No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Concludes Regular Season with Trio of CWPA Matches

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Concludes Regular Season with Trio of CWPA Matches

Junior Cleo Harrington posted 10 saves in Harvard's win over Brown Wednesday night, marking her fifth double-digit save total on the year (Wan Grabb).

– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team concludes its regular season with three CWPA contests this weekend, April 14-15. The Crimson will take on Hartwick Friday night, before squaring off with Indiana and St. Francis (PA) Saturday. All games will be played at Brown.

Last Time Out
Harvard (13-10, 3-2 CWPA) picked up a big conference victory over Brown Wednesday, as three teams were tied in the CWPA standings with a 2-2 record entering this week. The Crimson and Bears battled throughout the contest, but clutch offense late from Harvard proved to be the difference as freshman Lana Gorlinski gave Harvard a two-goal cushion with a goal at the 1:09 mark of the fourth frame.

CWPA Breakdown
Harvard currently sits in third in the CWPA standings. No. 7 Michigan finished conference play with an 8-0 record, and No. 10 Princeton ranks second at 6-1. Harvard moved to 3-2 with the win over the Bears, while No. 14 Indiana and No. 17 Hartwick are 2-2. Brown is sixth at 2-3, and George Washington and St. Francis (PA) round out the bottom of the standings at 1-6 and 0-4, respectively.

Down to the Wire
The Crimson's win over Brown marked the fifth-straight contest between the two Ancient Eight schools that was decided by one goal. The two teams have played five times over the last two years, and Harvard earned its third win during that span with the victory Wednesday night. Harvard is 4-2 in games decided by one goal this season.

Day In, Day Out
Sophomore Kristen Hong found the back of the net for the 10th consecutive game Wednesday night. The streak ties the longest of the year for Harvard, when Hong began the season with goals in 10-straight matches. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz is currently on an eight-game goal scoring streak, while senior Michelle Martinelli has scored in the last five contests.

Last Line of Defense
Junior Cleo Harrington notched 10 saves in Harvard's win over Brown, including a number of big stops down the stretch. Harrington picked up her fifth double-digit save total of the season as she leads the Crimson with 129 stops.

Fearless Freshmen
Harvard continues to get outstanding play from its freshmen, highlighted by two goals from freshman Mathilde Ribordy and a big goal late from Gorlinski against Brown. Carrera-Justiz added a goal and two assists, giving her a team-high 27 assists. Ribordy leads the Crimson with 31 steals, and Carrera-Justiz and Ribordy hold the highest totals for field blocks with seven and five, respectively.

Scouting Hartwick
No. 17 Hartwick is 18-9 overall, including a 2-2 mark in CWPA action. The Hawks had been on a four-game win streak before falling to No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Princeton in its most recent action. Hartwick is led by Zsofia Polak and Lena Kotanchyan offensively, as Polak has poured in 72 goals on the year, and Kotanchyan has scored 66 of her own.

Scouting Indiana
No. 14 Indiana boasts a 15-8 record this season, going 2-2 so far in CWPA play. The Hoosiers are coming off consecutive wins over Bucknell and George Washington, ending a five-game losing streak to five ranked opponents. Indiana has four conferences matches against Brown, Saint Francis (PA), Harvard and Hartwick to end its conference schedule.

Scouting St. Francis (PA)
The Red Flash are 10-15 overall with an 0-4 record in CWPA action. In its last three contests at Bucknell, St. Francis dropped games to Princeton, Michigan and Bucknell by a combined socre of 43-14. Kelly Fehr led the Red Flash throughout the weekend, scoring eight goals over the three-game stretch.