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No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Opens 2017 Campaign at Bruno Classic

No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Opens 2017 Campaign at Bruno Classic

Senior Michelle Martinelli is one of two captains for Harvard this season (Gil Talbot).

Tournament Info
Date
Venue

Bruno Classic hosted by Brown
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 3-5
Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics

Matchup
Date/Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

 No. 18 Harvard vs. No. 21 Wagner
Feb. 4, 2017 / 11 a.m.
Coleman Aquatics Center
Series tied, 8-8
W, 7-6 (Feb. 13, 2016)
W1

Matchup
Date/Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

            No. 18 Harvard vs. Iona
Feb. 4, 2017 / 3 p.m.
                   Coleman Aquatics Center
Harvard leads, 15-4
W, 15-4 (Jan. 30, 2016)
W2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team opens its 2017 schedule at the Bruno Classic on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Crimson squares off with No. 21 Wagner at 11:30 a.m. and Iona at 3 p.m. 

A Year Ago
Harvard enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in program history, finishing the year at 24-10. The Crimson checked in at No. 13 in the CWPA rankings from March 23 – April 6, marking its highest ranking ever, while also recording back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Crimson notched nine wins against top-25 teams last season. 

Championship Aspirations
The Crimson hopes to reach new heights for the 2017 season. Harvard has finished sixth at the CWPA Championships for two consecutive seasons, falling last year to No. 20 Bucknell, 11-7, in the fifth-place game at Blodgett Pool.

Follow the Leader
Seniors Michelle Martinelli and Zoe Osborne will serve as captains for the Crimson this season.

High Expectations
Junior Cleo Harrington and sophomore Kristen Hong showed their potential a year ago. Harrington was named to the 2016 Division I ACWC All-America Honorable Mention team as she broke the program single-season saves record with 308 stops to go along with 25 assists and 18 steals. She posted 15 double-digit save performances and was selected to the CWPA Division I/II all-conference and all-tournament first teams.

Hong registered 80 goals in her freshman campaign, matching the single-season Harvard record. Hong tallied 21 mutli-goal efforts and collected a team-high 45 steals, while ranking third in assists with 35. The Orinda, Califronia native set the record for CWPA Division I/II Rookie of the Week honors with five last season.

Home Cookin'
The Crimson finished 8-3 at Blodgett Pool a year ago. The Crimson is scheduled to host five games this season, including the Harvard Invitational from March 3-5.

Class of 2020
Five freshmen join the Crimson roster this season as the Class of 2020. Angie Varona, Mathilde Ribordy, Julie Harrison, Lana Gorlinski and Sofia Carrera-Justiz look to bolster a Harvard roster that features nine other players, including five upperclassmen.

Scouting No. 21 Wagner
Wagner enters the matchup with Harvard ranked No. 21 in the nation. The Seahawks are off to an 0-3 start after finishing 29-10 a year ago. Wagner fell to UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona last weekend. Junior Kimberly Watson totaled 42 goals and 38 assists for the Seahawks in 2016.

Scouting Iona
Iona opens its 2017 season at the Bruno Classic after going 13-15 last year. The Gaels finished 8-4 in MAAC action, and a perfect 2-0 at home. Iona is led by junior Hannah Schultz, who was named to the All-MAAC first team after scoring a team-high 81 goals. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS