Women's Water Polo Falls to No. 7 Princeton, 11-9, on ESPNU
Andersen is tied for the team-lead with 26 goals (Photo Courtsey: Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's water polo team narrowly fell to No. 7 Princeton, 11-9, on ESPNU at DeNunzio Pool on Sunday. Harvard falls to 7-3 while Princeton remains undefeated with an 11-0 mark.
Shayna Price opened up the scoring just 58 seconds into the first eight minutes before Princeton's Jessie Holechek found the back of the net on a power play less than a minute later. The Crimson and Tigers continued to trade goals throughout the first frame, but at the end Harvard held a 5-4 advantage.
The second stanza was slow to get started as two-and-a-half minutes passed before Price scored the first goal to give the Crimson a two-goal advantage.
Princeton responded immediately as Diana Murphy registered two goals just 41 seconds apart to knot the score at six before Ashley Hatcher scored the go ahead goal. Andersen broke up Princeton's momentum as she slipped one past Ashleigh Johnson with 3:47 remaining. Princeton took an 8-7 lead after Holechek put one away for the Tigers to the end the half.
In the third quarter, Princeton outscored Harvard 2-1. Andersen tallied the lone goal for the Crimson as Harvard trailed, 10-8.
Harvard looked like it might start a fourth-quarter rally when Price recorded a score with 4:16 remaining in the game to bring the Crimson within one, but it was short lived as Princeton's Katie Rigler score a power play to secure the win.
Price and Andersen led Harvard's offense as both tallied three goals apiece, while Victoria Frager handed out two helpers. Defensively, Hendrix and Price each had three thefts, and Ariel Dukes made six saves.
The Crimson will return to action this weekend as the squad hosts the Harvard Invite at Blodgett Pool March 8-9.
Harvard 9, Princeton 11
A. Dukes, 6