No. 21 Harvard Splits First Day at Princeton Invitational

No. 21 Harvard Splits First Day at Princeton Invitational

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 21 Harvard women's water polo team beat Iona, 15-7, and fell to No. 12 Wagner, 13-9, during its first day at the Princeton Invitational. Sofia Carrera-Justiz led the Crimson (4-3) with seven goals and four assists (11 pts.) on the day, including a career-best four goals against Wagner (5-3).


Game One vs. Iona
The Crimson overwhelmed the Gaels (2-11) with six goals in the first quarter and never looked back. Hong initiated the scoring with the first of her two goals as Harvard built a 6-2 lead in the opening act. Iona held the Crimson scoreless in the second and inched closer at the half, 6-4. And a flurry of back-and-forth goals within a 28-second span after the break indicated the match would be an intense one. However, the Crimson's adjustments in the second half proved too much. Five players netted multiple goals and Harvard cruised to a second win against Iona this season, 15-7.

Game Two vs. No. 12 Wagner
Goals from Strutner and Carrera-Justiz kept Harvard even with Wagner after the opening quarter. The tide turned from there. The Crimson found the net three times in the ensuing frame, but Kimberly Watson scored four of the Seahawks' six second-period goals to give Wagner all the distance it needed. The Green and White outscored the Crimson, 5-3, after the break and never relinquished the lead.

What's Next
Harvard faces Villanova at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.