No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Splits at Bruno Classic

No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Splits at Bruno Classic

Sophomore Kristen Hong totaled four goals on the day for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

– The No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team split its opening two matches of the 2017 campaign at the Bruno Classic on Saturday.  The Crimson fell to No. 21 Wagner, 10-5, in the opener, before taking down Iona, 13-6.

In the opener against the Seahawks, the Crimson found itself in a tight contest early. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz scored twice in the first quarter in her first career game, but Wagner matched both goals and it was 2-2 after the opening period.

The Seahawks slowly began to build a lead, outscoring Harvard 3-1 in the second frame. Freshman Mathilde Ribordy scored her first career goal during the period.

Wagner extended its lead in the third and led by five (9-4)  after the quarter. The Seahawks contained the Crimson attack late, preserving the victory.

Junior Sami Strutner and sophomore Kristen Hong scored for the Crimson in the second half. Carrera-Justiz led Harvard with two assists, while senior Zoe Osborne and Strutner each tallied a helper.

Junior Cleo Harrington and sophomore Sam Acker split time in net against the Seahawks. Harrington notched six stops and Acker amassed five saves. Ribordy led the defensive efforts with three steals.

In the game against Iona, Harvard once again was knotted up after the first quarter at 1-1.

That would be as close as Iona would get, as Harvard erupted in the second frame for 10 goals. Eight different Crimson scored a goal in the quarter, including three from Hong. The defense was stellar as well, holding the Gaels scoreless in the frame.

Iona responded by outscoring the Crimson 4-1 in the third quarter, but Harvard had no trouble holding on to the lead as Iona never got closer than six.

Hong finished the contest with a hat trick, while Osborne and freshman Julie Harrison notched two goals, each. Harrison also dished out two assists.

Freshmen Angie Varona and Lana Gorlinski scored their first goals in Crimson, and senior Eela Nagaraj notched a goal to go along with three assists. Carrera-Justiz matched Nagaraj with a team-high three assists.

Harrington and Acker shared duties in goal, combining for nine stops. Harrington totaled five and Acker stopped four shots. Harvard recorded 11 steals in the game, led by Osborne with four.

Harvard women's water polo will be back in action at the Bison Invitation hosted by Bucknell on Feb. 11-12.