Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 22 Harvard women's water polo team will make the quick trip to Providence, Rhode Island Wednesday evening to take on Brown in a conference matchup. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and fans unable to make it to the game can watch the broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.
Scouting No. 22 Harvard
Harvard opened the conference portion of its schedule last weekend, playing a quartet of games at its home venue, Blodgett Pool. The Crimson opened the weekend with a 14-4 drubbing of St. Francis, but fell in its next two games to No. 13 Indiana, 7-6, and No. 9 Michigan, 12-7. Harvard bounced back in its weekend finale, topping No. 12 Hartwick, 12-10.
Freshman Quinne Pursell led the offense over those four games, netting eight goals. The rookie from Oceanside, California has 32 goals on the year. Junior Kristen Hong leads Harvard with 57 tallies, including six from the start of conference play. Sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz paces the team with 47 assists and 34 steals.
In net, the combination of senior Cleo Harrington and junior Sam Acker continue to each play at a high level. Acker has 152 saves this season, one more than Harrington. Harrington boasts 18 steals this season.
The Bears went 2-2 last weekend and stand at 13-14 overall. Brown defeated St. Francis, 12-4, and Connecticut College, 9-6, but fell to Michigan and Indiana. Senior Jessica Heilman has a team-leading 46 goals and is second on the squad with 51 steals. Junior McKenna Miller has swiped 63 balls, while also finding the back of the net on 30 occassions. Senior Marisol Dakan has been the primary netminder for Brown, making 160 saves.
The Harvard-Brown series has been closely contested in recent years. Each of the last five meetings has been decided by a single goal. Harvard has come out on top in three of those matchups, including a 9-8 win in 2016 and an 8-7 triumph a year ago. All-time, Harvard leads the series against the Bears, 59-49-1.
The Crimson will close out the regular season with a trio of matches at Princeton this weekend. On Saturday, April 14, Harvard will face Bucknell and George Washington before capping the season with a meeting with the 15th-ranked Tigers.
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 Cronin, Quinne Pursell, Olivia Price, and Remedy Ryan. Pursell and Price are attackers, while Ryan is a 2-meter player, and Cronin is listed as utility personnel.
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.