No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Edged by No. 7 Michigan, 15-7

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Sophomore Kristen Hong scored and had two steals against the Wolverines (Gil Talbot).

– No. 20 Harvard women's water polo fell to No. 7 Michigan, 15-7, in conference action Sunday afternoon.

The Crimson (12-10, 2-2 CWPA) had its five-game win streak snapped against the Wolverines (25-8, 8-0 CWPA). Harvard trailed by one (2-1) after the first frame, but the Wolverines built a four-goal cushion at the half, outscoring the Crimson by three to take a 6-2 lead.

Harvard found its offensive rhythm early in the third quarter, scoring four goals in the frame. Michigan, however, matched each Crimson score to make it 10-6 heading into the fourth. Harvard was unable to make a late run as the Wolverines pulled away for the 15-7 win.

Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz led the Crimson attack with two goals. Senior Michelle Martinelli, junior Sami Strutner, sophomore Kristen Hong and freshmen Julie Harrison and Mathilde Ribordy scored as well.

Junior Cleo Harrington posted nine saves in net, and Hong led the Crimson defense with two steals.

Harvard will be back in action Wednesday, April 12 for a home contest against Brown at 7:30 p.m.