BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team fell in the CWPA semifinals to No. 7 Michigan, 11-5, Saturday evening. The Crimson will finish play in the CWPA Championships tomorrow at noon against No. 15 Hartwick in the third-place game.
The Crimson (15-13, 4-4 CWPA) entered the CPWA Championships as the fifth seed, upsetting fourth-seeded Indiana in the quarterfinals, to earn a spot in the semis top-seeded Michigan (27-8, 8-0 CWPA). Harvard fell behind early and was unable to ever fully recover against the Wolverines.
Michigan took a 3-0 lead over the Crimson before sophomore Haley Bowe found the back of the net with six minutes to play in the second quarter. That would be the only score for Harvard in the half as Michigan led by three (4-1) at the break.
Harvard got a trio of goals from senior Michelle Martinelli and a tally from freshman Mathilde Ribordy in the second half, but the Wolverines managed to pull away with a couple timely goals to preserve the 11-5 victory.
Junior Cleo Harrington had nine saves in net and two steals for the Crimson, while senior Zoe Osborne and Ribrody also collected a pair of steals, each.
Harvard will return to action tomorrow for the third-place game against third-seeded Hartwick at noon.