Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz has amassed nine goals and seven assists in five career games for Harvard. (Paul Rutherford).
No. 19 Harvard vs. No. 10 Princeton
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 19 Harvard women's water polo team heads south for a non-league matchup with No. 10 Princeton Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. The contest between the Crimson and Tigers will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Last Time Out
The No. 21 Harvard women's water polo team (4-1) finished 3-0 at the Bison Invite Feb. 11-12, taking down No. 19 Wagner, George Washington and Gannon. Harvard gained momentum throughout the weekend, finishing play on Sunday with a 17-2 victory over the Golden Knights for its fourth-straight win.
Harvard rolled to a double-digit victory over Gannon using its stellar defense to control the tempo. The Crimson allowed just two goals, the lowest total since giving up just one goal to Notre Dame (Ohio) in a 15-1 win on April 11, 2015. Harvard has now played four consecutive games in which it has limited opponents to six goals or less.
Scoring in Bunches
The Crimson attack has shown the ability to score in bunches, already totaling at least nine goals in two different quarters this season. Harvard rattled off 10 goals in the second quarter of a 13-6 win against Iona on Feb. 4, along with a nine-goal outburst in the second frame against Gannon.
After opening the season with a loss to then-No. 19 Wagner, Harvard has won four consecutive games, including a 5-4 decision over the Seahawks to even the season-series at 1-1.
Sophomore Kristen Hong and freshmen Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy have scored in all five games for the Crimson this season. Hong leads Harvard with 11 goals, including a trio in the second quarter scoring spree against Gannon, while Carrera-Justiz has posted nine goals and Ribordy has seven. Junior Sami Strutner has helped facilitate to the Crimson scorers, as she has tallied an assist in every game so far this season.
A large part of Harvard's success on the defensive end has been due to its solid play in net from junior Cleo Harrington and sophomore Sam Acker. Harrington has totaled 31 saves, including a 15-save outing in a win over then-No. 19 Wagner, and Acker has notched 24 saves to go along with a team-leading nine assists
Scouting No. 10 Princeton
Princeton is off to a 6-0 start this season, winning three games at both the Bruno Classic and Bison Invite. The Tigers have four different players with double-digit goal totals, led by junior Chelsea Johnson with 15.
The Crimson will return to action on Friday, March 3 at Blodgett Pool when it hosts the Tigers for a CWPA contest at 7:45 p.m.