Women’s Water Polo Scores Big Upset Over No. 19 Santa Clara, 14-4

Women’s Water Polo Scores Big Upset Over No. 19 Santa Clara, 14-4

Martinelli nets five goals, while Harrington turns away 15. (Zack Williamson)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Harvard women's water polo closed out its California road trip Sunday afternoon, against No. 19 Santa Clara, upsetting the ranked Broncos, 14-4. The Crimson (16-8) dominated in both phases of the game, scoring at least three goals in each quarter and limiting Santa Clara (12-9) to only one goal in each quarter.

The Crimson wasted no time taking control of the game, going ahead 4-1 after the first quarter. Victoria Frager opened the scoring early for Harvard thanks to a great pass from Charlotte Hendrix. Three other Crimson players scored in the quarter, including Michelle Martinelli netting her first of five.

Martinelli starred in the second quarter scoring all three of Harvard's second quarter goals, pushing her total to four. Freshman keeper Cleo Harrington and the defense continued to play well only allowing Santa Clara to score once, giving the Crimson a 7-2 halftime lead.

The halftime break did not cool off the Crimson offense, as Harvard scored four more goals in the third quarter. For the second time, all the Crimson goals were scored by different players. Kalina Grabb and Frager registered their second goals of the match, while Yoshi Andersen and Rachel Lobato netting their firsts. Another stout performance from the defense gave Harvard an 11-3 advantage heading into the final period.

Harvard closed out the game taking the final frame, 3-1. Frager opened the quarter with her third goal of the match. Andersen followed suit with her second goal and Martinelli ended the game with her game-high fifth. Once the final whistle had sounded, the Crimson had upset the Broncos, 14-4

The Crimson has two weeks off before returning to action April 11 against Notre Dame College.