CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 Harvard women's water polo team (12-2, 0-0 CWPA) came from behind in the second half of the match to take down No. 25 Cal State East Bay (5-9, 2-0 WWPA), 16-15. Harvard earned the victory in the last 10 seconds of the match, thanks to the go-ahead goal from sophomore Grace Thawley.
Thawley led the Crimson in scoring with six goals in the match, followed closely by fellow sophomore Borden Wahl who tallied four. Also finding the back of the net multiple times in the match was sophomore Evan Tingler, who registered a hat trick. Tingler recorded four assists as well, the second most on the team behind senior captain Sofia Carrera-Justiz, who had five. Both senior Lana Gorlinski and first-year Brooke Hourigan recorded a steal and leading the team in DKOs was Thawley with four. In goal, sophomore Zoe Banks registered four saves and one assist.
After falling behind 2-0 to start the match, the Crimson came back, scoring two-straight, to earn the 2-2 tie. Cal State East Bay began to pull away late in the first, going on a 4-0 run to take the 6-2 lead into the second quarter. Responding to the Pioneers' opening second quarter goal, Harvard scored two of its own but would trail 8-6 entering the half. The Crimson and Cal State East Bay traded goals back and forth with the Pioneers coming out on top, 10-9, heading into the last period of play. Both teams would combine for four goals in 63 seconds of play in the fourth, tying the match up at 12. Cal State East Bay found the back of the net with 20 seconds left in the match to bring it to a 15-15 tie, but Harvard would persevere, scoring with 10 seconds left for the 16-15 victory.
- Thawley's six goals marks the highest total of scores for her so far this season.
- Carrera-Justiz totaled five assists, one shy of her career high.
- Harvard continues to lead the all-time series against CSUEB, 4-1.
The Crimson will head to California for a string of six road matches., March 14-17. Harvard will play four matches at the Aztec Invite, March 14-15, against CSUN, No. 10 UC San Diego, No. 4 Hawai'i and No. 15 Long Beach State. The Crimson will then head to Pomona-Pitzer to face Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer on March 17.