Andersen finished the day with five goals (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's water polo team dropped both its games to two ranked opponents on the first day of the Harvard Invite. The Crimson was first edged by No. 20 Michigan, 16-10, before dropping its last game to No. 16 San Diego State, 12-8. Harvard is now 7-5 on the season.
Harvard and Michigan battled back and fourth in the first frame, with the Big Blue holding a one-goal advantage at the end. In the second, Michigan built on its momentum, finding the back of the net four times and limited Harvard to just two scores.
In the third stanza, the Crimson played the Big Blue to an even three goals, while in the final eight minutes, Michigan buried three more goals to secure the win.
Yoshi Andersen and Shayna Price headlined the Crimson offense with three goals apiece, the duo has now notched six hat trick efforts this season. Charlotte Hendrix and Michelle Martinelli each added two scores. Price and Hendrix also dished out three helpers, while defensively Ariel Dukes tallied four steals and six saves.
Harvard came out strong in the second game, outscoring No. 16 San Diego State, 5-3 in the first frame. The Aztecs turned things around to limit Harvard to just three goals across the next three stanzas, while outscoring the Crimson.
Harvard returns to action Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. to take on Marist before honoring the two graduating seniors at the final game of the weekend against Santa Clara at 3:30 p.m.
Harvard 10, Michigan 16
A. Dukes, 4
A. Dukes, 6
Harvard 8, San Diego State 12