No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Defeats Notre Dame College, Nearly Upsets No. 16 Indiana

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Defeats Notre Dame College, Nearly Upsets No. 16 Indiana

Martinelli nets five in two matches. (Zack Williamson)

PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 20 Harvard women's water polo played two matches Saturday, in Princeton's Denunzio Pool. The Crimson opened the day with a 15-1 win against Notre Dame College before being edged by No. 16 Indiana, 12-7.

Harvard 15, Notre Dame College 1
Harvard opened its three-game road trip against Notre Dame College, and came out firing in the early going, netting eight goals in the first quarter. Five different Crimson players scored goals in the quarter led by a hat trick from Michelle Martinelli. The scoring continued in the second quarter with Harvard adding four more to its tally. Zoe Osborne found the back of the net twice in the period, registering the Crimson's second hat trick of the night.

With a 12-1 lead after two periods, the Crimson buckled down on defense, shutting out NDC in the second half. Harvard was able to score three more goals, ultimately winning out, 15-1.

No. 16 Indiana 12, Harvard 7
The Crimson took on the Hoosiers in an afternoon match, looking to break a 12-game losing streak to Indiana. The first quarter was tightly contested with Indiana taking a 2-1 lead, with Yoshi Andersen netting the Crimson lone goal. The back-and-forth battle continued in the second period with both teams netting three goals apiece, as Charlotte Hendrix was able to score with only three second left in the half, cutting Indiana's lead to 5-4 at half time.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle, with Harvard only able to score one goal. Even though the offense could not get going in the second half, the defense was strong lead by senior co-captain Ariel Dukes, who would finish with 12 saves and two steals. The final frame saw the ranked Hoosiers take control of the match, eventually winning out 12-7.

The Crimson is back in the pool Sunday at 1 p.m. to take on No. 15 Michigan.