Martinelli finished the day with two goals and a theft (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Harvard women's water polo falls in two Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division games.In the first game, Harvard dropped a hard fought, 7-6, decision to Bucknell, before falling to No. 9 Princeton, 8-4 in the final game.
The Crimson is now 1-2 in conference play.
Bucknell opened the scoring 2:15 in the frame, before Kalina Grabb netted her first of the day 13 seconds later to knot the score. The Bison responded with two consecutive goals, but Michelle Martinelli closed the gap as she registered a goal with six seconds to go.
The second frame was a defensive stalemate as Harvard and Bucknell were scoreless. Harvard came out on fire in the second half, outscoring Bucknell, 4-1.
Melissa Balding netted her first goal of the day to knot the score at three, while Yoshi Andersen found the back of the net midway through the half to give Harvard its first lead of the day. Balding and Alexis Del Toro tacked onto the Crimson's lead as Harvard owned a two-goal advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
Bucknell rallied in the fourth quarter to score three goals, while limiting Harvard offensively to give the Bison the win.
Balding paced the offense with two goals, while Del Toro, Andersen Martinelli and Grabb each had one. Dukes made one stop in net for the Crimson.
In the second game, Harvard opened the first frame tied 2-2 with No. 9 Princeton before the Tigers buried two goals to take a 4-2 lead heading into intermission.
Once again, Harvard came out fast in the second half, to even the score at four before Princeton tacked on two more goals. In the fourth stanza, Princeton netted two goals while keeping Harvard off the board.
Victoria Frager, Andersen, Del Toro and Martinelli found the back of the net for Harvard, while Dukes chipped in three steals and seven saves.
Harvard returns to action Sunday, April 6 against Mercyhurst, in it's regular season finale. The game is slated for 10 a.m.
Harvard 6, Bucknell 7
Del Toro, 2
Del Toro, 3
A. Dukes, 1
Harvard 4, Princeton 8
Del Toro, 2
A. Dukes, 3
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