PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 18 women's water polo team (9-1) defeated No. 22 San Diego State, 10-8, in its first match of the day before going on to take down St. Francis (N.Y.), 20-6, on the first day of the Princeton Invite.
Senior captains Sofia Carrera-Justiz and Mathilde Ribordy and first-year Brooke Hourigan each contributed four goals in the Crimson's two victories on the day. Leading the team in assists was junior Olivia Price and sophomore Borden Wahl, who each tallied three helpers. Price and Hourigan both recorded five steals over the two matches. In goal, sophomore Zoe Banks totaled five saves against San Diego State, while first-year Alexis Kieckhafer was credited with six saves and two assists against St. Francis (N.Y.).
In its first match of the day against San Diego State, the Crimson got out to an early 4-2 lead after the first quarter thanks to two goals from sophomore Grace Thawley. San Diego State made a comeback in the second and third quarters, outscoring Harvard 5-3 to tie the match up at seven heading into the fourth quarter. With under a minute remaining in the match and the Crimson up 9-8, sophomore Evan Tingler found the back of the net for the insurance goal and Banks would make a last-minute save to help Harvard preserve the 10-8 victory.
The Crimson continued its momentum into its second match, outscoring the Terriers 11-4 in the first half. Kieckhafer would post the first shut-out quarter of her Crimson career, allowing Harvard to take the 15-4 lead into the fourth quarter. A five-goal period by the Crimson, two of which came from Ribordy, would seal the eventual 20-6 victory
- Seven players found the back of the net against San Diego State.
- Senior Lana Gorlinski, Ribordy and Hourigan each had a hat trick in the match against St. Francis (N.Y.).
- The Crimson drew 20 ejections over the two matches.
The Crimson will continue action at the Princeton Invite tomorrow, Feb. 16. Harvard is set to face No. 17 Wagner for the third week in a row at 12 p.m.