Harvard netted 24 goals in two wins. (Zack Williamson)
PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's water polo enjoyed great success at day two of the Princeton Invitational, Sunday. In the first game of the day, the Crimson (4-3) dominated Villanova (0-5), 12-3, and rode that momentum to a hard fought, 12-8, victory over Iona (3-4).
The Crimson took on Villanova for the second time this season, after winning the first match up, 19-8. Harvard put on a strong performance in both phases of the game against the Wildcats. The Crimson came out fast building an 8-1 lead at half time, as five different Crimson players found the back of the net in the first two quarters.
The Harvard defense would allow only two goals in the second half, securing the 12-3 win with ease. Charlotte Hendrix and Yoshi Andersen powered the Crimson offense with three goals apiece, while Victoria Frager registered a team-best four assists.
After falling to Iona in the first game of the season, the Crimson struck back defeating the Gales, 12-8. The first quarter saw little action but Harvard came alive in the second, scoring five goals and heading into the second half with a 7-4 lead.
The Crimson pushed the lead to 10-6 at the start of the final quarter and held off a late Iona burst to hold on for the win. Hendrix was great against the Gaels, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Kalina Grabb also put in a good shift, netting four goals and adding an assist to the ledger.
Harvard has a week off before competing at the Ivy Championship hosted by Princeton. The Crimson will take on Brown Sunday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. in a first round match up.