Pictured: Aisha Price tallied four goals on the first day of
the Elite Eight Tournament.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Harvard women's water
polo team dropped two games on the first day of the Elite Eight
Tournament. The Crimson fell to Maryland in the opening round and
to Princeton in the consolation semifinals.
Harvard opened the day with a 13-10 loss at the hands of Maryland. The Crimson trailed 4-2 after the first quarter and 6-3 heading into halftime. Harvard stormed out of the locker room to tie the score at 7-7 going into the fourth quarter. The Terrapins managed to outscore the Crimson, 6-3, in the final eight minutes to walk away with the win. Ita Barton-Kettleborough, Devan Kennifer and freshman Aisha Price all recorded hat tricks in the match. Lizzie Abbott also buried a marker in the game. Laurel McCarthy turned aside four shots against Maryland.
The Crimson played fellow Ivy Leaguer Princeton later in the day. The two teams each scored a pair of goals in the opening eight minutes of play. The Tigers owned a 6-5 advantage after the first half. Harvard stayed within striking distance in the third quarter, trailing 8-6 going into the fourth quarter. The Crimson was unable to find the back of the net in the fourth quarter. Barton-Kettleborough turned in her second three-goal performance of the day. Abbott, Kennifer and Price each tallied a goal apiece for Harvard. McCarthy made seven saves between the pipes. The Crimson falls to 7-5 on the year.
Harvard will close out the weekend against Bucknell, tomorrow at 10 a.m.