No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 13 Princeton, Takes Down George Washington

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 13 Princeton, Takes Down George Washington

The Crimson went 1-1 in the final weekend of the season. (Zack Williamson)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 20 Harvard women's water polo ended its regular season Saturday, with games against No. 13 Princeton and George Washington. The Crimson dropped its game against the Tigers, 15-7, but rebounded to beat the Colonials 15-7.

Princeton 15, Harvard 7
The Crimson took to the pool Saturday morning, looking to snap a 19-game losing streak to the Tigers. The first period was tightly contested between the two Ivy foes, finishing with Princeton narrowly ahead, 3-2. The Crimson's offensive leaders, Yoshi Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix, found the back of the net in the first to keep Harvard in the game.

Princeton took control of the game in the second quarter, however, scoring seven goals in the stanza. Alexis Del Toro was the Crimson's only goal scorer in the second quarter, with Harvard going into halftime trailing, 10-3.

The third period saw the Crimson play better defense, allowing just three goals. The offense continued to struggle against the Tigers with Melissa Balding finding the back of the net, bringing the score to 13-4 after three.

Harvard was able to score three times in the final frame but it was not enough as the Crimson fell to the Tigers, 15-7.

Harvard 15, George Washington 7
Harvard returned to the pool in the afternoon to face George Washington. While the first half was a close affair, Harvard pulled away in the second half to win 15-7.

The first half was back and forth with Harvard ahead just 5-4 after the first 16 minutes, led by Michelle Martinelli's two goals. Down one, Martinelli was able to find the back of the net late in the first quarter tie the game up at 2-2.

Deadlocked at 4-4, with time running out in the second period, Hendrix was able to find the back of the net to give Harvard a 5-4 lead going into half time.

The Crimson offense exploded in the third quarter, snapping the net five times. Hendrix took the momentum of her late second-quarter goal to net the first two tallies of the third period, pushing the Crimson lead to 7-4. Martinelli closed out the third period with her second goal of the game, sending Harvard in to the final frame up, 10-5.

Harvard did not let up in the fourth quarter, scoring five more goals to extend its lead. Five different Crimson players scored in the fourth, including Hendrix, who netted her game-high fifth, and freshman Sami Strutner scoring her second of the game. The Crimson would close out the regular season with the 15-7 victory over George Washington.

The Crimson now turns its attention to the CWPA Eastern Championships next weekend, April 24-26, hosted by Princeton.