Junior Sami Strutner scored and recorded an assist in both games at the Bruno Classic last weekend (Gil Talbot).
|Bison Invite hosted by Bucknell
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 10-12
No. 21 Harvard vs. No. 19 Wagner
|No. 21 Harvard vs. George Washington
Feb. 11, 2017 / 6:45 p.m.
Harvard leads, 25-1
W, 11-6 (Apr. 30, 2016)
|No. 21 Harvard vs. Gannon
Feb. 12, 2017 / 11:45 a.m.
Harvard leads, 2-0
W, 10-5 (March. 13, 2013)
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – The No. 21 Harvard women's water polo team readies for a trio of games at the Bison Invite Feb. 11-12 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The Crimson squares off with No. 19 Wagner at 1:45 p.m. and George Washington at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, before facing Gannon at 11:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
Last Time Out
The No. 21 Harvard women's water polo team split its opening two matches of the 2017 campaign at the Bruno Classic last Saturday. The Crimson fell to No. 21 Wagner, 10-5, in the opener, before taking down Iona, 13-6. Harvard dominated against the Gaels, outscoring their opponent, 10-1, in the second quarter to put the contest away early.
Harvard scored 10 goals by eight different players in the second quarter against Iona. The Crimson outscored the Gaels by nine in the frame, opening up an 11-2 lead heading into the half. Sophomore Kristen Hong recorded a hat trick for Harvard in the quarter, while seniors Eela Nagaraj and Zoe Osborne, junior Sami Strutner and freshmen Lana Gorlinksi, Julie Harriosn, Angie Varona and Mathilde Ribordy all notched a goal as well.
Sophomore Kristen Hong got off to a quick start for the 2017 campaign, scoring four goals over Harvard's opening two games at the Bruno Classic. Hong recorded a hat trick to help guide the Crimson past Iona, 13-6, and added another score against No. 19 Wagner. She led the Crimson with 80 goals a season ago, matching the single-season Harvard scoring record.
Not Wasting Any Time
Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz had a big impact in the first two games of her collegiate career, totaling three goals and five assists as the Crimson split their opening two contests. Carrera-Justiz scored two goals in her first quarter of action, finishing with a pair of goals and assists against No. 21 Wagner. The freshman followed that up with another score and three helpers in a 13-6 win over Iona.
Junior Cleo Harrington and sophomore Sam Acker were solid in net for the Crimson against the Seahawks and Gaels. The two goaltenders saw action in both games, as Harrington totaled 11 saves to go along with a pair of assists and a steal, while Acker collected nine saves and three steals.
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.
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.
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Seniors Michelle Martinelli and Zoe Osborne will serve as captains for the Crimson this season.
Scouting No. 19 Wagner
Wagner enters the matchup with Harvard ranked No. 19 in the nation. The Seahawks are off to a 1-6 start after finishing 29-10 a year ago. Wagner took down the Crimson last weekend, 10-5, in Harvard's season opener. Junior Kimberly Watson led the Seahawks in 2016 with 42 goals and 38 assists.
Scouting George Washington
George Washington opens its 2017 campaign at the Bison Invite. The Colonials finished 8-19 a season ago, including a 0-7 mark in CWPA conference play. Junior Jacqueline Bywater is the leading returner scorer for George Washington after scoring 52 goals in 2016.
Gannon is set to kick off its 2017 season this weekend at the Bison Invite. Gannon is scheduled to play Bucknell, George Washington and Wagner, before squaring off with the Crimson. The Golden Knights recorded a 6-14 mark last year.