay and California, respectively.
No. 9 San Jose State 8, Harvard 5