No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Looks to Make Splash at CWPA Championships

No. 20 Women’s Water Polo Looks to Make Splash at CWPA Championships

Sophomore Kristen Hong and the Crimson hope to improve on the last two seasons when the Crimson collected sixth-place finishes at the CWPA Championships (Gil Talbot).

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No. 20 Harvard at No. 17 Indiana
April 28, 2017 / 4:30 p.m.
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center
CWPA Stretch Internet
Harvard trails, 1-15
L, 7-3 (April 15, 2017)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team is set for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championships this weekend April 28-30 at Indiana. The fifth-seeded Crimson will face the fourth-seeded Hoosiers in the opening round Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
Harvard finished 2-2 in the final week of its regular season April 14-15, taking home conference victories over Brown and St. Francis (PA), while falling to No. 15 Hartwick and then-No. 14 Indiana. Harvard finished the regular season 14-12, including 4-4 in CWPA action.

CWPA Championships Breakdown
Nine teams in the conference will compete over the three-day, 15-game championship to determine the league champion and qualifier for the 2017 NCAA Championship. No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Princeton finished as the top two seeds, respectively, while No. 15 Hartwick, No. 17 Indiana and No. 20 Harvard follow in the No. 3-5 slots. Brown earned the sixth seed, followed by Bucknell, George Washington and Saint Francis to round out the nine conference seeds. The full championship schedule and streaming information can be found here.

Crimson CWPA Championship History
Harvard looks to get back on track in the CWPA Championship with its last title coming in 1995. Since 2000, Brown, Michigan, Indiana and Hartwick have combined to win all the league championships. The Crimson has captured sixth overall the last two seasons.

Finding Its Stride
The Crimson is 7-3 in its last 10 contests entering the league tournament. Harvard rattled off a five-game win streak from March 18 – April 9, including conference wins over Bucknell and George Washington.

Pick Your Poison
Harvard continues to get solid production from a number of players on the offensive end. Four Crimson have scored at least 30 goals this season, led by sophomore Kristen Hong with 45. Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz has notched 40 scores in her rookie campaign, while senior captain Michelle Martinelli has 39 and freshman Mathilde Ribordy has scored 30 goals.

Collective Pressure
The Crimson has prided itself on defense all year long, allowing just over seven goals per contest this season. Twelve different Crimson have totaled at least 10 steals, including six with at least 20 swipes. Senior Zoe Osborne and Ribordy lead Harvard with 32 and 31 steals, respectively.

Scouting No. 17 Indiana
The Hoosiers finished the season 18-9, including a 5-3 mark in CWPA action. Indiana had a strong ending to the regular season by winning five of its last six games, including five-straight CWPA matches. Indiana defeated the Crimson, 7-3, on April 15 at Brown in the only meeting between the two schools this year. The Hoosiers are 1-0 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center on the season.