Andersen tallied her 14th hat trick of the season (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's water polo team fell to second-seed Bucknell, 9-6, in the third place game at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division third place game Sunday afternoon inside Blodgett Pool.
The Crimson will finish in fourth place, while Bucknell takes third and earns an automatic bid to the CWPA Championships April 25-27.
The opening quarter was a defensive battle, but Bucknell opened the scoring with a quick shot less than a minute in the game before Yoshi Andersen evened the score at one when she fired the ball into the left side of the net with 5:13 to go. Andersen then struck again to give Harvard the go-ahead goal with eight seconds left.
Bucknell and Harvard traded goals during the second frame. Bucknell struck first before senior Jelena Cyr found the back of the net for the Crimson, but a Harvard foul led to a five-meter opportunity that the Bison capitalized on to make it 3-3 heading into intermission.
After Andersen registered her third goal of the day to put Harvard on top, Bucknell took its first lead of the game as the Bison netted three unanswered goals. Bucknell owned a two-goal advantage heading in the final eight minutes.
Bucknell extended its lead to three when the Bison capitalized on a power play opportunity a minute and a half into the fourth.
Charlotte Hendrix put the Crimson on the board in the fourth frame with a bullet into the upper corner of the goal, but the Bison tacked on two more goals in the final 1:45 of the frame to secure the win.
Harvard 6, Bucknell 9
A. Dukes, 7