No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Tops Brown, 8-7

Freshman Lana Gorlinski scored with just over a minute remaining to give Harvard a two-goal lead against the Bears (Paul Rutherford).

– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team finished play at home with an 8-7 win over Brown at Blodgett Pool Wednesday night. Freshman Lana Gorlinski scored with just over a minute to play to secure the win for Harvard.

Harvard (13-10, 3-2 CWPA) picked up a big conference victory over Brown (18-6, 2-3 CWPA), as three teams were tied in the CWPA standings with a 2-2 record entering tonight. The Crimson and Bears battled throughout the contest, but clutch offense late from Harvard proved to be the difference.

Brown opened the contest with an early goal that was matched by senior Zoe Osborne with 3:39 to go in the first quarter. The two Ivy schools remained tied at 1-1 after the opening eight minutes of action.

Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz put the Crimson up 2-1 with 5:30 to go in the second quarter, and Hong gave Harvard a two-goal lead (3-1) off the long outlet pass from senior Michelle Martinelli. Martinelli also set Carrera-Justiz up to begin the frame, fiishing with a team-high two assists. 

Brown roared back to tie the game with 14 seconds to go in the half, scoring twice in the final three minutes to make it 3-3 at the intermission.

Neither team managed to retake the lead until late in third period, when Martinelli found the back of the net on a laser from straight on at the 2:16 mark of the quarter. Once again, Brown responded to tie the game, but freshman Mathilde Ribordy scored the first of two consecutive goals with 13 seconds left in the third.

Ribordy began the fourth with another goal, scoring 20 seconds in to give the Crimson a 6-4 advantage. Brown continued to hang around, but a goal from sophomore Haley Bowe and a late score from freshman Lana Gorlinski with 1:09 to play secured the victory for Harvard.

Junior Cleo Harrington totaled 10 stops in net, marking her fifth double-digit save total on the year.

The Crimson finishes regular season action with a trio of CWPA contests at Brown this weekend. Harvard faces Hartwick Friday night, before squaring off with Indiana and St. Francis (PA) Saturday.