SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team fell in another pair of tight contests at the 2018 Aztec Invitational. The Crimson (7-8) was defeated by No. 19 Cal State Northridge (12-11), 10-8, before falling to No. 11 UC San Diego (17-10), 7-5, in the final day at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex.
- Senior attacker Sami Strutner tallied five goals, two assists, and one block today. The captain's seven-point output (5g, 2a) is the highest single-day total of her collegiate career. The Redwood City, Calif. native's hat trick against the 11th-ranked Tritons is her most goals since scoring four times against Fresno Pacific as a sophomore (3/6/16).
- Haley Bowe's two goals against the 19th-ranked Matadors tied the defender's career-best.
- Freshmen Olivia Price registered three steals versus UC San Diego and Quinne Pursell swiped two passes against Cal State Northridge. Both were career-highs.
- Senior goalie Cleo Harrington was credited with 18 saves across the two games.
Game One vs. No. 19 Cal State Northridge
Kristen Hong halted a three-goal run by the Matadors to open the first with her first of two goals on the day. CSUN added another point prior to the end of the first, 4-1. Bowe and Strutner responded with two power play goals in the second, but a special teams goal from Cal State Northridge moved the score to 5-3 at halftime. Pusell's third-quarter goal was bookended by four scores from the Matadors. Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Bowe narrowed the gap to three, 9-6, after a halt in the action. Desptie two more goals from Strutner and Mathilde Ribordy, the Crimson were unable to level the scoreboard and ultimately fell, 10-8.
Game Two vs. No. 11 UC San Diego
Strutner responded to UCSD's opening goal with a pair of her and the Crimson led after the first frame, 2-1. Hong added her only other goal of the day two minutes into the second, but the Tritons responded with three points of their own to take a 4-3 lead at the half. Harvard struggled to find the back of the net in the third and eventually found itself down three, 6-3, entering the fourth. Strutner and Pursell altered the scoreboard with more goals in the final stanza, but UC San Diego held on for the win, 7-5.
Harvard continues its west coast trip against Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. (EST).