Women's Water Polo Stumbles Against No. 7 San Jose State

Women's Water Polo Stumbles Against No. 7 San Jose State

Pictured: Monica Zdrojewski
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

SAN JOSE, Calif.- The Harvard women's water polo team dropped a 13-7 decision to No. 7 San Jose State Wednesday evening. The Crimson sinks to 9-7 on the season while the Spartans raise their record to 13-8. The loss is Harvard second on the year to an opponent ranked in the top 10 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association national poll.

The Crimson jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead early in the first quarter but found itself only down a goal after the first eight minutes, 4-3. San Jose State held onto a 7-4 advantage going into halftime. The Spartans outscored Harvard 4-1 in the third period and the two squads each netted two goals in the final stanza.

Monica Zdrojewski recorded a hat trick to lead the Crimson offensively. Lizzie Abbott, Kelly Peeler, Shannon Purcell and Patricia Smith all tallied a goal in the game. Devan Kennifer drew five ejections and Aisha Price registered four steals. Netminder Laurel McCarthy turned aside three shots.

Harvard returns to action Friday, March 19, as it continues its tour of the left coast. The Crimson will square off against Cal State East Bay, who is ranked No. 19 in the CWPA national poll.