No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Falls Short Against No. 18 Hartwick, 12-11

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Falls Short Against No. 18 Hartwick, 12-11

Junior Sami Strutner collected two assists and led the defensive efforts with two steals against the Hawks Friday (Paul Rutherford).

– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team dropped its opening contest of the weekend against No. 18 Hartwick, 12-11, Friday night at Brown. The Crimson outscored the Hawks over the final three periods, but an early first quarter deficit proved to be the difference.

Harvard (13-11, 3-3 CWPA) opened its final three-game stretch of the regular season with a 12-11 defeat at the hands of Hartwick (19-9, 3-2 CWPA). The Hawks took an early advantage after scoring five times in the opening quarter, and never relinquished the lead despite getting outscored, 8-7, by Harvard over the last three quarters.

Freshman Mathilde Ribordy led the Crimson with three goals, marking the third-straight game she has scored and her second career hat trick. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz added a pair of goals and an assist, while sophomore Kristen Hong and senior Michelle Martinelli also notched two goals, each.

Junior Sami Strutner helped pace the Harvard attack with two helpers and led the defensive efforts with a pair of steals. Junior Cleo Harrington totaled nine stops in net to go along with a team-high four assists, her highest total this season.

Harvard returns to the pool Saturday, April 15 for a pair of CWPA contests against No. 14 Indiana and St. Francis (PA) at Brown. The Crimson take on the Hoosiers at 9 a.m., before squaring off with the Red Flash at 1:30 p.m.