Harrington Named Player of Game as No. 23 Women’s Water Polo Defeats George Washington

Harrington Named Player of Game as No. 23 Women’s Water Polo Defeats George Washington

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior goalie Cleo Harrington and the No. 23 Harvard women's water polo team shut out George Washington through the first half of play and stormed to a 10-2 victory in the seventh-place match of the 2018 Collegiate Water Polo Association Tournament on Sunday. Harrington made 13 saves earning Player of the Game honors, while fellow senior Sami Strutner scored once, assisted another goal, and had two steals in their final game for the Crimson (17-19). Following the tournament, junior Kristen Hong was named to the all-tournament team.


  • Sophomore Julie Harrison and junior Kristen Hong led Harvard with four points. Harrison led the squad with two goals (2g, 2a) and three steals, while Hong posted a team-best three assists (1g, 3a).
  • Sophomore Sofia Carrera-Justiz also posted a team-leading two goals.
  • Harrington's 13 saves against GWU marked her fifth match with 10 or more stops this season.
  • Freshman Quinne Pursell and Olivia Price each scored the final contest of their rookie campaigns. Classmate Jilly Cronin also earned a point with an assist.
  • Defenders Haley Bowe and Lana Gorlinski were two of five Crimson players to record at least two steals. Harrison, Pursell, and Strutner were the others.

Harvard 10, George Washington 2
Sophomore Mathilde Ribordy scored the lone goal of the first quarter, before the Crimson erupted for six second-quarter goals. Four of Harrington's saves came through the first two periods as Harvard held a 7-0 advantage at the half. Despite a score from the Colonials, a trio of goals padded Harvard's lead in the third quarter, 10-1. GWU tallied another goal in the fourth, but five more saves from Harrington helped the Crimson close out the win, 10-2.