No. 22 Women’s Water Polo Opens Weekend at St. Francis Against No. 13 Indiana  

No. 22 Women’s Water Polo Opens Weekend at St. Francis Against No. 13 Indiana   

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 vs. No. 13 Indiana
Sat., March 24 / 9:30 a.m. EST
W, 12-11 (4/28/17)
Harvard trails, 2-15

 at Saint Francis (Pa.)
Sat., March 24 / 6 p.m.
W, 14-3 (4/15/17)
Harvard leads, 4-0

 vs. George Washington
Sun, March 25 / 11 a.m.
W, 15-8 (4/8/17)
Harvard leads, 27-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three games await the Harvard women's water polo team (11-10) at Saint Francis University this weekend. The 22nd-ranked Crimson will battle No. 13 Indiana, before meeting the host Red Flash and George Washington in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Scouting No. 22 Harvard
Harvard returns to action on the east coast following a 10-game jaunt in the Golden State. Eight of those matches pitted the Crimson against opponents ranked in the top-25 of the latest Division I poll and a ninth team was ranked as the No. 1 team in the Division III rankings. The latest CWPA Poll placed the Crimson at No. 22, after going 4-6 in California.

The Crimson offense has been balanced this season. A sextet of Harvard student-athletes have at least 20 goals this season led by junior attacker Kristen Hong's 43. Sophomore Mathilde Ribordy's 35 is next among the group, with Sofia Carrera-Justiz (28), freshman Olivia Price (25), rookie Quinne Pursell (23), and senior Sami Strutner (22) also on the list. Carrera-Justiz paces the squad with 40 assists, 27 steals, and nine blocks. Hong (19a, 22 stl) and Strutner (18a, 18 stl) are second and third on the team in helpers and swipes.

Junior Sam Acker and senior Cleo Harrington continue to split time in net with a high-level of success. Both goalies have 122 saves and 12 assists to date. Harrington is credited with 15 steals, while Acker has six.

Scouting No. 13 Indiana
The Hoosiers stand at 17-5 and will begin the weekend against the Crimson. Indiana competed at the Sun Devil Invite two weeks ago, falling to No. 6 Arizona State, 12-2, before topping Pomona-Pitzer, 11-4, and No. 25 Fresno State, 7-4. Sarah Young led the Hoosiers on offense, with support coming from throughout the lineup as eight different players registered multiple points. Goaltender Jessica Gaudreault recorded more than 30 saves over the weekend.

Scouting Saint Francis
SFU won twice and lost once at the Hartwick Invite on Saturday, March 17. The Red Flash are 12-5 in 2018 after losing to Hartwick, 24-18, and defeating, Siena, 14-11, and Utica, 10-2. Marialena Seletopoulou led Saint Francis with 10 goals in Oneonta, N.Y. The hosts open the weekend against George Washington.

Scouting George Washington
The Colonials are 9-6 this season. George Washinhton won matches against Gannon, 14-9, and Virginia Military Institute, 14-12 (OT), last weekend. Scarlett Hallahan became the all-time leading scorer for George Washington (364 points) after registering five goals and three assists last weekend. Beliberg, Heck and Ponce are other offensive threats, each having registered 20 or more goals this season. Junior Katherine Moeller has seen the majority of time in goal, with her last-reported save total (73) and save percentage (36.5%) leading the team.

Follow the Leader
The Harvard captains are senior attacker Sami Strutner and senior goalie Cleo Harrington

Crim-of-the-Crop
The Crimson program has continued to rise under the tutelage of the Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis. Harvard finished last season with its highest-ever final national ranking (No. 15) following an appearance in a CWPA Championship Semifinal after defeating No. 16 Indiana. 

Class of 2020
Four new faces appear in the Harvard lineup this season: Jilly CroninQuinne PursellOlivia Price, and Remedy Ryan. Pursell and Price are attackers, while Ryan is a 2-meter player, and Cronin is listed as utility personnel. 

Championship Aspirations
Harvard continues to climb the championship ladder. The Crimson finished fourth in the conference in 2016-17, improving upon sixth place finishes in each of the two seasons prior. Harvard eliminated No. 16 Indiana in the quarterfinal round.