Pictured: Devan Kennifer
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography
STOCKTON, Calif.- The Harvard women's water polo team posted a 1-1 record on the final day of matches in the trip to the Golden State. The Crimson bowed to No. 17 Pacific to open the day but concluded the journey with a victory. Harvard now owns an 11-8 mark on the year after going 3-3 in the week-long swing.
Harvard dropped an 11-5 decision to No. 17 Pacific, Saturday afternoon. The Crimson managed to fire 33 shots in the contest but only five found the back of the net. Devan Kennifer registered her third hat trick of the team's trip to the Golden State. Lizzie Abbott and Monica Zdrojewski each buried a marker for Harvard. Laurel McCarthy turned in a solid performance in net, making seven saves in the loss.
The Crimson took on Cal State Monterey Bay in the squad's west coast finale. Harvard wrapped up the trip with a 13-10 win. The Crimson jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. The Otters clawed back into the game, cutting the Harvard lead to 7-6 midway through the game. Cal State Monterey Bay would not back down as the Crimson clung to a 10-9 advantage in the fourth quarter. Harvard rattled off three more goals in the final stanza and only let up two goals down the stretch. Zdrojewski turned in her third three-goal performance of the team's tour of California. Ita Barton-Kettleborough tallied a hat trick while Patricia Smith netted two goals. Abbott, Kennifer, Kelly Peeler and Aisha Price rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece. Kennifer also recorded seven steals in the match. McCarthy turned aside six shots to preserve the win.
Harvard will square off against Marist, March 27, in the team's final tuneup before Northern Division play kicks off.