Martinelli and Andersen combine to nine goals in the victory. (Zack Williamson)
PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's water polo took on Bucknell Saturday night in New Jersey, defeating the Bison, 14-7.
The Crimson jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter. Harvard dominated the opening period, scoring three unanswered goals over the first seven minutes, while also shutting out Bucknell. The Bison were able to steal a goal back before the end of the first, but two goals from Michelle Martinelli gave the Crimson a 3-1 lead.
Harvad's offense exploded in the second quarter finding the back of the net five times. Yoshi Andersen was stellar in the period putting together a hat trick just eight minutes. Bucknell pushed back with four goals of its own, but Harvard still went in to the half with an 8-5 lead.
The Crimson wrestled control of the game in the third quarter adding five more goals. It was a balanced attack as five different Harvard players added goals to their tallies, including Martinelli's fourth of the game. The Crimson defense was also stout in the third, limiting Bucknell to only one goal.
The final quarter was a defensive struggle as only two total goals were scored. The Bison netted the first of the frame but Martinelli responded with her game-high fifth goal to secure Harvard's 14-7 win.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow, April 26 at noon when it takes on Ancient Eight foe, Brown.