No. 16 Women’s Water Polo Drops Semifinal Contest to No. 6 Michigan

Borden Wahl tallied two goals during the semi-final contest. Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
Borden Wahl tallied two goals during the semi-final contest. Photo by: Jeanie Wahl

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 16 Harvard women's water polo team fell to No. 6 and top-seeded Michigan in the semifinal contest, 14-7. The Crimson will now fight for a third-place finish to conclude its 2019 season.

Kicking things off, Harvard's Kristen Hong won the opening sprint but Michigan seized control to tally the first score three minutes into the contest. Taking advantage of the man-up situation, Mathilde Ribordy collected the first tally for the Crimson, but was soon countered on an outside shot from Julia Sellers. The Wolverines notched a three goal-lead to enter the second period of play, 5-2, to continue their offensive attack with five unanswered goals.

After Hong tabbed the third consecutive sprint win, Ribordy picked up her second goal of the day with another six-on-five conversion to begin the final half of play. The Crimson continued its scoring drive when Sofia Carerra-Justiz took it home for the counter. Both teams traded goals, but Harvard still trailed 11-7 heading into the last eight minutes of regulation. Michigan held together a strong defense as Harvard struggled to string together anymore goals while the Wolverines netted three more to secure the bid to the championship match.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Mathilde Ribordy led the charge for the Crimson, recording three goals while first-year Borden Wahl tallied two of her own.
  • The Crimson moves to a 21-8 record going into the contest against Bucknell.
  • Senior goaltender Sam Acker recorded her 100th save of the season during the contest, ending the day with 108.

On Tap
In a fight for third place, Harvard looks ahead to 10:30 a.m. contest against third-seeded Bucknell to conclude its time at the CWPA championship, tomorrow, Sunday, April 28. Broadcast will air on the CWPA website.