No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Unfastened by No. 19 Princeton, 12-8, In CWPA Championship Opener

Strutner tallied her fourth multi-goal effort of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a fourth period comeback attempt, the No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team dropped its CWPA Championship opener against defending champion No. 19 Princeton, 12-8, Friday evening at Blodgett Pool.

Yoshi Andersen paced the way for the Crimson offense with her fourth hat trick of the season, while Sami Strutner netted a pair. Cleo Harrington posted eight stops between the pipes.

Andersen found the back of the net from deep to put Harvard on the board first, but the Tigers responded on the ensuing possession to tie it up. Rachel Lobato retook the lead for the Crimson, muscling a shot in from two-meters before the Tigers potted two-straight goals to hold the upper hand at 3-2 at the end of the opening period.

The Tigers took a two-goal lead to open the second before Strutner and Nikki Daurio lobbed back-to-back goals to tie it up at 4-4. Princeton converted on two-straight power plays to retake the lead at 6-4 heading into the break.

Princeton opened the second half with three goals in just over a minute and furthered its lead to 9-4 with just over two minutes to go in the third frame. Kristen Hong halted the 5-0 Tiger run by skipping in a penalty shot to put Harvard within four heading into the final period.

However, Princeton's offense stayed hot, delivering back-to-back goals to open the fourth until Andersen scorched two-straight scores and Strutner netted her second of the game to put the Crimson within three with just under four minutes remaining. With time winding down, Princeton reclaimed its four-goal lead and held on to down Harvard for the 24th-straight time.

Harvard will return to action tomorrow against Connecticut College at 1:30 p.m.