No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Downed by No. 20 SDSU in Aztec Invitational Opener, 9-5

No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Downed by No. 20 SDSU in Aztec Invitational Opener, 9-5

Andersen tallied her seventh multi-goal game of the season (Zack Williamson).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Despite holding an early two-goal lead, No. 18 Harvard women's water polo yielded a 9-5 decision to No. 20 San Diego State in its opening game of the Aztec Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Aztec Aquaplex.

Yoshi Andersen paced Harvard (11-3) with a pair of scores, while Charlotte Hendrix, Melissa Balding and Kristen Hong also found the back of the net. San Diego State's (7-9) Caroline Israels led all scorers with four goals.

Anderson provided the scoring in the opening period, while Sam Acker and the Crimson defense held the Aztec attack at bay as Harvard jumped out to take the upper hand at 2-0. However, San Diego State ripped off a 4-0 run to open the second period, claiming a 4-2 advantage at the half.

The Aztecs kept the momentum on their side to open the third stanza, snapping another score to take a three-goal lead. Hong broke Harvard's scoring drought midway through the period and Balding tacked on another goal, cutting the deficit to one heading into the final period at 5-4.

San Diego State netted two-straight scores in the fourth period before Hendrix put the Crimson within two with just over two minutes remaining, but the Aztecs closed out the game with another pair of goals to sink the Crimson, 9-5.

Harvard will close out the Aztec Invitational tomorrow, starting with a 2:30 p.m. contest against Chapman followed by a 7:30 p.m. showdown against No. 11 UC San Diego.