No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Hosts Brown in CWPA Matchup

Senior Zoe Osborne set a career high with five assists in Harvard's win over George Washington last weekend (Paul Rutherford).


No. 20 Harvard vs. Brown
April 12, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 58-49-1
W, 9-8 (April 13, 2016)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 20 Harvard women's water polo picks up conference action with a home matchup against Brown Wednesday evening. The Crimson returns to Blodgett Pool for the first time since March 4, with game time set for 7:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
Harvard (12-10, 2-2 CWPA) went 2-1 in a trio of conference games last weekend.  The Crimson took home wins over George Washington and Bucknell Saturday, before falling to No. 7 Michigan Sunday. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz totaled seven goals and four assists to lead the Crimson attack.

Saving the Best for Last
Senior captains Zoe Osborne and Michelle Martinelli put up some of the best performances of their careers this past weekend. Osborne dished out a personal-best five assists against George Washington, while Martinelli matched her career high with five goals in the win over the Colonials. Martinelli scored five goals to set her career-best mark on March 26 against Gannon.

CWPA Outlook
The Crimson currently sits in the middle of the pack in the CWPA standings. No. 7 Michigan finished conference action with an 8-0 record, and No. 10 Princeton ranks second at 6-1. Harvard, along with Brown, No. 17 Hartwick and No. 14 Indiana, all boast 2-2 marks, while George Washington is 1-6 and St. Francis (Pa.) holds a 0-4 record in conference play.

Ready to Lead
Freshmen Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy have continued to lead the Crimson in their rookie campaigns. Carrera-Justiz ranks second in goals (36), first in assists (25) and is tied for second in steals (24) for the Crimson, while Ribordy leads Harvard in swipes with 31 and ranks fourth in scoring (23).

Consistent Crimson
Sophomore Kristen Hong is riding a nine-game scoring streak for the Crimson, the longest such streak since Hong opened the year with a goal in 10-straight contests. Carrera-Justiz has recorded a score in the last seven games, and Ribordy has dished out a helper in the previous five matches.

Scouting Brown
Brown comes to Blodgett Pool with an 18-5 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in conference action. The Bears opened the year 11-2, including an eight-game unbeaten streak from March 4-25. Brown fell in CWPA action to Michigan and Princeton last Saturday, but rebounded with consecutive wins over Bucknell and George Washington Sunday.

Race to the Finish Line
The Crimson concludes regular season play with three conference games April 14-15. Harvard will take on Hartwick Friday at Brown, before squaring off with Indiana and St. Francis (Pa.) at Brown Saturday. The CWPA Championship will be held in Indiana, April 28-30.

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