No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Defeated by No. 14 San Jose St., 5-3

Sami Strutner had a hat trick in the finale against Siena (Gil Talbot).
Sami Strutner had a hat trick in the finale against Siena (Gil Talbot).

Junior Sami Strutner led the Crimson with two assists against the Spartans (Paul Rutherford).

SAN JOSE, Calif.
– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team fell in a closely-contested matchup to No. 14 San Jose St., 5-3, on Friday evening. Junior Cleo Harrington had 11 saves in net for Harvard, marking her fourth double-digit save total on the year.

Harvard (7-9, 0-1 CWPA) held an early advantage over the Spartans (9-13), taking a 2-1 lead after the opening eight minutes of action. Sophomore Kristen Hong and freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz registered goals for the Crimson, both set up by junior Sami Strtuner.

San Jose St. was able to shift the momentum in the second quarter, outscoring Harvard 3-0 and taking a two-goal cushion (4-2) into the half.

Harvard regrouped out of the break and narrowed the deficit to 3-2 at the end of the third frame. Senior Michelle Martinelli found the back of the net as she tallied her 21st goal of the season.

The Crimson offense was shut down in the fourth quarter, however, as San Jose St. never relinquished the lead en route to the 5-3 victory.

In net, Harrington notched her second-straight 10-plus save total with 11 stops in net. She also had a steal, one of six swipes for the Crimson on the day.

Harvard closes out its West Coast road trip against Santa Clara at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow, March 18.