Junior goalie Laurel McCarthy made eight saves Friday at Cal State East Bay (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
HAYWARD, Calif. – Tied after the first and second periods and within striking distance after the third, the Harvard women's water polo struggled to keep pace in the final period Friday, falling to host Cal State East Bay, 12-8.
The Crimson (10-8) held small leads of 2-1 in the first frame and 5-3 in the second, but each time the Pioneers (14-7) reeled Harvard back in to tie the score. It was 2-2 after the opening stanza and 6-6 at halftime. Cal State East Bay outscored Harvard, 4-2, in the third quarter before blanking the Crimson in the fourth and adding two insurance goals for the final score.
Junior Monica Zdrojewski led Harvard in scoring with three goals, while also adding a steal on the defensive end. Sophomore Aisha Price had a score, two assists and a takeaway, and sophomore Elise Molnar had two helpers and two steals.
The Crimson will take No. 2 Cal in Berkeley, Calif., at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Cal State East Bay 12, Harvard 8