Harvard matched a season-high with 18 goals against Redlands (Zach Williamson).
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Resuming the six remaining games of its California road trip with a doubleheader in Northridge, the No. 19 Harvard women's water polo earned a pair of victories Thursday evening at Matador Pool. The Crimson opened its day enduring No. 25 CSUN, 15-13, before closing out with a thrashing of Redlands, 18-3.
Harvard 15, CSUN 13
Harvard (14-4) jumped out early against CSUN (6-13), claiming an 11-5 advantage before fending off a last minute Matador comeback to seal its first win in the all-time series. Yoshi Andersen and Charlotte Hendrix fueled the offense with four goals apiece, while Cleo Harrington tallied 12 saves in net.
Hendrix and Balding set the tone early in the opening period, netting a pair of goals as Hong and Sami Strutner also snapped the back of net to push Harvard's lead to 6-2 after the opening frame. The Crimson attack stayed hot in the second period, furthering its lead as Andersen tallied a natural hat trick to send Harvard to the break holding the upper hand at 11-5.
Hong, Hendrix and Anderson each found the back of the net again in the third period, but the Matadors outscored the Crimson, 6-2, to cut Harvard's lead to 14-11. Hendrix tacked on one more goal for the Crimson in the final frame, while Harrington and the defense fended off a last-minute CSUN rally to hold on for the win in the opener.
Harvard 18, Redlands 3
Harvard fired on all cylinders in the nightcap against Redlands (2-14) as nine different members of the Crimson tallied a score, led by Hong with a season-high six goals, while Sam Acker rejected nine shots in between the pipes.
The Crimson jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the opening stanza as Hong notched her first pair of the game. Zoe Osborne and Rachel Lobato furthered the Crimson with a goal apiece, while Acker held the Bulldogs scoreless, sending Harvard to the half ahead 8-2.
Acker held Redlands scoreless again in the third period, while the offense lit up the scoreboard for another six scores, led by Hong and Melissa Balding with two goals apiece to hold a commanding 14-2 advantage heading into the final frame. The Crimson found the back of the net four more times in the fourth period to cruise to its first win over Redlands since 2008.
Harvard will return to action tomorrow in another twin bill at the LMU Invitational, commencing with a 2:30 p.m. EST showdown against No. 14 LMU followed by a 5 p.m. EST matchup against Asuza Pacific