No. 18 Women’s Water Polo Collects Two Wins on Day One of Bruno Classic

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I.,- The No.18 Harvard women's water polo team succeeded on day one of the Bruno Classic, finding wins over No. 16 Wagner and Siena. The Crimson tallied a 15-12 victory over the ranked Seahawks before a 19-6 win against the Saints.

Game 1 vs. No. 16 Wagner
Opening up tournament play, junior Sofia Carrera-Justiz connected on a cross pass with sophomore Olivia Price to notch the first goal of the game. After a Wagner goal to tie the game, Carrera-Justiz kept the Crimson scoring drive rolling, capitalizing on a six-on-five before exiting the period. Before going into the final half, Harvard saw two more goals from Kristen Hong and Lana Gorlinski.

The third peiord of play saw Harvard's offense come alive as Hong began the attack leading to more Crimson goals from Price, Mathilde Ribordy and Evan Tingler. Wagner's Malia Josephson pushed to keep the Seahawks alive with a score of her own before the final eight minutes of play. Despite the late push, Wagner could not cut their three-goal deficit to fall 15-12. 

Game 2 vs.  Siena
Carrying the win momentum into the second match against Siena, the Crimson posted a 19-6 victory. Both teams remained scoreless until a minute and a half in when first-year Grace Thawley found the back of the net for the first Harvard score. A minute later, Thawley found the net again to go back-to-back for her first-career goals.

The first-year didn't stop there, Thawley continued to add to count after teammate Olivia Price tabbed the first score of the second period. In an attempt to counter Harvard's offense, Siena put up three goals in the second period. However, the Crimson's continuous run of scores and dominant defense left the Saints scoreless in the final period of play.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Kristen Hong tallied a collective six goals on the day with five of them coming in the first match against No. 16 Wagner.
  • First-year Grace Thawley found the back of the net on eight occasions in the contest against Siena and forced six designated kick-outs.
  • First-year Evan Tingler recorded her first career goal in the win over the Seahawks.
  • Zoe Banks recorded 19 saves on the day, with three steals and two assists.

What's Next?
The Crimson concludes tournament play tomorrow Sunday, Feb. 3 at 10:20 a.m. against La Salle.