Freshman Julie Harrison scored twice against Mercyhurst last weekend, marking the second multi-goal outing of her rookie season (Paul Rutherford).
|No. 20 Harvard vs. Bucknell
April 8, 2017 / 10 a.m.
Moyer Pool - Hartwick
Harvard trails, 19-22-1
L, 11-7 (May 1, 2016)
|No. 20 Harvard vs. George Washington
April 8, 2017 / 3 p.m.
Moyer Pool - Hartwick
Harvard leads, 25-1
W, 11-6 (April 30, 2016)
|No. 20 Harvard vs. No. 7 Michigan
April 9, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Moyer Pool - Hartwick
Harvard trails, 2-9-1
L, 10-5 (April 9, 2016)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 20 Harvard women's water polo team gears up for the bulk of conference action as it has a trio of CWPA matches at Hartwick this weekend, April 8-9. The Crimson squares off with Bucknell and George Washington Saturday, before taking on No. 7 Michigan Sunday.
Last Time Out
Harvard (10-9, 0-1 CWPA) used a nine-goal burst in the second quarter to run away from Gannon, 17-6, March 26, capping off a 2-0 weekend for the Crimson after taking down Mercyhurst, 15-4. The Crimson offense was clicking all weekend long, recording its second-highest goal total this season over a two-game stretch with 32 goals.
The Crimson finishes its regular season with seven-straight CWPA matches before the CWPA Championship at Indiana April 28-30. Harvard faces Bucknell, George Washington and No. 7 Michigan this weekend, and will take on Brown at home April 12. The Crimson will then take on No. 19 Hartwick, No. 15 Indiana and St. Francis (PA) at Brown April 14-15.
Total Team Effort
All 11 Crimson who played last weekend, excluding the goalies, scored over the two-game offensive outburst. Freshman Mathilde Ribordy led the way with six goals, while senior Michelle Martinelli had all five of hers in the win over Gannon.
Harvard often uses its lockdown defense to set the tone for a contest, and it has been able to impose its defensive will on opponents recently. The Crimson has held opposing teams to single digits in its last six games, going 4-2 over the stretch. Harvard has only given up double-digit goal totals in four games this year.
Any Given Quarter
The Crimson has shown the ability to score in bunches this season, using a nine-goal quarter to put away the Golden Knights of Gannon last weekend. It was the third time that Harvard has scored at least nine times in a frame this season, with the other two coming in wins against Iona (Feb. 4) and Gannon (Feb. 12).
Ribordy collected her first weekly conference award last week, earning CWPA Rookie of the Week honors for the week of March 20-26. Ribordy totaled six goals, three assists and three steals over two games to win the award. Her classmate, Sofia Carrera-Justiz, collected Rookie of the Week laurels for March 6-12, after notching seven goals, four assists and three steals in three contests that week. Both players have had a tremendous impact on Harvard this season, as Carrera-Justiz leads the team in assists and Ribordy has a team-best 28 steals.
Bucknell enters play this weekend with a 13-13 mark. The Bison are 2-3 in CWPA action, taking down George Washington and St. Francis (PA), while falling to Hartwick, Princeton and Michigan. Emily Knoishi leads the Bison with 60 points on the year, scoring 28 times and dishing out 32 assists. Manuela Herrera has handled the majority of duties in net with 120 saves.
Scouting George Washington
George Washington boasts a 13-10 record heading into the final stretch of the regular season. The Colonials are currently 1-2 in CWPA action, defeating St. Francis (PA) March 10 and dropping recent decisions to Bucknell and Michigan. Scarlett Hallahan leads the offense with 50 goals, while Katherine Moeller is the primary goaltender with 74 stops this season.
Scouting No. 7 Michigan
The seventh-ranked Wolverines are 22-8, including a perfect 5-0 in the CWPA. Michigan is on a 10-game win streak, highlighted by its five most recent wins over conference opponents. The Wolverines scored 20-plus goals against George Washington and Saint Francis, and have yet to allow more than six goals in a conference game. Kim Johnson is one of four Wolverines with at least 40 goals, leading the squad with 49 scores. Heidi Ritner has started all but one game in goal for Michigan, totaling 233 saves this year.