Devan Kennifer scored three times, but Harvard dropped its Harvard Invitational opener to San Jose State Friday night at Blodgett Pool (photo courtesy Harvard Atheltic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team snapped a five-game win streak, as No. 12 San Jose State pulled away from the Crimson, 15-8, at Blodgett Pool Friday night. The matchup, which was pegged as the Harvard Student Rewards game, was the opening game in the Harvard Invitational.
Harvard put itself in a hole early, as the Spartans opened the first period with a 4-1 lead. The Crimson were resilient in the first half, as they have been all season, and came back to get within one at the halftime break. Harvard outscored San Jose State, 3-1, during the second frame.
San Jose State regained momentum out of the break, as the Spartans put up four goals in the third quarter. Harvard could muster only one tally in the third, leaving San Jose State with a 9-5 lead, which the Spartans would ride to victory.
The Crimson found the back of the cage three times in the final eight minutes, but San Jose State added six scores to secure the win.
Devan Kennifer led Harvard with a hat trick, while Victoria Frager and Shayna Price scored twice. Shannon Purcell contributed three assists.
On the defensive end of the pool, Aisha Price, Lizzie Abbott and Ariel Dukes each came up with two steals. Dukes stopped nine Spartan shots in goal.
The Crimson is back in Blodgett Pool tomorrow for a pair of games at the Harvard Invitational. Harvard meets No. 18 Princeton at 11:40 a.m. and Bucknell at 7 p.m.
The invitational restarts at 9 a.m. tomorrow with Iona vs. San Jose State.
No. 12 San Jose State 15, Harvard 8
Devan Kennifer 3
Victoria Frager 2
Shayna Price 2
Shannon Purcell 3
Aisha Price 2
Lizzie Abbott 2
Ariel Dukes 2
Ariel Dukes 9