No. 14 Women’s Water Polo Finds Success Over St. Francis In Final Home Contest

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-  In its final home contest of the season, the No. 14 Harvard women's water polo team bested St. Francis 19-11 to improve to 20-5 and 3-2 in conference play. With the victory, Harvard has now collected 20 wins for fifth time since the programs recognition by the NCAA. 

Starting off the offensive attack in what would become a high-scoring game, Mathilde Ribordy collected back-to-back goals before Metzli Enriquez offered a counter. The Crimson would continue to tally two more scores from Grace Thawley and Quinne Pursell for a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period. While allowing only two more goas to the back of the net. Harvard collected a three-goal run from Pursell, Olivia Price and Kristen Hong to extend the Harvard lead.

Entering the second half of play up 9-5, Evan Tingler continued the Harvard offensive push. The Red Flash managed to work its way to keep a four goal-difference after offering counter-goals on Crimson strikes throughout the period but still trailed 14-10 heading in to the last eight minutes of regulation. Harvard continued to add to its count on the scoreboard as it saw drives from Borden Wahl, Hong, Tingler and Pursell to ensure a positive outcome, 19-11. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Sixth time this season the Crimson has recorded 18 or more goals on its opponents.
  • For the fifth time in NCAA program history, Harvard has tabbed 20 wins in a season.
  • Senior Kristen Hong tabbed a game-high six goals, with three coming in the second period. 

On Tap
Harvard concludes its conference play when it takes on the top-seed Michigan at Bucknell on April 13 at 1 p.m. Following the contest, the Crimson awaits its seeding into the CWPA Championship host by Brown on April 26-28.