No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Edges Sonoma St., Falls to No. 14 UC Davis

Sofia Carerra-Justiz scored twice against Irvine (Gil Talbot).
Sofia Carerra-Justiz scored twice against Irvine (Gil Talbot).

Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz totaled six goals over two games Sunday (Paul Rutherford).

DAVIS, Calif.
– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo split a pair of contests on the West Coast Sunday, taking down Sonoma St., 13-10, before falling to No. 14 UC Davis, 10-6. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz recorded hat tricks in both games to lead the Crimson attack.

Harvard (6-7, 0-1 CWPA) won a high-scoring affair in the opener against Sonoma St., using a combined eight goals from Carrera-Justiz and sophomore Kristen Hong to overpower the Seawolves (6-15). Hong collected a season-high five goals, and Carrera-Justiz totaled three scores to go along with a team-high three assists.

The Crimson managed to pull away in the second half after the two teams remained knotted through two quarters at 5-5. Senior Michelle Martinelli tallied two goals in the third quarter and Hong added two of her own in the fourth as the Crimson outscored the Seawolves, 8-5, in the half.

Senior Zoe Osborne, sophomore Haley Bowe and freshman Mathilde Ribordy found the back of the net as well, while freshman Julie Harrison, junior Sami Strutner and Martinelli all collected two helpers for the balanced Harvard attack.

Sophomore Sam Acker handled responsibilities in net, racking up six saves to go along with an assist and a steal.

In the second game against UC Davis (13-13), Harvard fell behind 6-3 after two quarters of action. The Aggies totaled four goals in the second quarter to extend its lead to three at the intermission.

Carrera-Justiz scored in each of the first three quarters en route to her second hat trick on the day, but the four-goal deficit (8-4) heading into the final frame proved to be too much for Harvard to overcome as the Aggies went on to preserve the 10-6 victory.

Osborne, Ribordy and Harrison all scored for the Crimson and Martinelli paced the offense with two assists. Senior Eela Nagaraj led the defensive efforts with three steals, while netminder Cleo Harrington posted eight stops and two steals.

The Crimson will be back in the pool at Fresno Pacific on Tuesday, March 14 for a 9:30 p.m. EST start time.