No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Tops No. 19 San Jose State 10-7

Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
Photo by: Jeanie Wahl

SAN JOSE, Calif.- In its second to last west coast contest the No. 18 women's water polo collected another victory over San Jose State, 10-7. The Crimson is now 3-1 during its California campaign and 15-3 overall.

With a combination of a strong defense and an offensive strategy the Crimson jumped out to a 4-0 lead seeing two goals from Kristen Hong while Borden Wahl and Sofia Carrera-Justiz added their own into the mix. Hong continued her dominant attack to the net tabbing the first goal of the period when she connected with Mathilde Ribordy on the six-on-five conversion to extend Harvard's lead to five. The Spartans managed to get on the board when the strung together two scores from Isabella Schmidt and Lili Urvari. Exiting the first half of play, Harvard maintained the lead, 6-2. 

The Spartans continued to add another two goals in the third, but the Crimson countered with goals from Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy for the four goal-difference. In the final eight minutes of play San Jose State went on to tab another three goals but that was not enough to overcome the deficit prior to the shots fired from Grace Thawley and Evan Tingler. With the victory, The Friends of Water Polo Head Coach and Coach of Excellence Ted Minnis recorded his second victory against his alma mater.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Kristen Hong added three more goals to her arsenal to put her just five goals away from collecting the 250-career goals milestone. Additionally, the attacker tallied a steal
  • In the net, senior Sam Acker left the Spartans scoreless throughout the first period of play, while collecting 11 saves overall.
  • Both Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Evan Tingler recorded two assists for a game-high.

On Tap
The Crimson concludes its time out west Saturday, March 23 against No. 2 Stanford at 3 p.m. EST.