Balding nets four but the Crimson fell to the Hawks. (Zack Williamson
PRINCETON, N.J.. - Harvard women's water polo took on No. 20 Hartwick in a CWPA Championship quarterfinal match up, Friday afternoon, loosing out to the Hawks, 12-10.
Both teams came out firing, netting seven total goals in the first period. After trading goals to open the quarter, Harvard scored two unanswered to take a 3-1 lead with four minutes off the clock. Hardwick responded with a three unanswered goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead after the first eight minutes.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter, seeing seven more goals finding the back of the net. Balding netted her second goal of the game early, sparking a 2-0 run to tie the game at 5-5. Hartwick again had an answer netting three goals in quick succession, going ahead 8-5. With 40 seconds left in the period, Charlotte Hendrix was able to score to cut Hardwick's lead to 8-6 heading into half time.
The scoring came to a halt in the third quarter, with Cleo Harrington and the Harvard defense limiting Hartwick to only two goals. The Crimson offense could not get going either with Balding's third goal of the game the only scoring of the quarter.
Down 10-7, the Crimson fought hard to steal a win from the Hawks. Harvard opened the scoring with Michelle Martinelli cutting the Hartwick lead to five minutes to play in the game. A minute later the two teams traded goals to bring the score to 11-9, but with six minutes into the final frame Hartwick pushed its lead to 12-9. With seconds left in the game Kalina Grabb netted a much needed goal, but it was not enough as the Crimson would fall 12-10
The Crimson is back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. against wither Michigan or Bucknell.