Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 2 Stanford

Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 2 Stanford

Crimson net seven against top-ranked Cardinal. (Wan Grabb)

STANFORD, Calif. – Harvard women's water polo took on No. 2 Stanford Friday night but fell, 23-7. On a tough night for the Crimson, Yoshi Andersen scored two goals pushing her season total to a team-best 42.

The Crimson (14-8) fell behind, 3-0, early in the first half, before Michelle Martinelli put Harvard on the board after four minutes of action. The Cardinal (15-1) would find the back of the net four more times in the quarter but Andersen would net her first of the game with 30 seconds left, pushing the score to 7-2 in favor of Stanford after the first eight minutes.

Harvard's defense was strong in the second quarter, limiting Stanford to only two goals. Unfortunately the Crimson could not get the offense going in the second, eventually going into half time down, 10-2.

The third quarter saw Stanford pull ahead of the Crimson, 18-4. Andersen would find the back of the net for second time in the quarter, while freshman Haley Bowe scored her eighth goal of the season.

Facing a 14-goal deficit, Harvard put everything on the line in the final frame, producing its best offensive output of the night. The Crimson offense scored a game-high three goals in the fourth, with Melissa Balding, Zoe Osborne and Kalina Grabb snapping the back of the net. After the final whistle blew, the Crimson had fallen to the Stanford, 23-7.

The Crimson is back in action Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. EST to take on Cal St. Monterey Bay.