No. 21 Women's Water Polo Sweeps Final Day of Bruno Classic

No. 21 Women's Water Polo Sweeps Final Day of Bruno Classic

Hendrix snapped four goals to help down Indiana for the first time in program history (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 21 women's water polo notched a pair of victories in its final day at the Bruno Classic, sinking No. 13 Indiana in overtime, 12-11, before thumping St. Francis Brooklyn, 16-3.

Harvard (5-1) earned its first win over Indiana (3-3), downing its highest ranked opponent in program history to snap a 13-game losing streak spanning 19 years against the Hoosiers. The Crimson followed with another series first, downing St. Francis Brooklyn (0-3) in its first matchup in the pool.

In the opener against the Hoosiers, Charlotte Hendrix and Zoe Osborne paved the way with four goals apiece, while Cleo Harrington tallied 14 saves in net. Melissa Balding, Sami Strutner and Kristen Hong all tallied four scorers and Sam Acker stopped seven shots in the finale against the Terriers.

Osborne provided the offense for the Crimson in the opening period as the Hoosiers took a 3-2 lead and Orborne struck again with another pair of scores in the second period. Hendrix and Stapleton got on the board to cut the Hoosiers lead, but Indiana claimed an 8-6 advantage into the half.

Hendrix scored Harvard's lone goal in the third period to match the Hoosiers. Trailing by two heading into the final period, Yoshi Andersen and Hong snapped the back of the net, while Indiana notched another try to hold to a 10-9 lead before Hendrix found the back of the net to send the game into overtime.

Michelle Martinelli tallied the lone score of the first overtime, while Hendrix notched her fourth goal of the contest in the second frame of extra time, sealing the 12-11 win.

The Crimson dominated St. Francis Brooklyn in the finale, shutting the Terriers out for three quarters to cruise to a 16-3 victory. Balding, Strutner and Kong each snapped the back of the net four times, while Rachel Lobato, Nikki Daurio, Hendrix and Anderson each added a tally.

The Crimson will return to the pool next weekend for a trio of contests at the Princeton Invitational.