Women’s Water Polo Drops Close Match to Brown at CWPA Championship

Women’s Water Polo Drops Close Match to Brown at CWPA Championship

Andersen and Martinelli score all seven of the Crimson's goals. (Zack Williamson)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's water polo faced off against Ivy League rival Brown Sunday afternoon, falling to the Bears in a low-scoring affair, 8-7.

The Crimson and Bears went toe-to-toe from the start with the score tied up till the very end. In the first quarter the two teams traded goals, knotting the score up at 3-3 after the first eight minutes. Yoshi Andersen netted two of the Crimson's three goals in the quarter, on her way to a team-high four in the game.

For her efforts on the weekend, Andersen was named to the 2015 CWPA Championship All-Tournament First Team.

The second quarter was just as tightly contested as the first. The Crimson found itself trailing 5-4 with a minute before halftime, when Alexis Del Toro was able to find Michelle Martinelli for the equalizer tying the game at 5-5.

Stout defensive play kept either team from finding a rhythm in the period. After five scoreless minutes, Del Toro and Martinelli combined for a second time to break the deadlock at 6-5. With less than a minute to go in the period, Brown was able to equalize once again bringing the score to 6-6.

Brown took the lead early in the fourth, finding the back of the net just a minute in to the final frame. Harvard responded four minutes later when Andersen was able to score her fourth goal of the contest, as the two teams continued to battle. Brown was able to find the game winner with a minute left, taking the match 8-7.