No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Returns to Action with Three-Game Road Trip

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Returns to Action with Three-Game Road Trip

The Crimson looks to stay hot after long layoff. (Zack Williamson)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 20 Harvard women's water polo is back in the pool this weekend, after a three-week break with three matches at Princeton's Denunzio Pool.

The Crimson opens the weekend, Saturday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. against Notre Dame College and returns to the pool at 5:30 p.m. against No. 16 Indiana. Harvard wraps up the weekend with a match against No. 15 Michigan at 1 p.m.

Princeton will be streaming all three matches live on the Ivy League Digital Network. 

Last Time Out
Harvard went 5-3 on its annual California road trip, vaulting the Crimson back in to the top 20. With a 15-8 victory over Cal St. Monterey Bay, Ted Minnis, the Friends of Harvard Water Polo coach, became the winningest coach in the program's history. The Crimson capped the west coast trip upsetting then-No. 19 Santa Clara, 14-4.

About Notre Dame College
The Falcons are 1-8 this season and are currently on a three-game losing streak. Notre Dame's only victory came February 24, when the Falcons took down Penn St. – Behrend, 16-3. The Falcon's are led by its two seniors, Demi Barrett and Gina-Bella Mata'fa. The two teams last met in 2013, with the Crimson winning out 15-4.

About No. 16 Indiana
Indiana holds a 13-11 record this season. The Hoosiers are 2-3 in their last five matches with wins over Redlands and Hartwick. Indiana has scored three victories over ranked opponents this season, including a 9-8 overtime victory over then-No. 9 Princeton. On offense, the Hoosiers are led by freshman Kelly Matthews, who has netted 43 goals this season. The Crimson has struggled against Indiana, trailing the Hoosiers 0-12 in the all-time series.

About No. 15 Michigan
The Wolverines are 12-10 in the 2014-15 season. Michigan is currently on a six-game win streak, with three victories over ranked opponents. Junior Ali Thomason leads the team with 33 goals and freshman Caroline Andersen leads the team in assists and steals with 33 and 38, respectively. Michigan leads the all-time series 2-7-1, with the Crimson last defeating the Wolverines in 2000.

Up Next
Harvard is back in action Wednesday, April 16 with a midweek clash against Brown at 7:30 p.m. at Blodgett Pool.