No. 17 Women’s Water Polo Adds Two More Victories at Bison Invite

Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
Photo by: Jeanie Wahl

LEWISBURG, Pa.- Now 9-0 on the season, the No. 17 women's water polo team continues to improve on its' programs best start with two more wins against Siena, 16-8 and No. 18 Wagner, 11-10.

Game 1 vs. Siena

In the first rematch of the day, Siena's Diana Fernandez found the back of the net to give the Saints a short-lived lead. Harvard quickly gathered a goal from Borden Wahl to tie the match before the Crimson strung four goals from Kristen Hong and Olivia Price together to end the first period in the lead, 5-2. The scoring advantage remained in the Crimson's favor throughout the second period as Sofia Carrera-Justiz, Evan Tingler, and Mathilde Ribordy tallied their own scores for a 9-4 mark.

In a fight to cut the deficit, the Saints fired four more goals, but the Crimson answered back to almost double its tallies from the first half. Wahl connected with Ribordy and Price for two more goals in the second half, delivering the final blow for the 16-8 victory over the Saints.          

Game 2 vs. Wagner

The battle flow for the second rematch of the day against No. 18 Wagner consisted of a strong defense and capitalizing on the limited scoring opportunities. The Seahawks' Savannah Henshaw tabbed the first score off a five-meter before Olivia Price went into action for a counter attack goal to bring the tie. Price continued her scoring drive as Lana Gorlinski drew an ejection for the six-on-five advantage, allowing Price to give the Crimson the go-ahead.

The second period of the match saw more offensive action from both sides as they continued a goal-counter goal style play. Harvard notched five more tallies from Carrera-Justiz, Wahl, Hong, Price and Inde Halligan, while allowing three to move into the final half of play with a two-goal lead. Throughout the third quarter, Wagner managed to tie come back and tie the contest, 9-9, after capitalizing on six-on-five situations. As the final eight minutes ticked on, Wahl fired the final six-on-five shot to give the Crimson the lead and forcing the Seahawks to call a timeout. With a true defensive attack, first-year Zoe Banks left the goal to capture the ball from Wagner and seal the 11-10 win. 

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year Zoe Banks tabbed 17 saves on the day with two assists and two steals.
  • The Crimson moves to 9-0 on the season to improve its' programs best start since the program began in 1997.
  • First-year Borden Wahl recorded five goals, including the game winner over Wagner, two assists and a steal. 

What's Next?
The Crimson takes a hiatus in preparation of the Harvard Invite from March 1-3. Harvard welcomes conference foes, Brown and Princeton before taking on California-Baptist and UC Davis.