Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.
DAVIS, Calif.- The Harvard women's water polo team defeated Fresno Pacific, 7-4, in the opening game of the Crimson's California trip. Harvard capped off its first day of competition with a 12-4 loss to No. 15 UC Davis. The Crimson now sits at 9-6 on the season.
Harvard kicked off the road swing with a 7-4 win over Fresno Pacific. The Crimson played lights out defense in the first half as the team kept the Sunbirds off the scoreboard. After the first three periods of action, Harvard enjoyed a comfortable 6-1 lead. Devan Kennifer registered a hat trick while Shannon Purcell tallied a pair of goals. Aisha Price and Patricia Smith rounded out the scoring for the Crimson with a goal each. Laurel McCarthy played three periods between the posts, making five saves in the win. Shami Entenman guarded the cage in the fourth quarter and blocked two shots.
In the Crimson's second match of the day, No. 15 UC Davis earned a 12-4 win. Harvard was plagued by a high number of turnovers in the game. The squad buried all four of its goals in the second half. Ita Barton-Kettleborough netted two goals to lead the team. Elise Molnar and Kennifer both found the back of the net once. McCarthy turned aside three shots in the contest.
Harvard remains in the Golden State and will face No. 7 San Jose St., March 17.