No. 18 Harvard (20-4) vs. No. 21 Hartwick (15-8)
Harvard vs. Bucknell (14-12)
Sunday, April 17 – 1 p.m.
Harvard leads, 23-1
Harvard will look to gain key points in the CWPA standings (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With three CWPA games left in the regular season, the No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team will head to Princeton, New Jersey, for matchups against No. 21 Hartwick, Bucknell and George Washington.
Last Time Out
Trailing by two heading into the final period, Harvard tied the game up and Michelle Martinelli completed the comeback as she netted the game-winning goal with 50 seconds remaining as the Crimson eked out a 9-8 win over Brown Wednesday night at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
One for the Books
With Wednesday's victory, Harvard tied its single season win record and recorded its fourth season in program history with 20 triumphs. The victory also marked the first time the Crimson has registered back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Harvard is one win away from setting its single season win record.
The next win under The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis will break the Harvard single-season record for victories in a season. With the Crimson's comeback over Brown Wednesday night, Minnis became the first head coach to record multiple and back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Harvard, Brown and Princeton all own two points in the standings, with the Tigers holding the fifth seed with one less conference loss. Hartwick and Michigan each claim six points, while Bucknell and Indiana own four and George Washington rounds out the field as the lone team to remain scoreless in CWPA action.
Bucknell, George Washington and Hartwick will each face three of the top teams in the league with matchups against Michigan, Indiana and Princeton on the docket for the weekend along with their respective contests against Harvard.
With five saves on Wednesday night, Cleo Harrington upped her total to 228 on the season to move into second place on the single-season saves record, moving past the 226 mark Ariel Dukes '15 set in 2014. Harrington is 19 saves shy of breaking the single-season record of 246 set by Dukes in 2013.
Harvard is 6-0 in one-goal games this season and also boasts a 4-1 mark in games decided by two scores.
In the Ranks
Harvard earned its highest ranking ever in the CWPA poll, checking in at No. 13 for three weeks between March 23 and April 6.
Rank and File
The Crimson has defeated eight top-25 opponents this season, a first in program history.
Hartwick along with Michigan are the lone teams to remain undefeated in CWPA play at 3-0. The Hawks are coming off a sweep in George Washington, besting Bucknell, 15-10, and sinking the host, 17-11, to improve to 15-8 on the season.
Zsofia Polak leads the Hawks with 91 goals and 47 assists for 138 points and Katie McKenty trails with 76 points on 31 goals and 45 assists. Michaela Davies has been the primary netminder with 152 saves over 15 starts.
The Bison are coming off a 2-1 weekend to open conference play, falling to Hartwick before coming out on top against Brown, 13-9, and George Washington in overtime, 15-13, to stand at 14-12 on the season.
Eleanor Marrs tops the Bison with 106 points coming on 55 goals and a team-best 51 assists. Hannah Sunday has snapped a team-high 59 goals, while Manuela Herrera has seen the majority of time in net with 86 saves and owns a .404 save percentage.
Scouting George Washington
The Colonials are 6-12 and have dropped six of its last seven decisions. George Washington and Harvard were the lone CWPA teams to drop all three of its opening conference games. The Colonials opened their conference slate last weekend with a 17-12 loss to Brown before being sunk by Hartwick and Bucknell.
Harvard will host the CWPA Championships April 29 – May 1 at Blodgett Pool.
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