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No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Readies for 10-Game California Road Swing

Hayley Bowe and the Crimson head to California for Spring Break (Gil Talbot).
Hayley Bowe and the Crimson head to California for Spring Break (Gil Talbot).

Tournament
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Aztec Invitational - March 10-11
at No. 21 San Diego State
Sat., March 10 - 12:30 p.m. EST
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L, 5-9 (3/17/17)
Harvard trails, 0-5

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 vs. No. 5 Hawai'i
Sat., March 10 / 4:45 p.m.
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L, 8-13 (2/6/16)
Harvard trails, 0-2

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           vs. No. 19 CS Northridge
Sun., March 11 / 12:15 p.m.
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               W, 15-13 (3/17/16)
Series tied, 1-1

 vs. No. 11 UC San Diego
Sun., March 11 / 5:30 p.m.
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               L, 6-12 (3/4/17)
Harvard trails, 0-4

 at Pomona-Pitzer
Tues., March 13 / 2 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer Stretch Portal
               W, 11-7 (3/19/14)
Harvard trails, 2-6

at No. 7 UC Irvine
Thurs., March 15 / 10 p.m.
L, 8-15 (3/17/12)
Harvard trails, 0-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 LMU Invitational - March 16-17
vs. No. 23 Marist

Fri., March 16 / 1:30 p.m.
W, 10-9 (3/4/17)
Harvard leads, 7-6

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           at No. 12 Loyola Marymount
Fri., March 16 / 5:15 p.m.
W, 7-4 (3/18/16)
Series tied, 1-1

 vs. No. 24 Cal Baptist
Sat., March 17 / 2:45 p.m.
W, 8-4 (2/13/16)
Harvard trails, 2-5

 vs. No. 25 Fresno Pacific
Sat., March 17 / 6:30 p.m.
W, 14-4 (3/14/17)
Harvard leads, 6-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team (7-4) will head out west for its annual trip to California for Spring Break beginning March 10. The Crimson will play 10 games in the Golden State with nine of those teams ranked in the top-25 of the latest Division I poll and the final team ranked as the No. 1 team in the Division III rankings. 

Harvard begins the trip with a quartet of games at the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State March 10-11. The Crimson will play midweek games at Pomona-Pitzer and No. 7 UC Irvine before closing out its road trip with four games at the LMU Invitational March 16-17. 

COMPLETE HARVARD SCHEDULE

Kristen Hong had a hat trick against San Jose State and her second goal against the Spartans checked in as the No. 2 play in this week's Harvard Top 5 Plays.

Scouting No. 20 Harvard
The Crimson moved up one spot in the Division I national poll to No. 20 after going 2-1 as the host of the Harvard Invitational last weekend. Harvard topped then-No. 18 San Jose State (currently No. 21), 7-6, and rolled past Siena, 15-6, but suffered a 10-6 loss to then-No. 15 Wagner. Harvard also posted a 7-3 victory over Toronto in an exhibition.

A trio of Harvard student-athletes have at least 20 goals this season led by junior Kristen Hong's 28. Hong is also tied for the team-lead with five blocks, sharing that number with sophomore Mathilde Ribordy who has 26 scores. Sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz has scored 21 goals and she paces the Crimson with 22 assists and 18 steals. 

Junior Sam Acker and senior Cleo Harrington continue to split time in net with a high-level of success. Acker has 69 saves and has contributed 12 assists, while Harrington has 63 stops and nine steals. 

Scouting No. 21 San Diego State
The Aztecs (5-8) dropped to No 21 in the national poll, despite having the weekend off from competition. In its last game action, SDSU lost games to Hawai'i, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge (CSUN), all teams ranked higher than it in the poll, at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational Feb. 23-25. SDSU will host No. 12 Loyola Marymount Friday before beginning its Aztec Invitational against Harvard at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST Saturday. Freshman Emily Bennett leads the Aztecs with 20 goals and 30 steals. Junior Maura Cantoni has 93 saves and an 8.54 GAA in 10 games.

Scouting No. 5 Hawai'i
Hawai'i (12-2) maintained its No. 5 ranking after defeating No. 7 UC Irvine, 12-6, in its only game last week. The prior week, Hawai'i played to a 3-1 record at the Barbara Kalbus Invite. The Rainbow Wahine downed SDSU, No. 8 Pacific and No. 6 Arizona State, but suffered a one-goal defeat to No. 4 UCLA. Harvard and Hawai'i are set to meet Saturday at 1:45 p.m. PST/4:45 p.m. EST with Hawai'i taking on Sonoma State earlier in the day. Junior Irene Gonzalez is the team-leader with 32 goals, 21 assists and 24 steals. Senior Ymane Hage has started 13 games in goal with 88 saves and a 6.33 GAA.

