CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- In a true defensive fashion, the Harvard women's water polo team captured its first conference victory of the season over Brown, 7-6. The Crimson moves to 10-0 on the season, adding to its best start in NCAA varsity program history.
In a nearly scoreless first period of play, sophomore Quinne Pursell put up the first goal of the match on a six-on-five drive after five and half minutes of play. Moving into the second period the Crimson picked up its offensive strategy as Mathilde Ribordy extended the lead just 25 seconds in. Brown's Dagmara Czajka, however, countered with of goal of her own before Ribordy capitalized on another six-on five.
Tied 3-3 going into the second half of play, the Crimson's Ribordy struck a hat trick only 30 seconds in to give the Crimson the lead yet again. The Bears quickly countered with a score of their own, beginning a goal-counter-goal bout. Throughout the final eight minutes of play, Harvard saw the last two goals from Evan Tingler and Kristen Hong to seal the 7-6 victory.
- First-year goaltender Zoe Banks collected seven saves with two assists and a steal throughout the contest.
- Leading the Crimson, junior Mathilde Ribordy found the back of the net on three occasions while additionally tabbing an assist and a steal.
- The Crimson forced a total of 11 ejections.
The Crimson continues home play as the squad squares up with Ancient Eight opponent No. 18 Princeton at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 2:15 p.m. contest against No. 24 California Baptist. All contests throughout the weekend will broadcast on ESPN+.