PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 19 Harvard women's water polo team fell in an overtime thriller to Brown, 10-8, on Wednesday night in Katherina Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Sophomores Mathilde Ribordy and Julie Harrison led the Crimson (15-14, 2-3 CWPA) with two goals and five points (1g, 4a), respectively. Senior goalie Cleo Harrington made 12 saves in the loss to the Bears (14-14, 2-3 CWPA).
- Harrison's five points were a career-high. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native had previously registered three points on three different occasions.
- Harrington made 10 or more saves for the fourth time this season.
- This was Ribordy's sixth multi-goal game of the 2018 season.
Ribordy drew first blood in the fifth minute and freshman Quinne Pursell gave Harvard a 2-1 lead with 29 seconds left to play in the first. Brown took the lead in the second, scoring four times, but Ribordy and junior Kristen Hong kept it a one-goal game at the half, 5-4. Harrison delivered the equalizer, 5-5, in the opening minutes of the second half. Sophomore Lana Gorlinski reclaimed the lead for Harvard at 2:15 in the third. Brown got a helpful bounce off its own post at 4:54 to tie things up and took the lead, 7-6, with 3:52 to play. As time was winding down, sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz sprinted through the water and beat Marisol Dekan low and left to even the score at sevens. Things seemed to turn Harvard's way in the first overtime when freshman Oliva Price pulled up on a fast break and fired a shot past Brown's goalie for the 8-7 lead. However, the Bears evened things up at 1:19 in the first extra period and added two more goals in the second to take the win, 10-8.
Harvard will take on Bucknell, George Washington, and No. 11 Princeton in the final weekend of regular-season play. The Crimson meet the Bison (9:30 a.m.) and Colonials (6 p.m.) on Saturday, April 14, before facing the Tigers on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.