Scouting No. 19 Cal State Northridge
CSUN improved to 11-9 on the season after going 3-1 at the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan last week. The Matadors fell to host No. 9 Michigan, 17-6, but came back with wins over Azusa Pacific, Iona and Bucknell. Harvard and CSUN will square off at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST Sunday. Senior Katelyn Fairchild is the leading scorer for the Matadors with 29 tallies while classmate Niki Van Vugt has a team-best 102 saves and a GAA of 7.07.

Scouting No. 11 UC San Diego
The Tritons sport a 13-9 overall record and swept all four games in played at the Claremont Convergence last weekend. UC San Diego took down No. 24 Cal Baptist, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Whittier, all by a minimum of six goals. Harvard and UC San Diego will meet in the final game of the Aztec Invitational for both schools at 2:30 p.m. PST/5:30 p.m. EST Sunday. Senior Kayla Fedler enters the weekend with 30 goals, while freshman Taylor Onstott has the points lead with 41 (28g, 13a). Sophomore Reilly Gallagher and freshman Bennett Bugelli have split time in goal with Gallgaher holding a slight 7.23 – 7.54 edge in GAA.

Scouting Pomona-Pitzer
Pomona-Pitzer is the top-ranked team in the latest Division III poll and will host Harvard at Haldeman Pool Tuesday at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST. The Sagehens will have the weekend off before welcoming the Crimson. Pomona-Pitzer won its most recent game March 7, defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wednesday night, 11-5. The senior duo of Morgan McCracken and Joselyn Castro pace the offense with 22 goals apiece.

Scouting No. 7 UC Irvine
UC Irvine hosts Harvard Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. UC Irvine is 4-10 overall this season, but each of its defeats has come against top-10 ranked opponents. On Wednesday evening, UC Irvine fell to No. 3 USC, 13-7. Freshman Tara Prentice scored twice against the Trojans and leads the team with 20 goals.

Scouting No. 23 Marist
Marist (7-10) will play four MAAC games this weekend before heading to Los Angeles next weekend to take part in the LMU Invitational. The Crimson will face Marist in its first game of that tournament at 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. EST Friday, March 16. Marist most recently played five games at the Indiana Classic March 3-4, going 4-1. The Red Foxes lone loss was to No. 10 Indiana, while they picked up a victory over No. 13 Hartwick, 15-14. 

Scouting No. 12 Loyola Marymount
LMU will play just one game March 9 against SDSU before hosting the LMU Invitational March 16-17. The Lions won their last two outings, defeating UC Santa Barbara and Fresno State, to stand at an even 10-10. Harvard will face the host at 2:15 p.m. PST/5:15 EST Friday, March 16.

Scouting No. 24 Cal Baptist
The Crimson begins its final day of action out west with a matchup against Cal Baptist at 11:45 a.m. PST/2:45 p.m. EST March 17. Cal Baptist will host the Lancer Joust tournament this weekend before participating in the LMI Invite. The Lancers played last week at the Claremont Converge, beating Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer and Villanova, but falling to UC San Diego. 

Scouting No. 25 Fresno Pacific
The Sunbirds will also be in action this weekend at the Lancer Invite and went 3-0 last weekend at the Claremont Converge. Fresno Pacific beat La Verne, Chapman and Cal Tech, all by at least seven goals. The 7-7 Sunbirds will meet the Crimson at 3:30 p.m. PST/6:30 p.m. EST March 17. Sophomore Sam Witt leads Fresno Pacific with 25 goals and 24 assists. Freshman Madeline Frey has been the primary netminder with 192 saves in 11 games. 

Follow the Leader
The Harvard captains are senior attacker Sami Strutner and senior goalie Cleo Harrington

Crim-of-the-Crop
The Crimson program has continued to rise under the tutelage of the Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis. Harvard finished last season with its highest-ever final national ranking (No. 15) following an appearance in a CWPA Championship Semifinal after defeating No. 16 Indiana. 

Class of 2020
Four new faces appear in the Harvard lineup this season: Jilly CroninQuinne PursellOlivia Price, and Remedy Ryan. Pursell and Price are attackers, while Ryan is a 2-meter player, and Cronin is listed as utility personnel. 

Championship Aspirations
Harvard continues to climb the championship ladder. The Crimson finished fourth in the conference in 2016-17, improving upon sixth place finishes in each of the two seasons prior. Harvard eliminated No. 16 Indiana in the quarterfinal round. 

 

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