No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Splits in Final Regular Season Action

Sam Acker made 14 saves in the win over Marist (Gil Talbot).
Sam Acker made 14 saves in the win over Marist (Gil Talbot).

Sophomore Sam Acker had a season-high 11 saves in net for the Crimson as Harvard earned a 14-3 win over the Red Flash (Paul Rutherford).

– The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team split a pair of CWPA matches to finish up regular season play, defeating St. Francis (PA) after falling to No. 14 Indiana Saturday at Brown. The Crimson took care of the Red Flash, 14-3, bouncing back from a 7-3 loss to the Hoosiers earlier in the day.

Harvard (14-12, 4-4 CWPA) went 1-2 over the final three-game stretch of its season to finish with a conference record of .500. The Crimson cruised in its final game against the Red Flash, earning its sixth double-digit victory of the season.

Sophomore Kristen Hong notched a hat trick as she scored for the 12th-straight game, the longest streak for any Crimson player on the year. Senior Zoe Osborne, junior Sami Strutner and freshmen Julie Harrison and Lana Gorlinski all recorded two goals against St. Francis in a balanced attack. Nine different Crimson recorded an assist, led by a trio from Harrison and sophomore goaltender Sam Acker.

Acker totaled a season-high 11 saves in net and collected three steals. Osborne matched a season-high with four steals for the second time today, giving her the highest two-game total of any Crimson this season with eight over the two contests today, and the Harvard defense had 18 steals in the contest.

In the opener against the Hoosiers, the Crimson offense struggled early and Harvard found itself with a five-goal deficit (5-0) at the intermission. The Crimson outscored Indiana, 2-1 in the third period, but the Hoosiers defense kept Harvard at bay as it preserved the 7-3 victory.

Senior Michelle Martinelli, along with freshmen Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy all scored for the Crimson. Osborne tallied four steals to lead the defense, and junior Cleo Harrington had seven stops in net for Harvard.

The Crimson will return to the pool April 28-30 at Indiana for the CWPA Championships.