No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Shuts Out LaSalle, 17-0

No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Shuts Out LaSalle, 17-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the first time since the 2011 season, the Crimson has started off the season 5-0 and amassed a 17-0 shut out for the first time in varsity program history.

Opening up the scoring play for the Crimson, senior Kristen Hong connected with junior Sofia Carrera-Justiz for an up and over toss. Shortly there-after, first-year Grace Thawley continued her offensive hot streak from yesterday, finding the back of the net to begin a dominant Crimson rally. In the first period alone Harvard notched eight goals from Hong, Thawley, Carrera-Justiz, Quinne Pursell and Lana Gorlinski.

Throughout the second period of play, the Explorers pressed to keep the Crimson at bay, but Harvard added three more scores. Ribordy notched a solo shot before Hong connected with fellow classmate Haley Bowe to create a double-digit lead. Following halftime, Purcell continued the scoring energy before junior Angie Varona tabbed her first goal of the game and third on the weekend.

In the final eight minutes of play, Remedy Ryan capitalized on a five-meter shot for the final Crimson goal. Although leading 17-0, the defensive end sealed the win as Varona put up an impressive block with 20 seconds remaining on the clock, allowing Banks to gain possession from the explorers to add to her shut out win in her second weekend of play with the Crimson.

Friends of Water Polo Head Coach and James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence Ted Minnis shared his thoughts on the team's historic accomplishment, "I was really proud of the way we focused on the defensive side of the ball and to get a shutout in water polo is something that is very difficult to accomplish so to do that with this team is a pretty special feeling."   

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Kristen Hong and first-year Mathilde Ribordy tallied four goals each. Ribordy additionally recorded three steals and an assist.
  • Junior Sofia Carrera-Justiz lead the team with four assists while recording two steals and a score.
  • First-year goal tender Zoe Banks tabbed five saves on the day.
  • The 17-0 shut out marks the first time since the program turned varsity.

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The Crimson prepares for the Bucknell Invite competing against Gannon, Salem and a rematch with Wagner, Feb. 9-10.