CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — No. 14-ranked Harvard University women’s water polo fell to No. 13 University of Michigan, 14-6, early Saturday morning before bouncing back to defeat Bucknell University, 19-7, in a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division I home games.
The Crimson came out firing to start game two against Bucknell as the team’s seniors lead the way. Brooke Hourigan scored first to open the game, while Borden Wahl added a pair of goals. Goalie Zoe Banks stopped a penalty shot and made numerous stops for the Crimson to aid the Crimson in downing the Bison.
Through the end of the first half, Zoe Banks was three-for-three on five-meter penalty shots and three of the six seniors had found the back of the net. The Crimson lead 9-4 after the first two-quarters of play.
Evan Tingler and Grace Thawley both finished the game with hat-tricks, while Erin Kim and Heidi Heffelfinger notched pairs of goals. Kaity Greenwald, Annabelle Bisconti, Josie Mobley, Sasha Constandse and Annabel Facey each added a solo marker.
Ruby Hodge dished out a pair of assists and Hourigan contributed four steals in support of a 10 save effort by Banks.
In the early game against defending CWPA Champion Michigan, Ella Prentice added a goal and Hodge chipped in another strike.
Thawley and Hourigan also found the back of the net, while Greenwald and Kim scored the other two goals for the Crimson.
Harvard trailed 4-3 after the first quarter and fell behind 7-5 by halftime as Michigan pulled away to claim the victory.
Information courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications