No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Sweeps Connecticut College, George Washington, to Advance to CWPA Championship Fifth-Place Game

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Play Video

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team coasted to a pair of victories on the second day of the CWPA Championship, trouncing Connecticut College, 13-3, before securing its spot in the fifth-place game with an 11-6 triumph over George Washington Saturday at Blodgett Pool.

Harvard 13, Connecticut College 3

Charlotte Hendrix and Kristen Hong fueled the attack with four goals apiece. Hong's third goal of the game set the program rookie record for goals in a season, surpassing Hendrix's total of 71 in 2013. Cleo Harrington led the defense with a career-best 21 saves in net.

Hong opened the game with back-to-back scores before Connecticut College converted on a man-up situation to get on the board. However, the Crimson's attack overwhelmed the Camels as Hendrix caught fire to close out the period, netting a hat trick and Hollis Jomo added another to put Harvard in command, 6-1, at the end of the first period.

Harvard controlled possession the rest of the game to keep its hopes alive of a fifth-place game appearance. Yoshi Andersen, Sami Strutner, Nikki Daurio and Sam Acker each found the back of the net as the Crimson chalked up its 27th-straight win over Connecticut College.

Harvard 11, George Washington 6

The Colonials reached the scoreboard first, but Harvard responded immediately as Andersen delivered the equalizer and Hendrix found the back of the net on the power play to give the Crimson a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first.

George Washington tied it up less than a minute into the second stanza, but Andersen and Strutner each delivered scores on the counter and Hong cashed in on another man-up situation to give Harvard the upper hand at 5-2 at the break.

Hong furthered the lead to 6-2 to open the third before the Colonials netted back-to-back goals to make it a two-goal game. Hendrix and Hong closed out the half with two scores apiece, including a last-second desperation shot from halfway across the pool to send Harvard into the final period with a 10-5 advantage. Hendrix capped her day with her fourth tally of the game to send Harvard to the fifth-place game for the second straight season. 

The Crimson will vie for fifth-place tomorrow against Bucknell at 10:30 a.m. for its final game of the season.