No. 22 Women’s Water Polo Stumbles at No. 7 UC-Irvine, 16-6

Sofia Carerra-Justiz scored twice against Irvine (Gil Talbot).
Sofia Carerra-Justiz scored twice against Irvine (Gil Talbot).

IRVINE, Calif. – Sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz scored twice and had three steals, but the No. 22 Harvard women's water polo team (8-9) fell at No. 7 UC-Irvine Thursday evening, 16-6. 

Harvard was able to open up an early lead on Irvine, posting a 3-2 score after the first quarter. Carrera-Justiz opened the scoring on the power play 58 seconds into the game. After two Irvine goals, junior Kristen Hong responded to even the game with 1:40 to go in the period. One minute later, Hong set up freshman Olivia Price for a score to give Harvard the edge.

Early in the second period, Irvine scored two-straight to retake the lead, but sophomore Mathilde Ribordy struck on the power play at 5:30 to even the score again at 4-4. Irvine took control at that point, scoring the next seven goals before Carrera-Justiz her second goal late in the third quarter. Sophomore Lana Gorlinski scored again for the Crimson at the end of the third, but three more Irvine tallies in the fourth closed out the game.

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard recorded 11 steals as a team.
- Sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz netted two goals and had three steals.
- Harvard went 3-for-6 on power play opportunities.

What's Next
- Harvard begins play at the LMU Invitational today at 1:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. PST) against No. 23 Marist. The Crimson will play the host, No. 11 Loyola Marymount at 5:15 p.m. EST.