LEWISBURG, Pa. – The No. 23 Harvard women's water polo team kicked off the CWPA Tournament Friday defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 11-3, advancing to play No. 10 Princeton in the evening. The Crimson challenged its Ivy rival, but fell in the end, 12-4.
Harvard will play again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. facing the winner of the Bucknell vs. St. Francis matchup earlier in the day.
Harvard 11, St. Francis 3
Junior Kristen Hong scored a hat trick and sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz tallied six points on four assists and two goals, leading the Crimson to an 11-4 victory over St. Francis in the first game of the CWPA Tournament.
Harvard wasted little time taking control of the game, scoring four goals in the opening frame. The teams traded goals in the second quarter with the Crimson taking a 6-3 lead into halftime. Those would be the last goals St. Francis registered, as the Crimson defense proved impenetrable in the final two quarters. Hong and Carrera-Justiz went back-and-forth scoring in the third quarter and Mathilde Ribordy capped the scoring with a tally in the fourth quarter.
- Cleo Harrington made 10 saves in the first three quarters and Sam Acker stopped three shots in the fourth.
- Sofia Carrera-Justiz recorded six points, including four assists.
- Harvard made 18 steals with Julie Cronin and Lana Gorlinski each swiping four.
Harvard 4, Princeton 12
Harvard matched Princeton in the opening stanza, each team finding the mesh three times, but Princeton would pull away over the final three quarters for the 12-4 win.
Hong scored the first two Crimson goals and Ribordy had the third in the first quarter for the Crimson. Carrera-Justiz had Harvard's fourth goal in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Princeton lead.
- Harrington made eight saves in the game.
- The Crimson defense made nine steals against the Tigers.