No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Tripped Up by No. 2 Stanford

Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
Photo by: Jeanie Wahl

STANFORD, Calif.- Concluding its time out west campaign against No. 2 Stanford (13-1), the No. 18 Harvard women's water polo (16-3) dropped the afternoon contest, 20-7. The Crimson recorded a 3-2 record throughout their time in California with two of the contests hitting double-digit goals.

The Cardinal quickly got on the scoreboard when Hannah Shabb began a four-goal rally until Mathilde Ribordy put a pause in the offensive attack with her solo tally. Harvard moved into the second period trailing 6-1. In attempts to create its own offensive moves, Harvard's Grace Thawley and Olivia Pursell capitalized on their scoring drives to the net to end the half, 9-3.

Coming out of halftime, Stanford picked up where it left off with a goal from Cassidy Wiley before Sofia Carrera Justiz countered with the connection from Grace Thawley to make it 10-4. The Crimson added three more goals throughout the final half from Lana Gorlinski and Thawley. Harvard ultimately could not scrounge up enough goals to cut the 13-goal deficit and fell 20-7. 

Harvard Highlights

On Tap
Harvard stays on the road when it travels on the east coast for conference play at George Washington next weekend. The Crimson is slated for two games against St. Francis at 11:30 a.m. and host George Washington at 6 p.m. on March 30. Harvard continues water action the following day for morning contest at 10 a.m. with Bucknell before making the trek back to Cambridge.