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No. 19 Women’s Water Polo Heads West for Annual California Trip

No. 19 Women’s Water Polo Heads West for Annual California Trip

Sophomore Kristen Hong has scored in every game this season for the Crimson (Paul Rutherford).

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 No. 19 Harvard at No. 4 California
March 11, 2017 / 5:30 p.m. EST
Spieker Aquatics Compex
Pac-12 Network
Harvard trails, 0-3
L, 22-9 (Mar. 22, 2013)
L3

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No. 19 Harvard at Sonoma St.
March 12, 2017 / 1 p.m. EST
                  Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool
Harvard leads, 2-0
W, 14-4 (March 15, 2015)
W2

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No. 19 Harvard at No. 13 UC Davis
March 12, 2017 / 7 p.m. EST
                     Schaal Aquatics Center
Harvard trails, 0-7
L, 11-10 (Mar. 16, 2015)
L7

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No. 19 Harvard at Fresno Pacific
March 14, 2017 / 9:30 p.m. EST
             Sunnyside Aquatics Center
Harvard leads, 5-0
W, 18-7 (March 6, 2016)
W5

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   No. 19 Harvard at No. 9 Pacific
March 15, 2017 / 9 p.m. EST
                      Chris Kjeldsen Pool
Harvard trails, 0-4
L, 11-8 (Mar. 17, 2015)
L4

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No. 19 Harvard at No. 10 San Jose St.
March 17, 2017 / 9 p.m. EST
                     Aquatics Center
Harvard trails, 0-6
L, 19-12 (Mar. 8, 2015)
L6

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No. 19 Harvard at Santa Clara
March 14, 2017 / 4 p.m. EST
                      Sullivan Aquatic Center
Harvard leads, 5-1
W, 7-5 (Mar. 19, 2016)
W2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 19 Harvard women's water polo team is set for a seven-game road trip on its annual West Coast visit March 11-18. The Crimson opens the trip with a contest against No. 4 Cal on Saturday, March 11 that will be broadcast on the PAC-12 Network at 5:30 EST.

Last Time Out
The No. 19 Harvard women's water polo team concluded play at the Harvard Invitational with a 4-3 loss to No. 21 Wagner at Blodgett Pool last Sunday. The Crimson finished 1-3 in tournament play last weekend, earning a 10-9 win over No. 23 Marist, while also falling to No. 11 Princeton and No. 16 UC San Diego. Senior Michelle Martinelli and sophomore Kristen Hong led the Crimson with six goals apiece during the four-game stretch.  

California Dreamin'
The Crimson will be tested throughout the trip with four games against teams ranked in the top-15. Harvard opens with a matchup against No. 4 California, followed by a doubleheader on March 12 against Sonoma St. and No. 13 UC Davis. Harvard resumes play verses Fresno Pacific March 14 and No. 9 Pacific March 15, before concluding the trip at No. 10 San Jose St. March 17 and Santa Clara March 18.

A Year Ago
After opening 1-2 in California a year ago, the Crimson rattled off six consecutive wins to close out action on the West Coast. Harvard dominated on the defensive end, holding seven of its nine opponents to single digits. The Crimson defeated three top-25 teams during the stretch with wins over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, No. 14 Loyola Marymount and No. 25 Cal State Northridge.

Martinelli Madness
Martinelli helped the No. 19 Crimson take down No. 23 Marist on Senior Night, scoring a game-high four goals to lead the Harvard attack. Martinelli rattled off three-straight goals during the second and third quarter, before firing in the game-winner at the 1:48 mark of the fourth quarter to help guide the Crimson past the Red Foxes. The senior ranks second on team in goals with 13 this season.

Day In, Day Out
Harvard has received consistent production from sophomore Kristen Hong through 10 games this season. Hong has tallied at least one goal in all 10 contests, giving her a team-high 18 goals on the year. She has tallied three hat tricks, including a four-goal outing against Gannon earlier this year.

Dynamic Defense
Harvard has shown the ability to shut down its opponent's offensive attack on a regular basis. The Crimson has recorded eight games when its opponents have scored in single digits, including allowing just two goals in a 17-2 thrashing of Gannon Feb. 12. The pair of goals marked the lowest total since giving up just one goal to Notre Dame (Ohio) in a 15-1 win on April 11, 2015.

Scoring Spree
The Crimson attack has shown the ability to score in bunches, already totaling at least nine goals in two different quarters this season. Harvard rattled off 10 goals in the second quarter of a 13-6 win against Iona on Feb. 4, along with a nine-goal outburst in the second frame against Gannon Feb. 12.

Scouting No. 4 California
The fourth-ranked Golden Bears are 12-3 to open up the 2016-17 slate. Cal went 2-2 in its most recent tournament, taking down San Jose St. and Arizona St. before dropping contests to Stanford and UCLA. Junior Dora Antal leads the offense with 35 goals, while senior goaltender Madeline Trabucco has totaled 67 saves in 13 games.

Scouting Sonoma St.
The Seawolves hold a 6-13 mark on the season. Sonoma St. has won three of its last five games, including wins over Chapman and Redlands. Senior Nicole Groat leads the Seawolves in scoring with 30 goals and sophomore Lyndsie Williams has paced the offense with 20 assists to go along with her 29 goals. Sophomore Taylor Plorin handles the duties in net and has recorded 139 saves this season.

Scouting No. 13 UC Davis
The Aggies are 11-13 on the year. UC Davis won five-straight contests from Feb. 18-25, but have fallen twice in its last four games. Juniors Greta Kohlmoos and Paige Virgil led the Aggies with six goals apiece in their most recent win over Hartwick in sudden death.

Scouting Fresno Pacific
Fresno Pacific is off to a 9-6 start this season. The Sunbirds have won eight of its last nine contests, including a six-match win streak at one point. The offensive attack is led by freshman Amber Penney with 26 goals, while seniors Courtney Hall and Kaylin Drum have split duties in net this season, combing for 81 saves.

Scouting No. 9 Pacific
Pacific is 10-7 as it is a little over halfway through the 2017 campaign. The Tigers have put together two three-game win streaks and have only lost back-to-back games once this season. In its most recent tournament hosted by Michigan, the Tigers took down No. 13 UC Davis and No. 18 Hartwick while falling to No. 5 Arizona St. and No. 6 UC Irvine. Freshman Kyra Christmas leads the Pacific attack with 33 goals and 20 assists. Junior Alexis Hollinrake has amassed 135 saves in goal for the Tigers.

Scouting No. 10 San Jose St.
San Jose St. boasts a 6-11 record. All of its loses have come against teams ranked No. 15 in the country or higher, including two losses to No. 4 Cal. The Spartans are led by sophomore Carla Toha Vilanova on the offensive end with 24 goals, while senior Donia Momen has added 20 scores of her own.

Scouting Santa Clara
The Broncos are 4-13 this season. Santa Clara has lost its last five contests, including an 0-4 mark at the Wolverine Invitational at Michigan. Sophomore Hannah Buck is the high-scorer for Santa Clara on the year with 17 goals. 

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