Kristen Hong Breaks Career-Goals Record in Aiding No. 12 Women’s Water Polo in Saturday Successes

Kristen Hong Breaks Career-Goals Record in Aiding No. 12 Women’s Water Polo in Saturday Successes

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In an astounding feat, senior Kristen Hong broke the previous career-goals record held by Yoshi Andersen (248), after collecting eight goals on the day for a grand total 254-career goals. The milestone came from a combination of goals in the 13-6 win over St. Francis and an 18-4 victory against host George Washington. Harvard now improves to 17-4 on the season.

Vs. St. Francis; W, 13-6

Resuming conference play with a morning contest against the Red Flash from St. Francis, Harvard jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first period in response to an early St. Francis goal. Crimson goals began with Lana Gorlinski, Mathilde Ribordy, Haley Bowe, Borden Wahl and Hong. The Crimson scoring drives continued into the second as Sofia Carerra-Justiz capitalized on the man-up advantage as she fired the seventh straight Harvard goal through the goaltenders' grasp. Shortly after, St. Francis worked three goals into the mix to exit the first half of play, trialing 9-4.

The third period of play saw more four more Crimson goals from Grace Thawley, Quinne Pursell, Hong and Bowe. Rounding out the final eight minutes of play, both sides of the pool played a strong defensive strategy, recording forced ejection after forced ejection to maintain the 13-5 score. In an almost scoreless period, St. Francis converted on the six-on-five, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. 

Vs. George Washington; W, 18-4

Heading into the contest Just shy one goal from reaching the 250-career goals milestone, Kristen Hong amassed the momentous accomplishment just a minute and a half into the contest for a solo shot and the Crimsons second tally. Harvard continued on a four-goal run before the Colonials responded with just one score in the period. 

Moving into the second frame, 8-1, Harvard tallied four more goals from Pursell, Hong, Thawley and Olivia Price for a nine-goal difference. Throughout the third period, Zoe Banks left the Colonials scoreless, allowing her offense to record another five-straight scores. To cap off the victory, Mathilde Ribordy found Quinne Pursell for the up and over shot and a 18-4 victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • In the second contest against George Washington, senior attacker Kristen Hong launched five balls to the back of the net to break the program career-goals record with 254 goals.
  • Against George Washington, both Hong and Quinne Pursell led the offensive charge as the pair tabbed five goals each.
  • With the win over George Washington, the Crimson has now recorded wins with 15 or more goals on seven occasions this season.

On Tap

Harvard will honor its three seniors, Kristen Hong, Haley Bowe and Sam Acker for their last time at Blodgett Pool on April 6-7 when the trio and the rest of the squad takes on George Washington, Bucknell and St. Francis. Broadcast will air on ESPN+ both days of competition.