No. 17 Women’s Water Polo Sweeps Bruno Classic to Remain Undefeated

Zoe Banks Action Shot
Photo Courtesy of Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 17 women's water polo team won both of its matches at the Bruno Classic to move to 4-0 on the season. The Crimson took its first victory of the day against Whittier, 20-9, before pulling out an 11-10 win in a closely-contested match with No. 18 Wagner.

Senior captains Sofia Carrera-Justiz, Mathilde Ribordy and junior Quinne Pursell all found the back of the net five times to lead Harvard in scoring on the day. They were followed closely by first-years Brooke Hourigan, Jaiden Miller and sophomore Borden Wahl who each tallied four goals of their own. Sophomore goalie Zoe Banks recorded 17 saves through six quarters of play while first-year goalie Alexis Kieckhafer totaled five saves in the second half of the match against Whittier.

In its first matchup of the day, against the Whittier College Poets, the Crimson got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Carrera-Justiz and Hourigan. After Whittier answered with a goal of its own to cut Harvard's lead in half, the team went on a four-goal run and would eventually end the first quarter with a 6-2 lead. The Crimson's dominance continued into the second, with Banks not allowing Whittier to score until the final two minutes of play. Kieckhafer would come in for the second-half of the match and hold strong in net, not allowing more than six goals and enabling Harvard to seal the eventual 20-9 victory.

Later in the day against Wagner, the Crimson would go down 1-0 to start, but a successful penalty shot by Hourigan would tie the match up at one. Harvard would face a one goal deficit again, and this time, a penalty shot by Carrera-Justiz would be the score to tie the match up at three. Going into the second quarter, Wagner would hold the 4-3 lead, however, four unanswered goals by the Crimson would allow it to take the 6-4 lead entering the half. Harvard and Wagner traded goals back and forth throughout the third and fourth quarters with Wagner always within one strike of Harvard's lead. The Crimson would weather Wagner's late push to take the 11-10 victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Banks' thirteen saves against Wagner ties her career-high that was set last season against George Washington on Mar. 3.
  • Seven different members of the Crimson got on the scoresheet in its match against Wagner.
  • Wahl tallied a career-high four goals, while Pursell recorded a career-high four assists against Whittier.

Up Next
The Crimson will continue its string of road matches at the Bucknell Invite, Feb. 8-9. In Lewisburg, Pa., Harvard will face LIU, Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis Brooklyn and No. 18 Wagner.