No. 21 Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 15 Wagner, Defeats Siena on Sunday

Sami Strutner had a hat trick in the finale against Siena (Gil Talbot).
Sami Strutner had a hat trick in the finale against Siena (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 21st-ranked Harvard women's water polo team (7-4) closed out the Harvard Invite Sunday, falling in its morning game to No. 15 Wagner, 10-6, but bounced back with a resounding 15-6 victory over Siena.

No. 15 Wagner 10, No. 18 Harvard 6
Harvard used a three-goal third quarter to close a 5-1 halftime deficit, but No. 15 Wagner was able to pull away down the stretch for the 10-6 victory. The Seahawks scored the game's first four goals before freshman Olivia Price got Harvard on the board at 4:30 in the second.

Harvard's offense spurt in the third period began with another Price goal and followed up with tallies from Julie Harrison and Kristen Hong. Hong's goal came in transition for the Crimson and ended with her faking out the goaltender for the score. Wagner responded with three goals of its own and led 8-4 at the end of the third.

Senior Sami Strutner and sophomore Mathilde Ribordy found the back of the net in the fourth, but it was not enough as Wagner scored two more as well.

HIGHLIGHTS
- Harvard scored three times on the man-advantage against Wagner.
- Cleo Harrington made 13 saves for the Crimson in net. 

Harvard 15, Siena 6
The Crimson burst out the gate in its tournament finale, posting six goals in the first frame en route to a 15-6 triumph over Siena. The duo of Sami Strutner and Jilly Cronin registered three and four goals, respectively.

Julie Harrison and Strutner struck quickly in the opening period, setting the tone for the Crimson. Olivia Price made it 3-0 moments later before Strutner struck again. Quinne Pursell capped the first quarter scoring. Freshman Remedy Ryan got herself on the scorecard in the second quarter, helping the Crimson take a 9-1 lead into halftime.

The scoring continued in the third quarter with Cronin potting a pair to start it off. She added to her count in the fourth with two more goals, including the Crimson's final goal of the game.

HIGHLIGHTS
- Freshman Jilly Cronin was tremendous in the second half with four goals.
- Sami Strutner capped a great tournament with a hat trick.
- Junior Sam Acker had 14 saves.

What's Next
Harvard heads to California during Spring Break, beginning play at the SDSU Invitational. In total, Harvard will play 10 games on its West Coast trip.