CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The No. 15 Harvard women's water polo team bested No. 24 Bucknell, 8-6, but fell to No. 11 UC Davis, 11-10. The Crimson moves to 12-2 overall this season.
Game 1 vs. No. 11 UC Davis; L, 11-10
Facing its highest rank opponent on the season yet, the Crimson was edged by the Aggies, 11-10 in the morning contest. Scoring play began as Harvard's Sofia Carrera-Justiz drilled one to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The Aggies responded with a counter goal to tie it all. Both teams exchanged blows to enter the second period tied at three. Carrera-Justiz once again gave the Crimson the lead after connecting with Quinne Pursell for the six-on-five conversion. Despite the early lead, UC Davis strung together scores for a three-goal run to exit the half, 8-5.
The Aggies added to their lead throughout the third period seeing four more goals. Down 11-6 with eight more minutes left of play, an Aggies ejection sparked life within the Crimson as Mathilde Ribordy connected with Kristen Hong. Harvard continued its offensive attack when Pursell and Borden Wahl notched back-to-back goals to bring the Crimson within two. With three minutes on the clock, Pursell forced a penalty against UC Davis, resulting in good five-meter penalty shot. Despite the late burst of life, Harvard fell to UC Davis.
Game 2 vs. Bucknell; W, 8-6
Similar to the morning contest, Carerra-Justiz tallied the first Crimson score before Kristen Hong followed with a shot through the field for a 2-0 lead. Harvard saw four more goals from Carerra-Justiz, Pursell, and Haley Bowe to enter the final half, 6-3.
Harvard maintained its offensive pursuit by capitalizing off a six-on-five on two occasions throughout the third period. The Bison managed to string together two more goals, before entering the final eight minutes of play trailing 8-5. A strong fourth period defense kept Bucknell to just one goal to ensure the 8-6 win.
- Quinne Pursell led the charge against the ranked Aggies, recording five goals, two assists and one designated kick out.
- Goaltender Sam Acker tabbed 15 saves, an assist and a steal.
- Sofia Carrera-Justiz aided the Harvard with five goals, assists and steals on the day.
Harvard looks to a road-heavy spring break campaign on the west beginning March 16-23 seeing opponents from UC Davis, Santa Clara, Fresno State, San Jose State and Stanford.