Elise Molnar had a hat trick for the Crimson Tuesday (Justine Agaloos).
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Harvard women's water polo team hung with No. 19 Pacific for a half, but the Tigers pulled away in the third quarter to top the Crimson, 17-9, Tuesday afternoon at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
Harvard trailed by just four at the break before allowing the Tigers to go on a 5-0 run during the third period to fall to 13-6 on the year.
Elise Molnar paced the Crimson offense with three goals, while Yoshi Andersen had a single tally and handed out four assists. Aisha Price, Charlotte Hendrix, Jelena Cyr, Victoria Frager and Shayna Price all had single markers to cap the scoring.
The Tigers netted the first three goals of the game to take an early lead before Cyr got the Crimson on the board with 3:22 remaining in the first. Pacific pushed its advantage to three again before Andersen cut it back to two with just 31 seconds remaining in the period. The Tigers responded with a tally 15 seconds later to take a 5-2 advantage after one.
The Crimson drew within two again to start the second, as Molnar struck for the first time at the 5:55 mark. The squads traded the next four goals with Frager and Hendrix accounting for the Crimson's two goals to keep the game within two; however, Pacific netted the final two goals of the first half to take a four-goal lead into the break.
The momentum carried into the third for the Tigers, as they scored all five goals in the period to put the game out of reach.
In the fourth, Harvard tried to mount a comeback, outscoring the Tigers, 4-3, but the deficit proved to be too much.
The Crimson returns to action Thursday against San Jose State at 7 p.m. to start the back half of its California trip.
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