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Offense Clicks as No. 22 Women’s Water Polo Overpowers St. Francis, Edged by No. 13 Indiana

Offense Clicks as No. 22 Women’s Water Polo Overpowers St. Francis, Edged by No. 13 Indiana

LORETTO, Pa. – The 22nd-ranked Harvard women's water polo toppled St. Francis, 13-7, and fell to No. 13 Indiana by one goal, 11-10, on Saturday at the Red Flash Tournament in Stokes Natatorium. Junior Kristen Hong powered the Crimson offense with three goals against Indiana and scored four times against St. Francis, while junior Haley Bowe recorded her first collegiate hat trick against St. Francis.

Highlights

  • The 10 goals against No. 13 Indiana was the highest offensive output by the Crimson this season against a higher-ranked opponent.
  • Hong accounted for 10 points on the day adding three assists to her seven goals. The attacker also led Harvard in steals during both contests, totaling five on the day.
  • Seven student-athletes registered multiple goal games. Sofia Carrera-Justiz scored twice in both games. Senior Sami Strutner and freshman Olivia Price each posted a pair of goals against the Hoosiers. Sophomore Mathilde Ribordy and Bowe hit the mark against St. Francis.
  • Goalies Cleo Harrington and Sam Acker split time in net. Harrington made five saves against the Hoosiers and three against the Flash. Acker stopped six shots against St. Francis and four versus Indiana.
  • Sophomore Julie Harrison connected with Price, Hong, and Carrera-Justiz for a career-best, team-leading three assists against Indiana. 

No. 22 Harvard vs. No. 13 Indiana
The Crimson found itself in a hole, 5-2, at the half. Hong score the first of her trio out of the break. Strutner, Price, and freshman Quinne Pursell followed to pull Harvard closer, 8-6, after the third. Carrera-Justiz found Hong to register the first Harvard goal of the fourth. From there Harrison delivered her three helpers to Price, Hong, and Carrera-Justiz to bring the Crimson within one, 11-10, but the clock expired before Harvard could complete the comeback. 

No. 22 Harvard. vs. St. Francis
Ribody got the Crimson on the board and Carrera-Justiz added another to keep the match 2-2 after one period. Harvard allowed three points in the second, but created separation with five of its own, 7-5. Bowe's second of the day kicked-off a trio of Crimson points in the third, with Harrison and Carrera-Justiz also finding the back of the net, 10-7. Harvard secured the victory by scoring three more times and not giving up any in the fourth. Hong put away two shots and Bowe capped the evening with the Crimson's 13th goal. 

What's Next?
Harvard concludes the Red Flash Tournament on Sunday against George Washington at 11 a.m.

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