Water Polo Splits Final Day of Hoosier Invitational

Water Polo Splits Final Day of Hoosier Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The final day of the Hoosier Invitational saw the No. 19 Harvard women's water polo earn one win and one loss. The Crimson (2-1) defeated Toronto, 17-2, in a morning exhibition and fell to No. 14 UC-Santa Barbara, 8-5, that afternoon.

Highlights

  • Sophomores Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy led the Crimson offense with four goals each. Carrera-Justiz scored twice in each game, totaling five points on the day with an assist against Toronto. Ribordy netted three goals in the exhibition and one against the Gauchos.
  • All four freshmen scored against Toronto. Freshman Quinne Pursell equaled Carrera-Justiz's team-high five points with three goals and two assists. Freshman Remedy Ryan notched her first collegiate points (1g, 1a).
  • Senior goalie Cleo Harrington (1-1) stopped 13 shots against UC-Santa Barbara, while Sam Acker registered eight saves versus Toronto. Harrington also registered a career-high four steals.
  • Sophomore Angie Varona was one of three players to score three goals against Toronto.
  • Three players had two assists on the day: sophomore Lana Gorlinski, senior Sami Strutner, and junior Kristen Hong

Game One vs. Toronto
Toronto drew first blood at 6:40 into the game, but Varona equalized 62 seconds later from two meters. A stretch of 11 unanswered Crimson goals to close out the half was capped when Carrera-Justiz fed Ryan in transition for her first collegiate goal. Pursell picked the Crimson up where it left off after the break and the Crimson never looked back. Harvard shot 17-of-28 (.607) and went 2-for-5 on the power play, while successfully all six power play opportunities for Toronto.

Game Two vs. No. 14 UC-Santa Barbara
Play settled after an opening 4:37 that saw four UCSB goals. Harrington rebounded with five saves in the second quarter, while Carrera-Justiz and Gorlinski found the net to keep Harvard alive at the half, 6-3. Hong and Ribordy helped the Crimson close the gap to two at 7-5, but the deficit proved too much. 

What's Next
Harvard meets Marist and San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Bruno Classic hosted by Brown.