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Women's Water Polo Falls, 10-5, at Long Beach State

Elise Molnar tallied a goal againt Long Beach State Friday (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Harvard women's water polo team continued its spring break trip in California Friday, dropping a 10-5 decision at Long Beach State. The Crimson kept the match close early, but the 49ers eventually pulled away.

Long Beach State scored a little over a minute into the game, but the Crimson were able to quickly answer within 13 seconds to even the score. The 49ers made it 2-1 until Monica Zdrojewski was able to tie it up again to end the first frame.

LBSU started to gain momentum when it shutout Harvard in the second frame. The 49ers found the back of the cage twice to take a 4-2 advantage into halftime.

The Crimson ended its drought in the third with a score, but not before Long Beach State had already scored twice in the quarter. LBSU added another score with five seconds left in the third to make the score 7-3 headed into the final eight minutes.

Harvard was unable to mount a comeback in the fourth, as the Crimson scored two times in the last frame. Long Beach State added three more goals to get to the 10-5 final.

Melissa Matheson and Chelsea Parks each had hat tricks for LBSU, while Ariel Dukes made seven saves in goal for Harvard.

Other than Zdrojewski, the Crimson had goals from Lizzie Abbott, Jelena Cyr, Kalina Grabb and Elise Molnar in the contest.

Harvard is back in action tomorrow at Cal Baptist and UC Irvine tomorrow. The Crimson take on Cal Baptist at 9 a.m. PST before seeing UC Irvine at 6 p.m. PST.