Senior Michelle Martinelli notched four goals for the second time in the last three games against No. 4 Cal (Paul Rutherford).
BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team suffered a 14-7 defeat at the hands of the No. 4 California at the Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif. The Crimson played the first of seven games on its West Coast road swing against the Golden Bears.
Harvard (5-6, 0-1 CWPA) found itself down early against Cal (13-3) and was unable to overcome the deficit. The Crimson didn't score until the second quarter as Cal opened up an 8-1 lead at the half.
Harvard battled in the second half as it tied the fourth-ranked Golden Bears 6-6 through the final two periods, but ultimately it wasn't enough as Cal maintained a steady lead en route to the 14-7 decision.
Senior Michelle Martinelli scored four goals for the second time in the last three games to lead the Crimson offense. Martinelli has now scored in three consecutive contests and has 17 goals on the year. Senior Zoe Osborne, junior Sami Strutner and freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz also tallied goals for the Crimson.
Junior Cleo Harrington recorded five saves and sophomore Sam Acker totaled two stops and two steals as they split duties in net for the Crimson.
Harvard will return to action with two contests against Sonoma St. and No. 13 UC Davis tomorrow. The Crimson will take on Sonoma St. at 1 p.m. EST and UC Davis at 7 p.m. EST.