Kalina Grabb (center) was one short of her career high with three goals Thursday night (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Harvard women's water polo team outscored No. 10 San Jose State, 6-5, in the second half, but 13 goals allowed in the first 16 minutes doomed the Crimson. Sophomore Kalina Grabb came off the bench to score three goals for Harvard, which ultimately lost, 18-8.
SJSU (9-7) stormed out to a 6-1 lead after one period in part due to three goals from Victoria Smith. Harvard's (13-7) Yoshi Anderson scored with 27 seconds left in the frame, but it wasn't until the Spartans had already captured a commanding 6-0 advantage.
Smith scored two more in the second period and Anna Natalizio added two goals herself, as San Jose State cruised to a 13-2 halftime lead. SJSU goaltender Maddie Reardon made five saves in the second period to bring her game total to eight and stall any chance of offense for the Crimson.
Offense came easier for the Crimson in the third and fourth stanzas, scoring three times in each, but the 11-goal difference was too much to make up for. Grabb found the back of the cage twice in the third and three different Crimson, Charlotte Hendrix, Jelena Cyr and Charlotte Hendrix, accounted for the tallies in the final eight minutes.
Ariel Dukes made six saves for Harvard, including three in the third period to help Harvard outscore SJSU in the frame, 3-2.
Harvard is now 3-3 on its annual spring-break trip to California and culminates the eight-game, seven-day excursion with matchups against No. 2 Stanford tomorrow and No. 5 California Saturday.
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