Junior Shannon Purcell notched two scores, dished four assists and grabbed a steal Sunday against Michigan (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Wolverines' lead grew bit by bit Sunday against the Harvard women's water polo team until a second-half push was just not enough to overcome the deficit, as the Crimson fell to No. 6 Michigan, 13-10 in a Collegiate Water Polo Association match at Bucknell.
Harvard (14-11, 2-2 CWPA) only trailed by one goal after the first period, 4-3. In the second, Michigan (27-4, 5-0 CWPA) pushed that advantage to four with six goals of its own while holding the Crimson to three. Harvard tied the game at two different points during the second frame, at 4-4 and 5-5, before the Wolverines scored four unanswered goals to take a 9-5 lead.
After halftime, Harvard played even with Michigan, matching the Wolverines goal for goal but not gaining any ground as each team posted three scores apiece. The Crimson defense tightened in the fourth quarter to shut out Michigan, but the offense was only able to muster a single tally for the final 13-10 score.
Junior Shannon Purcell led the way for Harvard with two goals, four assists and a steal. Junior co-captain Devan Kennifer led all scorers with four tallies, and classmate Monica Zdrojewski added two goals and a takeaway.
The Crimson has another busy CWPA schedule as it heads to College Park, Md., Saturday and Sunday for three conference games. Harvard will face George Washington and Indiana Saturday, then take on host Maryland Sunday.
No. 6 Michigan 13, Harvard 10