No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Drops Close Match to No. 15 Michigan, 12-9

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Drops Close Match to No. 15 Michigan, 12-9

Martinelli stars again for the Crimson. (Zack Williamson)

PRINCETON, N.J. - No. 20 Harvard women's water polo closed out its three-game road trip Sunday, falling to No. 15 Michigan, 12-9. Michelle Martinelli led the way for the Crimson, registering six of Harvard's nine points on three goals and three assists, but the Wolverines took advantage of 21 Harvard ejections.

The first quarter was tightly contested with Michigan pushing ahead 4-3. Yoshi Andersen, Melissa Balding and Alexis Del Toro got going early all finding the back of the net in the first eight minutes. 

In the second period Harvard was only able to net one goal but limited the Wolverines to just two keeping the match close at 6-4. Charlotte Hendrix snapped the back of the net before halftime for her sole goal of the game.

Martinelli opened the second half with two of her three goals but Michigan was able to muster four in the third quarter pushing their advantage to 11-7.

Down four, the Crimson stepped up on defense, only allowing one goal. Freshman Cleo Harrington played well throughout the game finishing the day with 10 stops and a steal. Martinelli notched her second hat trick of the weekend early in the final frame to cut into the Wolverine lead. With time running out, Kalina Grabb was able to net her first goal of the match, but it was not enough as Harvard would fall to Michigan, 12-9.

Harvard returns to the friendly confines of Blodgett Pool for a match Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., before closing out the regular season Sunday, April 18 with matches against Princeton and George Washington.