No. 5 Cal Uses Big First Quarter to Down Women's Water Polo, 22-9
Shayna Price had four goals to pace the Crimson Saturday (Justine Agaloos).
BERKELEY, Calif. – A slow start plagued the Harvard women's water polo team for the second straight afternoon, as No. 5 Cal stormed out of the gates en route to a 22-9 win over the Crimson to conclude the team's spring break trip to California.
The Bears struck for eight goals in the opening period to open up a six-goal lead that proved too much for the Crimson (13-9) to overcome. Harvard outscored the Bears, 5-3, in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as the Crimson ends its trip to the Golden State with a 3-5 record with all five losses to ranked opponents.
Shayna Price paced the offense for the Crimson with four goals, while Elise Molnar delivered two goals and two assists. Yoshi Andersen, Victoria Frager and Aisha Price all found the back of the net once to round out the offense.
The Crimson struck twice in the opening stanza, getting goals from Frager and Shayna Price; however, Cal found the range eight times to take a commanding lead. In the second, both defenses took over with Harvard limiting Cal to just three goals in the stanza, while Shayna Price picked up her second tally of the contest in the frame.
The Bears tacked on eight more scores in the third period to put the game out of reach, as Aisha Price netted the lone Crimson tally in the period.
In the fourth, Shayna Price netted two more goals, and Elise Molnar also scored twice, as the Crimson tallied five goals to Cal's three to close the gap, but it was not enough to overcome the Bears' quick start.
Harvard will now have time to recuperate after playing eight games in eight days, returning to action April 3 against Brown at 7 p.m. in the team's final home game of the season.
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