PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 19 Harvard women's water polo opened the Bruno Classic with a defeat of No. 24 Marist, 13-3, then fell in a close contest to No. 13 San Diego State, 10-8. Sophomore attacker Mathilde Ribordy led the Crimson (3-2) with five goals, while freshman Olivia Price led the team with nine points (1g, 8a) on the day.
- Three of Ribordy's team-leading five goals were delivered at pivotal moments against SDSU. The first two kept Harvard in the game, 3-2, after the first quarter. The Québec City, Quebec, product was also involved in the Crimson's final two goals, scoring the seventh and assisting the eighth.
- Price's five assists versus Marist established a new career-high for the rookie and single-game, season-high for the Crimson.
- Attacker Sofia Carrera-Justiz paced Harvard on both sides of the pool. The sophomore had four points (2g, 2a) and a pair of steals versus Marist. Carrera-Justiz added four more points (2g, 2a) and four steals against San Diego State.
- Junior Kristen Hong led all players with four goals and had two steals against Marist.
- Senior goaltender Cleo Harrington (3-1) made seven saves in the win against the Red Foxes.
- Junior net-minder Sam Acker (1-1) posted eight saves in the loss to the Aztecs.
- Sophomore defenders Lana Gorlinski matched her career-high with two goals versus Marist.
Game One vs. No. 24 Marist
The Crimson defense limited the Red Fox offense to five shots and a trio of goals through three quarters, before Harrington made five saves in the fourth quarter to complete a 13-3 victory in the opener of the Bruno Classic. Carrera-Justiz opened the scoring and Hong added another goal to give Harvard the 2-1 lead after the initial frame. In the second, Ribordy added the third goal and Gorlinski's first score of the day proved to the be the game-winner. Hong (4g) and Carrera-Justiz (2g, 2a) each had four points and two steals on the day, but Price led all players with five (1g, 4 a).
Game Two vs. No. 13 San Diego State
Two Ribordy goals helped Harvard keep pace with the Aztecs after the first frame, 3-2. Carrera-Justiz, Gorlinski, and freshman Quinne Pursell, did the same for the Crimson to head into the break down two, 7-5. Junior Haley Bowe opened the second half with her only score of the day. The goal helped Harvard outscore San Diego State in the third quarter and make it a one-point game in the fourth. The Aztecs got the only goal of the final session and took the win.
The Crimson head to the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson play Iona (10:30 a.m.) and Wagner (2:15 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 17. Harvard faces Villanova at 1 p.m. the next day.