FRESNO, Calif.- In overtime fashion, the No. 18 Harvard women's water polo team collected another victory over a ranked opponent with the 13-12 win against No. 13 Fresno State. The squad continues to improve to 14-3.
The Crimson wasted no time getting on the score board as Grace Thawley connected with Evan Tingler for the first tally. Three minutes later Borden Wahl fired a solo shot to bring the lead to two, however, the Bulldogs responded with a three-goal run before exiting the first period leading by one. After a goal from Thawley to tie it up at the beginning of the second, Fresno State picked up where it left off notching four unanswered goals and forcing Harvard to take a timeout to slow the offensive attack.
Breaking through the Bulldogs defense, Quinne Pursell scored an even strength solo goal to spark life in the Crimson's offense. Throughout the remainder of the half Harvard saw goals from Sofia Carrera-Justiz, Haley Bowe and another from Pursell for a two-goal deficit.
Carrying the attack into the third period, Evan Tingler capitalized on a penalty shot before Lana Gorlinski fired the power play goal through the field for the tie game, 9-9. The tie game continued as both sides exchanged goals in the fourth to force overtime. Tingler continued her hot streak collecting the final two goals of the game to ensure the victory.
- First-year Evan Tingler collected a career-high four goals with an assist and two designated kick-outs.
- The victory over the Bulldogs marks the second win in three forced overtimes this season.
- Harvard picked up its third win over a ranked opponent, one of those in a previous forced OT game.
The Crimson continues its California campaign taking on No. 19 San Jose State on Thursday, March 21 at 9 p.m. EST before concluding against No. 2 Stanford on March 23 at 3 p.m. EST.