No. 14 Women’s Water Polo Splits on Senior Day

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- In honoring its three seniors, Sam Acker, Haley Bowe and Kristen Hong, the No. 14 Harvard Women's bested George Washington, 10-7, but fell to Bucknell, 9-7. The Crimson moves to 19-5 overall and 2-2 in CWPA play. 

Vs. George Washington; W, 10-7
Opening up scoring play on the day, George Washington netted the first goal before Harvard's Sofia Carrera-Justiz countered for the tie exiting the first period. A goal-vs-counter goal banter ensued between the two teams as Borden Wahl, Lana Gorlisnki, Kristen Hong and Carrera-Justiz collected a goal each for the slight advantage heading into the remaining half of play.

Connecting with Carrera-Justiz on the drive, Olivia Price extended the Crimson lead by three before two more goals were fired from Evan Tingler and Grace Thawley. Despite the cushion, the three-goal difference remained as the Colonials Carlson and Atherton countered. Harvard's combination of defense and two additional goals secured a 10-7 victory. 

Vs. Bucknell; L 9-7
Moving into its evening match against Bucknell, Harvard quickly trailed three goals to the Bison as Quinne Pursell collected the only score of the half off a penalty shot. Coming out of break, Bucknell continued its scoring with a tally from Kali Hyam. In a speedy fashion the Crimson tallied back-to-to-back goals, all within 55 seconds, from Hong, Carrera-Justiz and Hong again in the front half of the third period. 

With the momentum shifted in the Crimsons favor, Mathilde Ribordy continued the offensive strike to tie the contest at five, before Evan Tingler launched it from the back to take the lead going into the final eight minutes. After managing to tie the contest at seven, the Crimson could not resume its attack to counter the Bison's two goals and fell, 9-7.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Kristen Hong collected three goals and two assists on the day, while junior Sofia Carrera-Justiz notched four goals and three assists
  • Fellow senior, Sam Acker tabbed 13 saves in the contest against the Bison

On Tap
Harvard concludes the weekend with another conference matchup against St. Francis, Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m. Broadcast will air on ESPN+