Pictured: Kelly Peeler tallied her first goal of the 2010
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Harvard women's water polo team staged a second-half comeback to defeat Bucknell, 13-12, in overtime at the Elite Eight tournament. The Crimson improves to 8-5 on the season and snaps a three-game skid. Harvard is now 2-0 in games that are decided with bonus water polo this season.
The game opened with nine goals in the first eight minutes of play and Harvard trailed Bucknell 5-4. The Bisons extended its lead to three goals after outscoring the Crimson 3-1 in the second quarter, to hold an 8-5 advantage heading into halftime. In the third quarter, Harvard unleashed an offensive flurry, burying four goals and only allowed one. The third period ended with the score tied at 9-9. The Crimson and Bisons traded scores and were locked at an 11-11 stalemate at the end of regulation. Devan Kennifer found the back of the net twice in the extra frame to give Harvard a 13-11 cushion before Bucknell got one back.
Kennifer scored six goals in the winning effort. Lizzie Abbott and Aisha Price each notched a pair of goals in the contest for Harvard. Kelly Peeler, Shannon Purcell and Patricia Smith rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece. Laurel McCarthy made seven saves to help the Crimson earn its eighth win of the season.
Harvard travels to the Golden State for a string of five games. The Crimson kicks off its west coast trip against Fresno Pacific and UC-Davis, March. 15.