Women’s Water Polo Defeats Bucknell and Hartwick, Finishes Road Trip 3-0

Women’s Water Polo Defeats Bucknell and Hartwick, Finishes Road Trip 3-0

Hendrix starred, Sunday, finishing the day with six goals and four assists. (Zack Williamson)

LEWISBERG, Pa. – Harvard women's water polo closed a three-game road trip Sunday afternoon at the Kinney Natatorium against Bucknell and Hartwick. The Crimson (8-4) defeated the Bison (6-4), 12-5, and the Hawks (8-12), 11-6, to push its win streak to four games.

Harvard took on host Bucknell in an early morning match up. The Crimson took an early lead, going up 3-1 in the first quarter. Harvard deployed a balanced attack in the first, with three different players finding the back of the net. Junior Charlotte Hendrix exploded in the second period, scoring three of Harvard's four goals pushing the Crimson's lead to 7-3. Bucknell was only able to get two shots past Ariel Dukes, who would finish with 14 saves, in the period.

The offense continued to roll at the start of the second half snapping the back of the net three times in the third quarter. Michelle Martinelli scored two goals in the quarter while Hendrix scored her fifth of the game, increasing Harvard's advantage to 10-4. Yoshi Andersen and Rachel Lobato got on the score sheet in the final frame, securing Harvard's 12-5 win.
 
The second game of the day saw Harvard face off with Hartwick. Lobato, Hendrix and Victoria Frager scored goals in the first quarter to put the Crimson ahead, 3-1. Harvard had another strong second quarter, with four different players finding the back of the net. Martinelli lead the way in the second quarter with two, giving the Crimson a 8-3 lead at the half.

The fast-paced first half slowed down in the third with only three total goals scored. Zoe Osborne and Andersen helped Harvard increase its advantage over Hartwick to 10-4. In the final frame, the Hawks were able to score two goals but Andersen put away her second of the game, as the Crimson would go on to win, 11-6. Freshman Cleo Harrington put in another go shift, turning away 13 shoots in the victory.

The Crimson is back in action next weekend as they return home to host the Harvard Invite. Seven come to Cambridge to compete over two days. Harvard takes the pool, Saturday, March 7 against Connecticut College at 9 a.m. and Marist at 6:45 p.m. On the second day of action, Sunday, March 8, the Crimson will square off with San Jose State at 8 a.m. and VMI at 2:15 p.m.