No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Sweeps Bucknell, George Washington

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Sweeps Bucknell, George Washington

Senior Michelle Martinelli matched a career-high five goals in Harvard's victory over George Washington (Paul Rutherford).

– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team picked up two conference wins with victories over Bucknell and George Washington Saturday. The Crimson took down Bucknell, 9-5, followed by a 15-8 win over George Washington.

Harvard (12-9, 2-1 CWPA) opened up a seven-game conference stretch with wins over the Bison and Colonials. The Crimson extended its win streak to five as it held its opponent to single digits for the eighth-straight game.

In the opener against Bucknell (13-14, 2-4 CWPA), the Crimson trailed by a goal (2-1) after the first quarter. Harvard took over in the second, outscoring the Bison 4-0 in the frame to take a 5-2 advantage into the intermission. Senior Michelle Martinelli tallied two goals to help spark the Crimson attack.

Harvard kept its foot on the gas to open the second half, as sophomore Kristen Hong scored a pair of goals in the third to help Harvard go up five (8-3) heading into the final period. Senior Zoe Osborne added a score in the fourth quarter as Harvard cruised to the 9-5 win.

Osborne recorded a career-high five assists against the Bison to go along with two goals. Freshman Mathilde Ribordy collected a goal and a helper, while sophomore Haley Bowe and freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz found the back of the net as well.

Carrera-Justiz and Osborne led the defensive efforts with two steals, each. Junior Cleo Harrington handled duties in net, stopping eight stops and two steals.

In the second contest against George Washington (13-11, 1-3 CWPA), Harvard took control early and never looked back. After taking a 3-1 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Carrera-Justiz, Osborne and senior Eela Nagaraj, the Crimson continued to go on the offensive and increase its lead. Harvard led 8-3 at the half and tallied four goals in the fourth quarter to earn the 15-8 victory.

Martinelli totaled a hat trick in the second quarter en route to matching her career-high with five goals. Carrera-Justiz put up her best goal total of her rookie campaign, firing in four goals to go along with three assists. Osborne and Nagaraj scored twice as well as Harvard put in at least 15 goals for the third time in the last four games.

Carrera-Justiz led the Crimson with three steals, while Nagaraj and Osborne had two swipes, each. Harrington and sophomore Sam Acker split time in goal for Harvard, as Harrington amassed five saves and Acker had a trio of stops. Harrington also had two assists and two steals.

The Crimson will be back in action tomorrow with a noon matchup against No. 7 Michigan at Hartwick.